WFMT Press Room

For Immediate Release
September 26, 2008

The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts resume this Saturday, September 27, starting at 5:45 p.m. with MANON by Jules Massenet, starring Natalie Dessay and Jonas Kaufmann!

All nine* operas of the Lyric Opera of Chicago 2008-09 season can be heard live locally on 98.7WFMT and nationally/internationally through

Holly and Ivy Subscriber Appreciation Concert by Lyric Opera Chorus, Donald Nally, Conductor • Sir Andrew Davis, Organist • Craig Terry, Pianist to be broadcast live on Sunday, December 14, starting at 2:45 p.m.

2008-09 Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts began Sept. 6 with live broadcast of "Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park" free concert

Lyric's 2008-09 season operas to be rebroadcast locally, nationally & internationally in May-June 2009 by The WFMT Radio Network

Starting with the season-opener, Jules Massenet's Manon, on Saturday, September 27, beginning at 5:45 p.m., all nine operas of Lyric Opera of Chicago's 54th season will be carried live locally on radio 98.7WFMT via The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts, and nationally/ internationally through WFMT's enhanced live streaming service at

Additionally, Lyric's Subscriber Appreciation Concert by the Lyric Opera Chorus, Holly and Ivy, will be broadcast live on Sunday, December 14, beginning at 2:45 p.m. Donald Nally, Lyric's chorus master, conducts, with Lyric's music director, Sir Andrew Davis, organist and Craig Terry, pianist, as accompanists. Sir Andrew will also perform solo organ works.

Opening Night Broadcasts on 98.7WFMT and

Seven of the nine* operas in Lyric's 2008-09 season are being broadcast live on their opening nights. The double-bill production of Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci will be broadcast on its sixth performance date. Norman Pellegrini and Lisa Flynn host the broadcasts, which start with live commentary and taped interviews at the times shown below.
*includes a double-bill


Sat., Sept. 27

5:45 p.m.

The Pearl Fishers/Bizet

Mon., Oct. 6

7:15 p.m.


Fri., Nov. 7

6:30 p.m.

Porgy and Bess/Gershwin

Tue., Nov. 18

7:15 p.m.

Madama Butterfly/Puccini

Sat., Dec. 13

7:15 p.m.

Holly and Ivy Choral Concert

Sun., Dec. 14

2:45 p.m.

Tristan und Isolde/Wagner

Tue., Jan. 27

5:45 p.m.

The Abduction from the Seraglio/Mozart

Mon., Mar. 2

7:15 p.m.

Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci/Mascagni & Leoncavallo

Sat., Mar. 14

7:15 p.m.

Lyric's full 2008-09 season will be rebroadcast on eight consecutive Saturdays in May and June of 2009.

The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts are made possible by The Matthew and John Bucksbaum Families and General Growth Properties, with matching funds provided by The Crown Family, Richard P. and Susan Kiphart, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts are produced by Lois Baum. WFMT's program director, Peter Whorf, is managing producer, and WFMT's general manager, Steve Robinson, is executive producer. More information about all of the programming on 98.7WFMT is available at

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