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Archive for November 3, 2014

Why Not Haydn the Opera Composer?

Cecilia Bartoli in Haydn's "Orfeo" at Covent Garden

Franz Joseph Haydn is often regarded as the father of the symphony and the father of the string quartet. That’s an extraordinary legacy; so what’s the story with Haydn and opera? Of course, opera was over 100 years old when Haydn came along, so he couldn’t have been its progenitor. What’s puzzling, however, is that most people don’t even know that Haydn wrote operas. He did

New Talent at Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center

Tenor Jesse Donner, left; tenor Jonathan Johnson, top right; bass Bradley Smoak, bottom right

Monday’s Ryan Opera Center recital introduces three talented singers who entered the program this summer: tenor Jonathan Johnson, bass Bradley Smoak, and tenor Jesse Donner. The singers will deliver a program based on one of opera’s favorite topics: women.

The Ryan Opera Center is Lyric Opera of Chicago’s training program for young artists, which gives them everything from one-on-one coaching with the stars of the main stage, to actual roles in Lyric’s main stage productions. In fact all three of Monday