KTEP - El Paso, Texas

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Friday at 7pm
  • Hosted by Lisa Flynn

Above: Brandon Jovanovich and Elisabet Strid in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production Die Walküre by Richard Wagner.
Credit Cory Weave

The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts return to KTEP with eight stunning opening night performances from the 2017/18 season and two special encore presentations.

Kicking off the 10 titles is Lyric’s premiere of the rarely performed French version of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice (Orpheus and Eurydice), with the title roles exquisitely portrayed by Dmitry Korchak and Andriana Chuchman. Verdi’s riveting Rigoletto follows, with Quinn Kelsey, Rosa Feola, and Matthew Polenzani all memorable in the three principal roles. Lyric’s new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle continues with the second installment, Die Walküre, with Christine Goerke’s magnificence in the title role matched by Eric Owens, Brandon Jovanovich, Elisabet Strid, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, and Ain Anger onstage and music director Sir Andrew Davis in the pit. Matthew Polenzani returns in dazzling form for Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, with equally elegant performances by Marina Rebeka and Mariusz Kwiecien. Amber Wagner stars in the formidable title role of Puccini’s Turandot, opposite Stefano La Colla in his American debut as Calaf. Two major stars of bel canto, Albina Shagimuratova and Lawrence Brownlee, lead the cast of Bellini’s ravishing I puritani.

A stellar encore performance of Berlioz’ Les Troyens kicks off Lyric’s second set of operas and continues with a top-flight ensemble for Mozart’s captivating Così fan tutte, including company favorites Ana María Martínez and Alessandro Corbelli. The 2017/18 mainstage season concludes with Gounod’s matchlessly romantic Faust, featuring the American debut of Benjamin Bernheim in the title role, opposite Ailyn Pérez and Christian Van Horn.  The last two titles in the 11-title season are a pair of very special encore presentations – Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Lyric’s first presentation in its all-new RING cycle, followed by a Lyric commission, the world-premiere of López’ Bel Canto, based on the best-selling novel.