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Archive for December 4, 2014

Opera Singer Selfies, the Met’s Barber

Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee and Christopher Maltman (Rosina, Count Almaviva, and Figaro)

Last season, Lyric Opera of Chicago fans cheered Isabel Leonard as the sassy Rosina in Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia.” The American mezzo brings it back this weekend (see dress rehearsal video) in the Metropolitan Opera’s “Barber of Seville.” The Saturday broadcast kicks off a new season of weekly performances from the Metropolitan Opera. The role of the crafty barber, Figaro, will be sung by Christopher Maltman, the suave British baritone

Live Lunchtime Recital

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She studied with Seymour Lipkin and Richard Goode, and was hired by James Conlon to play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It’s clear from the company she keeps, Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute has the goods. Last month, she played at the Ravinia Festival with musicians from the Marlboro Festival, and is returning to Chicago this week for a recital at the PianoForte Foundation