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Opera

Stars of Lyric Opera Shine Over Millennium Park

Millennium Park in downtown Chicago

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.

Passings: Licia Albanese, Carlo Bergonzi

Licia Albanese as Cio-Cio-San in "Madama Butterfly"

He gave more than 300 performances at the Metropolitan Opera. She exceeded 400. Two Italian-born, 20th century opera stars passed away in recent weeks: tenor Carlo Bergonzi and soprano Licia Albanese. Bergonzi in particular had a long performance history in Chicago, making his American debut at Lyric Opera in 1955; while Albanese worked primarily in New York

Lyric’s New Opera (Just a Peek)

Lyric Opera Music Director, Sir Andrew Davis, c. Todd Rosenberg

Getting beyond “The book was better” – Last week, when Lyric Opera presented a sneak peek at the opera based on Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel “Bel Canto,” general director Anthony Freud quickly closed the door on comparisons to the book.

Addressing a gathering of patrons and members of the media, Mr. Freud shared some of

Ryan Opera Center Sings Puccini, Bizet (video)

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Lyric Opera of Chicago dispatched two of its rising stars to join a worldwide chorus of music-lovers celebrating music on June 21.

June 21 is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year – and for the past 4 years, a day of music in Chicago. Locally the festival is known as Make Music Chicago, though the summer solstice tradition of taking instruments to the streets started in Paris as the Fête de la Musique

Video from Make Music Chicago

Chicago Symphony Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin

Make Music Chicago 2014 organized dozens of performances at Daley Plaza and across the Chicago area on Saturday. The citywide festival joined communities around the world in celebration of music on June 21, the summer solstice. One of the organizers, Kuang-Hao Huang, announced at 10:00 am, “Fiji is 17 hours into their day of music.

Make Music Chicago 2014

Make Music Chicago at St. James Cathedral

Join WFMT for Make Music Chicago 2014. We will be posting videos from around the city and broadcasting live from the Music Institute of Chicago and from St. James Cathedral. Make Music Chicago is part of a worldwide celebration of music on June 21, the summer solstice

Lyric Opera Takes It to the Neighborhoods

Pepe Martinez

On Thursday Lyric Opera of Chicago unveiled four new productions with one objective: community. Part of the Lyric Unlimited initiative for 2015 these shows reach beyond Lyric’s mainstage appealing to diverse age and ethnic groups.
Lyric announced plans to produce a klezmer opera based on a graphic novel

Milestone: Richard Strauss at 150

Richard Strauss

WFMT features the music of Richard Strauss in June in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Join us for operas, songs, orchestral works, a brand new radio documentary, and more.
Richard Strauss was born in Munich on June 11, 1864. He lived until 1948.

Butterfly: “Not to Be Missed”

Stefano Secco and Patricia Racette, c.Dan Rest

At least, that’s what The New York Times said of Patricia Racette’s Madama Butterfly in 2008. In the aftermath, it’s not surprising Lyric Opera would engage her for their production, even if she could only do half the run. It’s one of those cases of an artist forming a union with a part that transcends everything one knew about the opera; like peering into a precious gem, giving it a quarter turn, and seeing something

Exclusive with Lyric’s Mother Abbess Christine Brewer

Christine Brewer c.Robert Kusel

Web Exclusive with Christine Brewer – Home for Christine Brewer is a Mississippi River town, not far from the corn fields she picked as a girl. Even as she jets around the world for roles like Isolde, or the Mother Abbess in Lyric Opera’s The Sound of Music, Ms. Brewer keeps southern Illinois close