Lyric Opera Presents NEW PROGRAMMING 2020/21 SEASON — Preview

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March 15 – June 5, 2021

Twilight Gods― April 28, 30, and May 2, 2021


On Demand – Lyric Opera website, Youtube and Facebook Channels

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Lyric Opera adds programs to its reimagined 2020/21 Season, including:  

Week of March 15: 

Luisa Miller (2019) featuring Krassimira Stoyanova, Joseph Calleja, Quinn Kelsey, Soloman Howard and Christian Van Horn—conducted by Enrique Mazzola.

The Queen of Spades (2020) featuring Brandon Jovanovich, Sondra Radvanovsky, Lucas Meachem and Samuel Youn—conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Die Walküre (2017) featuring Christine Goerke, Eric Owens, Brandon Jovanovich, and Elisabet Strid—conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Week of April 12: 

 Lucia di Lammermoor (2016), Les Troyens (2016), Rusalka (2014).

Week of May 10:

Don Giovanni (2014), I puritani (2018), Rigoletto (2017), La bohème (2018).

Week of June 1:

Il trovatore (2018), Elektra (2019).

Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 pm CT:

Rising Stars in Concert — Ensemble members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center with accompaniment provided by Ryan Opera Center pianist Chris Reynolds and a chamber ensemble of Lyric Opera Orchestra members, led by conductor Christopher Allen.

Sunday, May 16 at 2:00 pm CT:

Celebrating Sir Andrew Davis, from Mozart to Stravinsky — This presentation features Sir Andrew conducting excerpts from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. These are performed by members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Chorus, and guest artists. Soprano Janai Brugger portrays Susanna/Figaro and Anne rulove/Rake; soprano Amanda Majeski portrays the Countess/Figaro; mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker sings the trouser role of Cherubino/Figaro; tenor Matthew Polenzani portrays Tom Rakewell/Rake; and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen sings both Figaro and Nick Shadow/Rake.

Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 pm CT

The New Classics: Songs from the New Golden Age of Musical Theater — Emmy and Grammy nominated David Chase serves as music director and pianist, joined by members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra.

April 28, 30, and May 2, 2021

Twilight: Gods 一 This drive-through opera is created and directed by Yuval Sharon with new narrative poetry written and performed by Chicago interdisciplinary artist Avery R. Young, The cast features mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin/Waltraute, tenor Sean Panikkar/Siegfried making his Lyric debut, bass Morris Robinson/Hagen, and baritone Donnie Ray Albert/Alberich. The Rhinemaidens are played by three current Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members; soprano Maria Novella Malfatti; mezzo-soprano Katherine Beck, and mezzo-soprano Kathleen Felty.

Lyric’s previously announced programs that are currently streaming or will premiere digitally in the coming weeks also includes:

Available Now

Creating The Factotum documents the development and recent music workshop of The Factotum, a new opera by baritone and Ryan Opera Center alumnus Will Liverman and DJ/recording artist K-Rico.

Sunday, March 21 at 6:00 pm CT

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Gala: Magical Music Around the World, features the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble and the Ryan Opera Center alumni. This virtual concert is conceived and hosted by Ryan Opera Center Music Director and Grammy Award winner Craig Terry, with accompaniment from Chris Reynolds.

Mid-March Premiere

The Sonata Sessions, features Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola as he leads a string ensemble that features members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra in performances of all six of Rossini’s String Sonatas.

Sunday, April 11 at 2:00 pm CT

Attila Highlights in Concert: Explore More with Enrique Mazzola, Lyric’s Music Director Designate leads soprano Tamara Wilson/Odabella, tenor Matthew Polenzani/Foresto, baritone Quinn Kelsey/Ezio, and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn/Attila —performing excerpts of Verdi’s Attila. This performance event features members of the Lyric Opera Chorus under the direction of Chorus Master Michael Black and original commentary from Maestro Mazzola.

April Premiere

The Great Verdi Chorus Showdown features three maestri of Lyric— Sir Andrew Davis, Enrique Mazzola, and Michael Black—each conducting two grand Verdi choruses performed by the Lyric Opera Chorus. All pieces will be presented on Lyric’s website for online audiences to vote for their favorite, starting in April.


For Information, visit the Lyric Opera website.

Enrique Mazzola Photo by Joe Mazza
Will Liverman and K. Rico Photo by Jaclyn Simpson
Ana Maria Martinez Photo by Svetlana Pasedko

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