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Stars of Lyric Opera Shine Over Millennium Park

Millennium Park in downtown Chicago

Millennium Park in downtown Chicago


Marina Rebeka, Mariusz Kwiecień, Ana María Martínez, Andriana Chuchman (top to bottom) star in Lyric’s “Don Giovanni”

Live Broadcast, Saturday, September 6 at 7:15 pm

On Saturday, Lyric Opera of Chicago gives its annual free concert beneath the lattice of the Pritzker Pavilion. Stars of Lyric Opera will showcase several of the season’s productions.

With the Don Giovanni principals already in rehearsal – opening night is September 27 – the stars will make the short commute to Millennium Park to perform the opera’s finale.


Mark Delavan as Baron Scarpia in a San Francisco production

Don Giovanni opens Lyric’s season at the Civic Opera House in commemoration of the company’s 60th anniversary; the Mozart masterpiece was the first opera staged by Lyric in 1954. Sporting a cast of three sopranos, a tenor, and four basses/baritones, Don Giovanni furnishes ample talent for this year’s Stars concert. In addition to the Mozart, Sir Andrew Davis plans music from Macbeth, Rigoletto, and Iris.

The concert includes the overture to Act I of Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Also, the destestable Baron Scarpia, baritone Mark Delavan, will be on-hand to sing the last scene from Act I of Tosca, which will be staged in a new production at Lyric starting in January.

Saturday’s soloists include Mariusz Kwiecień, Marina Rebeka, Ana María Martínez, Antonio Poli, and Andrea Silvestrelli. Music Director Sir Andrew Davis conducts this year’s Stars of Lyric Opera concert with the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

There will be a pre-concert performance given by members of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America at 6:45 pm. WFMT’s live broadcast of Stars of Lyric Opera begins at 7:15 pm.



  • Sarge

    Whatever music this is, at 5:10 Friday, 9-5-14, please don’t play any more of it. It is tuneless, annoying agglomeration of self-important cacophony. Play mush more of it and I go back to Pandora.