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Web Exclusive with Alek Shrader

American tenor Alek Shrader

Lyric Opera keeps touting the movie star good looks of their Almaviva, tenor Alek Shrader. His Rosina, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, aint s’bad either. It does make a more perfect theater piece—if not more believable—to watch two beautiful people wangling to be together. What sets this spectacle apart from the Hollywood variety

Don’t Miss: Impromptu with Eric Owens

Eric Owens c. Dario Acosta

[Thursday at 3:00 PM] He’s on the CSO’s calendar for Beethoven 9 with Muti, and has already been cast as Lyric Opera’s Wotan for a Ring cycle, one that’s only just hitting the drawing board. It might be said things are going swimmingly for Eric Owens.

In town to sing Vodnik the water sprite

Opera Singers As Motivational Speakers?

Eric Owens and Ana Maria Martinez addressing high school students, c. Andrew Cioffi

Lyric Opera’s new ambassadors are delivering a message that goes deeper than listening to music: art can heal a community. On their first day, Lyric Opera’s newly named community ambassadors burned the script on typical in-school performances, and the kids are listening.

Rook Live on Dame Myra Hess Concert


Founded by trombone player Paul Von Hoff, Rook gives early music some extra zing, switching out antique instruments, blending flashy virtuosity with musical colors from a distant time. They have a terrific website for the musically curious, including digitized scores of some of their own reconstructions of early music