September 09. 2022 - October 01. 2022

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September 09. 2022 - October 01. 2022



The 2022/23 Season opens with a thrilling continuation of Lyric's acclaimed early Verdi series. Ernani reveals Verdi at his most irresistibly melodic and dramatic. A persecuted nobleman forced to disguise himself as an outlaw, Ernani loves beautiful Elvira, but she's pursued by two other men — her uncle, Silva, and the King of Spain, Carlo. This "love quadrangle" inspires grand-scale arias and ensembles, bursting with the unique energy and drive that were Verdi's own. Music Director Enrique Mazzola leads a quartet of world-renowned Verdians in Lyric's sumptuously beautiful production that is designed to bring you an exhilarating operatic experience.

  • Language: Sung in Italian with projected English titles
  • Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes with 2 intermissions
  • Location: Lyric Opera House
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Maestro Enrique Mazzola is generously sponsored by the following members of the Enrique Circle: Alice & John Butler, H. Gael Neeson, Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel, and Robert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation.

The Enrique Circle is comprised of Lyric's most dedicated supporters who are committed to championing Maestro Enrique Mazzola's exciting artistic vision and legacy.

Lyric's presentation of Verdi's Ernani is generously made possible by Alice & John Butler, H. Gael Neeson, Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel, the Robert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation, Abbot and Patricia A. Kenney & Gregory J. O'Leary. Additional support is provided by Lyric Opera of Chicago's Production Circle.

Meet the artists

** Ryan Opera Center alumnus
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Program book

Go inside this production of Ernani with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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Photo: Lyric Opera of Chicago