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Lyric Opera

Long Live Champagne

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Strauss waltzes were the ultimate party mix; the kind of song set one would imagine for Cinderella in glittering gemstones and long, white gloves. It was a hundred years later in 1939 (and a dark time in Vienna) when Clemens Krauss started a tradition: an annual concert of these 19th century dances to celebrate

Video Exclusive: Conductor Talks Kids and Music

Ward Stare, photo by Suzy Gorman

Most careers take twists and turns; Ward Stare’s career has been more like Formula 1 auto racing. He went from playing principal trombone in the Lyric Opera Orchestra to being one of the company’s go-to conductors (debuting in last season’s production of Hansel and Gretel), all before the age of 30

Video Exclusive: An American Prince Charming

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[LIVE Broadcast, Tuesday at 7:15] Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus has a fairy tale quality (although it’s most decidedly adult). Set in the perfumed world of Imperial Vienna, the maestro in the middle for Lyric’s production is the dashing, young American Ward Stare.

No Abridged Verdi

Party scene from "La traviata"; photo by Todd Rosenberg

When Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its production of La traviata on Wednesday evening, there will be music that has never been heard in that opera house before. In its thirteen previous runs at Lyric Opera, starting with the inaugural season in 1954, La traviata has always been staged with cuts to the score. There’s been a resurgence of interest

Die Meistersinger Comes to Lyric Opera of Chicago

Photo by Robert Kusel

Ever the radical, Wagner must have amused himself, poking fun at the musical establishment. He sidestepped the mythology and magic of his other works to write a romantic comedy. Die Meistersinger von N├╝rnberg is historical fiction. In fact, Wagner’s central character Hans Sachs did live and work as a poet, a playwright and cobbler in more…

Thanks, Lois!

The live broadcast from the Lyric Opera on March 14th marked the end of a long and glorious era for WFMT. When the curtain came down at the end of the double bill of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci,” it also brought to a close one of the extraordinary careers at WFMT. It was more…