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Lyric is thrilled to present an exciting slate of virtual performance experiences giving you a multitude of ways to continue to make music, opera, and Lyric a part of your life. Join us from the comfort of your couch or the passenger seat of your car for a season full of works that will redefine how you think of opera.

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Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter

Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter

Lyric's Ryan Opera Center presents a free virtual concert celebrating the depth and breadth of Black artistry, hosted by world-renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who also serves as artistic advisor for the event. The concert also features prominent Ryan Opera Center alumni — soprano Whitney Morrison, mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges, and baritone Will Liverman — and three current 2020/21 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members — tenors Martin Luther Clark and Lunga Eric Hallam, and baritone Leroy Davis.

Breaking Down the Score: Attila with Maestro Enrique Mazzola

Breaking Down the Score: Attila with Maestro Enrique Mazzola

Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola stars in an original, engaging, and delightful web series centered on the twelve musical numbers of Verdi’s Attila. In each episode, Maestro Mazzola shares a personal interpretation and reading of one of the pieces, offering unique insight into one of Verdi’s early masterpieces from a conductor at the height of his craft.

Tune in each week and be the first to see new episodes by subscribing to Lyric's channel on YouTube.

Master Classes with Sir Andrew Davis

Master Classes with Sir Andrew Davis

Lyric takes you behind the scenes as Music Director Sir Andrew Davis leads a series of one-on-one master classes with Ensemble members of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble, one of the premier professional artist-development programs in the world. Working with the artists on one of his favorite operas, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Maestro Davis shares detailed insights to help them prepare for international careers.

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Pasión Latina

Pasión Latina

Celebrate music of the Spanish-speaking world with a free virtual concert starring and hosted by renowned soprano and Lyric favorite Ana María Martínez. Presented by The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, the concert also features prominent Ryan Opera Center alumni—tenors René Barbera, David Portillo, Mario Rojas, and bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba—and two current 2020/21 Ensemble members—soprano Denis Vélez and baritone Ricardo José Rivera. These engaging artists will perform a dynamic selection of some of their favorite music from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Argentina, and Spain, with piano accompaniment by Ryan Opera Center music director Craig Terry and current Ensemble pianist Chris Reynolds.

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Creating The Factotum

Creating The Factotum

Follow the development of a new opera that transcends the limits of traditional repertoire. The Factotum will reinvigorate an established operatic comedy by giving it a fresh fade. Ryan Opera Center alumnus Will Liverman and DJ/recording artist K-Rico reimagine Rossini's The Barber of Seville by placing their work in a present-day Black barbershop in Chicago while combining operatic singing with hip-hop, barbershop, gospel, funk, neo soul, and R&B music. Working with the authors, the Ryan Opera Center will hold a music workshop for The Factotum in December. The behind-the-scenes process of creating the new work will be documented and shared with audiences at a future date.

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Sole e Amore (Sun and Love)

Sole e Amore (Sun and Love)

Revel in the sounds of Italy with a virtual recital awash with beautiful lesser-known musical gems by beloved Italian opera composers, curated and hosted by Lyric's Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola and presented by The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. With Maestro Mazzola at the piano, members of the Ryan Opera Center 2020/21 Ensemble will perform songs by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, and Mascagni, selected with love by Mazzola.

Premiering Sunday, February 21 at 6:00 pm CT on Lyric’s YouTube and Facebook channels.

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Magical Music Around the World

Magical Music Around the World

Experience the artistry of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble in a delightfully entertaining, cabaret-style program featuring some of your very favorite bewitching melodies. Our talented singers and pianists will whisk you away with a thematic performance of operatic and popular music, led by Grammy-winning Music Director Craig Terry. Thanks to some technological magic, alumni from around the globe will join the evening to share how their careers have benefited from the amazing training and experience they received at the Ryan Opera Center.

The Sonata Sessions

The Sonata Sessions

Gioachino Rossini was — unbelievably — only 12 years old when he wrote six gorgeous string sonatas while spending a summer in Ravenna, Italy. Originally written for a string quartet, Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola leads an enhanced string ensemble featuring members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra in performances of all six of these beautiful, lesser-known pieces. Each video in the digital series will feature one of the sonatas, with new videos being released every week.

