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      Lyric Opera’s Porgy and Bess

      Lyric Opera takes us for a visit to the inhabitants of Catfish Row. Larry will offer recordings from this much loved Gershwin work which will include members of the original 1935 cast.

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      Joan and Luciano

      No need to mention the last names of these superb artists who defined the art of opera for the second half of the twentieth century. Two singers, three duets, who can ask for more?

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      Beverly Sills

      Lyric Opera’s Anna Bolena

      The ax falls once again on Henry VIII’s wife number two in Lyric Opera’s Anna Bolena by Donizetti. Hear the highly dramatic final scene sung by one of the doomed Queens’s greatest interpreters, Beverly Sills.

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      Recent Programs


      Lyric Opera’s 60th Anniversary

      This photo of an original 1954 program says it all. Lyric Theatre, soon to be called Lyric Opera of Chicago, opened its doors with a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Today’s program notes that original production but will also emphasize the sensational American debut that year of Maria Callas in Bellini’s Norma

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      Lyric Opera’s Il Trovatore

      Solving the mysteries of the universe, Rubik’s Cube or finding Amelia Earhart pale in comparison to understanding the convoluted plot of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Larry will make an attempt with arias that will be heard in Lyric Opera’s upcoming production.   Playlist: Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore, “Ah Si, Ben Mio . . . Di Quella […]

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      Remembering Magda Olivero

      Called the last of the verismo singers, Magda Olivero passed away recently at age 104. A career that began in 1932, then retirement in 1941, a second career beginning in 1951, a MET debut in 1975 as Tosca at age 65, recitals well into the 1970s and recordings made in 1993 at age 83 are only a few highlights in the life of this superb artist well worth remembering.

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      Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

      Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

      Lyric Opera’s Capriccio

      Two men debate whether the music or the words is more important. What is the answer? Which man will the Countess choose as her lover? How will the opera end? If we hear the Closing Scene from Capriccio as sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf we might find out. Or will we?

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