Lyric Opera of Chicago

World Premiere Announcement


Lyric Opera of Chicago announces 2015-16 world premiere


commissioned as part of Lyric’s  Renée Fleming Initiative 

Music by composer Jimmy López, libretto by playwright Nilo Cruz,
conducted by Sir Andrew Davis;
based on the best-selling novel by Ann Patchett.
Soprano Danielle de Niese stars in central role.

Anthony Freud, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, today announced details of its latest world premiere. Bel Canto, by the gifted young Peruvian composer Jimmy López, with libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, is based on the best-selling novel by Ann Patchett. To premiere in Lyric’s 2015-16 season, the new opera will be conducted by Lyric music director Sir Andrew Davis and directed by Kevin Newbury.

Bel Canto team


Nilo Cruz

Librettist - Nilo Cruz

Bel Canto Author

Ann Patchett

Author - Ann Patchett

Creative Consultant


Anthony Freud

General Director - Anthony Freud


América Salvaje


Composed by Jimmy López

Avec Swing

(for chamber ensemble, 2010)

Composed by Jimmy López


(Concertino for piano, brass, strings and percussion, 2007)

Composed by Jimmy López


(4th movement - Techno, 2007)

Composed by Jimmy López

Lago de Lágrimas

(2nd movement, 2009-10)

Composed by Jimmy López


(For soprano, alto, piano and 5-string double bass, 3rd movement, 2005)

Composed by Jimmy López

Viaje a ti

(Excerpt performed by Emily Birsan, soprano, and Craig Terry, piano, 2010)

Composed by Jimmy López