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WFMT’s Lyric Opera Weekend

Stars gather at the Civic Opera House to celebrate Lyric's 60th in an unforgettable concert

Stars gather at the Civic Opera House to celebrate Lyric's 60th in an unforgettable concert

In February of 1954, Lyric Opera founders Carol Fox, Nicola Rescigno, and Lawrence Kelly launched their first production, hoping it would inspire opera lovers to step forward and offer financial and community support for an opera company in Chicago – it did. Rescigno conducted two performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Nicola Rossi-Lemeni as the Don, and Eleanor Steber as Donna Anna.

Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson chats with Studs Terkel during one of her many visits to Chicago

Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson chats with Studs Terkel during one of her many visits to Chicago


Bellini’s Norma and seven other productions followed within a three-week period in November. 60 years later, Lyric looks back at its history with a new production of Don Giovanni and a star-studded concert (5:00 pm Sunday broadcast).

WFMT honors its longtime partner, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, with a weekend of specials celebrating the company’s 60th anniversary season.

View a timeline of Lyric’s first 60 years.

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Italian bass-baritone Andrea Silvestrelli sits for make-up prior to singing the role of the Statue of the Commendatore in “Don Giovanni”

 

Bass-baritone Andrea Silvestrelli delivers an unusual happy anniversary greeting to Lyric Opera:

 

 

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Soprano Renee Fleming, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Creative Consultant and special guest on Friday at 8:00 pm on WFMT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WFMT program host Larry Johnson shares his record collection with lovers of vocal music on “Arias and Songs”

 

 

WFMT Special Broadcasts

Friday at 8:00 pm
Renée Fleming is Guest Host with Kerry Frumkin (recorded in 2012)

Friday, October 31 at 10:00 pm
Studs Terkel Celebrates Lyric Opera’s 25th Anniversary, an encore presentation

Saturday, November 1 at 12:00 pm
Rossini’s Semiramide, the first Lyric Opera production to be broadcast on WFMT

Saturday, November 1 from 4:30-5:30 pm
Arias and Songs
Join vocal music maven Larry Johnson for a one-hour special looking back on 60 years of Chicago’s premiere opera company.

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Lyric Opera Opening Night Broadcast hosts Roger Pines and Suzanne Nance

Sunday, November 2 at 5:00 pm
Lyric Opera 60th Anniversary Concert

Lyric’s first sixty years are marked with triumph and joy as the most beloved artists of Lyric’s past, present, and future come together in one magical evening. Comedic genius Jane Lynch emcees. Sir Andrew Davis conducts chorus and orchestra, members of the Ryan Opera Center, and a luminary cast including world renowned improv comedy troupe The Second City, Renée Fleming, jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, Susan Graham, Stephanie Blythe, Johan Botha, Christine Goerke, Quinn Kelsey, Mariusz Kwiecień, Ana María Martínez, Eric Owens, Marina Rebeka, Amber Wagner, and the return of Samuel Ramey to the Lyric stage.

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