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      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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      Ezio Pinza as Don Giovanni

      Ezio Pinza as Don Giovanni

      Lyric Opera’s Don Giovanni

      Lock your doors and windows as that infamous libertine and Bad Boy, Don Giovanno is on the loose once again. Highlights from Mozart’s masterpiece will be sung by Leontyne Price, John McCormack, Ezio Pinza, Bidu Sayao, and Dimitri Hvorostovsky.

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