Lyric Audio Streaming

Lyric Audio Streaming

Nothing quite compares to the excitement of hearing the biggest stars in the opera world performing with a full orchestra and chorus in front of a live audience. Now you can experience the magnificent sound of full-scale opera free, whenever you like, with Lyric Audio Streaming. Listen to previously recorded full operas online and through a variety of online music streaming platforms.

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Attila Highlights in Concert: Explore More with Enrique Mazzola

Attila Highlights in Concert: Explore More with Enrique Mazzola

Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola leads world-renowned principal artists in a performance of piano-accompanied excerpts from Verdi's Attila, the story of the infamous "Scourge of God," his consuming desire for power, and his final downfall.

The Great Verdi Chorus Showdown

The Great Verdi Chorus Showdown

Verdi's choruses are some of the most exhilarating experiences in opera. Whether you're a longtime opera fan or a casual listener, the power of Verdi’s choral melodies have the power to move you and thrill you with the sheer splendor and beauty of their sound. In a stirring new digital series, the three maestri of Lyric—Music Director Sir Andrew Davis, Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola, and Chorus Master Michael Black—will each conduct two grand Verdi choruses, performed by members of the Lyric Opera Chorus, recorded from the safety of the artists’ homes. The fun begins as we share them here and spotlight one masterpiece per week — giving you the chance to vote for your audience favorite!

April 28 - May 2, 2021

Twilight: Gods

Twilight: Gods

Experience a reimagining of the final chapter of Wagner's epic Ring cycle in the Chicago premiere of Twilight: Gods. From the safety of your own vehicle, you'll be immersed in a series of live performances, videos, and installations brought to life by singers, small instrumental groups, and actors as you drive through the parking garage. With new English texts written by Yuval Sharon and poetic transitions written and performed by Chicago interdisciplinary artist avery r. young, each of the discrete scenes is linked together and recontextualized, making this story unique to its time and place.

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Rising Stars in Concert

Rising Stars in Concert

Enjoy a program of rarely heard operatic gems in the annual showcase of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center: Rising Stars in Concert. This concert will be led by conductor Christopher Allen, with Ryan Opera Center pianist Chris Reynolds and a chamber ensemble of Lyric Opera Orchestra members. Don't miss this opportunity to hear the talented artists from one of the world's leading artist-development programs in a concert designed to showcase their outstanding abilities.

Premieres Sunday, May 16, 2021

Celebrating Sir Andrew Davis, from Mozart to Stravinsky

Celebrating Sir Andrew Davis, from Mozart to Stravinsky

Music Director Sir Andrew Davis leads members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and star soloists in a rousing concert that celebrates his remarkable career at Lyric. The program includes selections from Mozart's beloved comedy, The Marriage of Figaro — the first opera Sir Andrew conducted at Lyric — and Stravinsky's English-language masterpiece The Rake's Progress — the last opera he would have conducted as music director this spring — with personal narration from some of your favorite Lyric artists.

Join us to raise a glass to Sir Andrew — and to more than three decades of his glorious music-making!

 

Premieres Thursday, June 10, 2021

The New Classics: Songs from the New Golden Age of Musical Theater

The New Classics: Songs from the New Golden Age of Musical Theater

Take a seat, fire up your biggest screen, and experience a star-studded virtual cabaret featuring some of your favorite Broadway and Lyric voices in the comfort of your own home this June with The New Classics: Songs from the New Golden Age of Musical Theater.

For the Love of Lyric Concert

For the Love of Lyric Concert

A free virtual concert from the stage of the Lyric Opera House. The starry lineup is led by world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming and features special guests, including Tony Award® and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-actress Heather Headley, soprano Ailyn Pérez, bass Soloman Howard, and mezzo-soprano and Ryan Opera Center alumna J'Nai Bridges, with Doug Peck serving as music director. Members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble and members of the Chicago Children's Choir also perform in this enlightening and entertaining program of familiar and revelatory selections from the worlds of opera, Broadway, popular music, and some surprising sources.

These projects are generously supported by

Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel

Patricia A. Kenney and Gregory J. O'Leary

Susan and Robert Morrison

Anonymous

 

Virginia Tobiason

Lyric Opera of Chicago wishes to thank its Official Airline, American Airlines.

Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joe Mazza/Brave Lux, Jean-Baptiste Millot, Svetlana Pasedko, Todd Rosenberg, Jaclyn Simpson, Scott Suchman Photo,