Lyric Opera of Chicago
Friday at 7pm
- Hosted by Lisa Flynn, Roger Pines
During August and September, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts return with encore presentations from their 2016-17 season. Kicking off the six-opera series is Bellini’s Norma with a title-role performance by Sondra Radvanovsky described as no less than “spellbinding,” sending “jolts of vocal electricity through the Civic Opera House” (Chicago Tribune). The cast also includes Elizabeth DeShong as Adalgisa, Russell Thomas as Pollione and Andrea Silvestrelli as Oroveso.
Also in store is Mozart’s delightful The Magic Flute, featuring Kathryn Lewek’s stratospheric Queen of the Night, followed by the breathtaking bel canto of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, with the thrilling Albina Shagimuratova (title role) opposite Piotr Beczała’s celebrated Edgardo (compared to Luciano Pavarotti by one critic).
The series continues with French favorite Massenet’s Don Quichotte starring the incomparable Ferruccio Furlanetto. Don’t miss Ana María Martínez’s role debut as Tatiana opposite Mariusz Kwiecień in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, just before the series concludes with the mighty Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz, starring powerhouse artists Susan Graham, Brandon Jovanovich, and Christine Goerke.
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s mission is to express and promote the life-changing, transformational, revelatory power of great opera. Lyric exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to Chicago and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form.
Founded in 1954, Lyric is dedicated to producing and performing consistently thrilling, entertaining, and thought-provoking opera with a balanced repertoire of core classics, lesser-known masterpieces, and new works; to creating an innovative and wide-ranging program of community engagement and educational activities; and to developing exceptional emerging operatic talent.
Under the leadership of General Director, President and CEO Anthony Freud, Music Director Sir Andrew Davis, and Creative Consultant Renée Fleming, Lyric strives to become the great North American opera company for the 21st century: a globally significant arts organization embodying the core values of excellence, relevance, and fiscal responsibility.
To learn more about Lyric’s current season, go to lyricopera.org.