From the Opera House to Your House: Ryan Opera Center Artists Bring Music Home

By Daniel Goldberg |

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Ryan Opera Center artists [L-R] Emily Pogorelc, Kayleigh Decker, and Kathleen Felty

Keeping busy and enjoying great music are some of the best ways to get through the current shelter-in-place directives across America. Members of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s artist development program, have been doing both in a series of homemade videos titled “Ryan Opera Center from Home.” Featuring delightful music and hosted by Ryan Opera Center music director Craig Terry and performed here in Chicago, these videos are sure to put a smile on your face.

Enjoy the growing collection below.

Made popular by the Andrew Sisters and Bing Crosby, “Ciribiribin” is a fun jazz-swing tune sure to bring some sunshine into your home. Performed here by Emily Pogorelc, Kayleigh Decker, Kathleen Felty, and pianist Craig Terry.


“Boum!” by French singer-songwriter Charles Trenet is a light and comical song about when your heart goes “Boom!” Jump back to the late 1930s with Kayleigh Decker and pianist Madeline Slettedahl.


Ardent and melodic, “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde is one of Wagner’s most famous and enduring works. Madeline Slettedahl brings us a powerful performance of the piece from her home.

For more information on the Ryan Opera Center visit And to hear these artists in performance, tune in to the Ryan Opera Center Recital Series, which airs the first Sunday of each month at 7:00 pm.