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      Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts
      Suzanne Nance and Roger Pines, hosts

      Lyric Opera of Chicago

      Join WFMT’s Suzanne Nance and LOC Dramaturg Roger Pines for live opening-night broadcasts from the 2014-2015 season: Don Giovanni, Carpriccio, Il trovatore, the 60th Anniversary Concert, Porgy and Bess, Anna Bolena, Tosca, Tannh ä user, and The Passenger.

      Lyric Opera of Chicago boasts having the most loyal subscribers in North America. Year after year, Chicago’s largest opera company presents the finest international singers, directors, and designers. The broadcasts deliver the magic of live performance while taking you backstage to meet the stars.

      Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts are generously sponsored by The Hurvis Family Foundation with matching funding provided by The Matthew and Kay Bucksbaum Family, the John and Jackie Bucksbaum Family, and Richard P. and Susan Kiphart.

      Please click lyricoperalive.org for a live web stream of the opening night broadcast.

      Program Schedule | Fall 2014

      September 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Don Giovanni

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      He's selfish. He's arrogant. He’s dangerous. With a list of conquests as long as the phonebook, Don Giovanni travels the world, snaring princesses and peasant girls alike. Thousands succumb, leaving a path of dishonor and broken lives. When the Don forces himself on the virtuous Donna Anna, her father intervenes and loses his life. Has the Don finally gone too far?

      Dark comedy blends seamlessly with biting social commentary in a rip-roaring story full of tantalizing ambiguities.

      Don Giovanni: Mariusz Kwiecien
      Donna Anna: Marina Rebeka
      Leporello: Kyle Ketelsen
      Zerlina: Andriana Chuchman
      Don Ottavio: Antonio Poli
      Masetto: Michael Sumuel
      Commendatore: Andrea Silvestrelli

      Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
      Director: Robert Falls
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      October 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm


      Richard Strauss

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      Which is the greater art, poetry or music?

      Renée Fleming plays the beautiful Countess who must choose between two suitors:  Olivier the poet and Flamand the musician. Her quandary plays out in a sophisticated drawing-room comedy in which guests argue over the virtues of poetry and music. La Roche the theater director thinks it's a silly debate; he just wants to score with the critics. The Count doesn't care; he just wants to score with the actress; and so it goes in this witty, intimate opera illuminated by some of Strauss’s most luscious and sensual music.

      Countess: Renée Fleming
       Clairon: Anne Sofie von Otter
      Count: Bo Skovhus
      Flamand: William Burden
      Olivier: Audun Iversen
      La Roche: Peter Rose

      Lyric Opera Orchestra
      Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
      Original Director: Peter McClintock

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      October 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Il trovatore

      Giuseppe Verdi

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      Manrico and Count di Luna are bitter enemies in life and in love. The beautiful Leonora pledges only to love Manrico, though civil war and family secrets threaten to tear them apart. Emotions boil, swords clash, and women are burned at the stake in this high drama by Giuseppe Verdi.

      Manrico: Yonghoon Lee
      Leonora: Amber Wagner
      Azucena: Stephanie Blythe
      Count di Luna: Quinn Kelsey
      Ferrando: Andrea Silvestrelli

      Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: Asher Fisch
      Original Director: Sir David McVicar
      Revival Director and Choreographer: Leah Hausman
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      November 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      60th Anniversary Concert

      Lyric’s first sixty years are marked with triumph and joy as the most beloved artists of Lyric’s past, present, and future come together in one magical evening.

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      Comedic genius Jane Lynch emcees. Sir Andrew Davis conducts chorus and orchestra, members of the Ryan Opera Center, and a luminary cast including world renowned improv comedy troupe The Second City, Renée Fleming, jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, Susan Graham, Stephanie Blythe, Johan Botha, Christine Goerke, Quinn Kelsey, Mariusz Kwiecień, Ana María Martínez, Eric Owens, Marina Rebeka, Amber Wagner, and the return of Samuel Ramey to the Lyric stage.

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      November 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Porgy and Bess

      George Gershwin

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      Lyric Opera Music Director Sir Andrew Davis calls “Porgy and Bess the great American opera.” George Gershwin’s 1935 opera is bursting with iconic songs.

      Six years after its triumphant Lyric Opera of Chicago debut (2008), Francesca Zambello's production of Porgy returns with a finely etched portrait of Catfish Row, a poor but vibrant Gullah community on the Carolina coast. Based on Dubose Heyward’s Porgy, the opera follows Bess, a good-time girl who finally finds love in the goodhearted Porgy, a man who is disabled but strong and courageous. Human vice threatens to destroy their happiness, however, as the smooth-talking, drug-dealing Sportin’ Life and a thug named Crown sow the seeds of danger and temptation.

      Porgy: Eric Owens
      Bess: Adina Aaron
      Sportin' Life: Jermaine Smith
      Crown: Eric Greene
      Clara: Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi
      Serena: Karen Slack
      Jake: Norman Garrett
      Maria: Gwendolyn Brown

      Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: Ward Stare
      Director: Francesca Zambello
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      December 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Anna Bolena

      Gaetano Donizetti

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      A tour-de-force drama!

      Anne Boleyn may be Queen of England, but she doesn't stand a chance. With Jane Seymour taking her place on the throne and in Henry VIII’s bed, she is very much in the way. It’s only a matter of time before Henry’s henchmen do the dirty work of “proving” Anne's infidelities.

      Donizetti exploits all the glories of the human voice in this bel canto gem, infusing it with a theatricality that hadn't been seen in opera before. Listen to vocal fireworks and watch one of opera's most searing confrontations as the Queen discovers the identity of her rival, her trusted maid Jane Seymour. Witness Jane’s agony as she wrestles with her desire to marry the King and the gruesome fate that awaits her beloved Queen.

      Anne Boleyn: Sondra Radvanovsky
      Jane Seymour: Jamie Barton
      Percy: Bryan Hymel
      Henry VIII: John Relyea

      Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: Patrick Summers
      Director: Kevin Newbury
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      January 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm


      Giacomo Puccini

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      Rome in the year 1800 is a deadly place for dissidents. The painter Cavaradossi risks everything to shelter his comrade; but his lover, the fiery Tosca, keeps playing cat and mouse with the lustful and sadistic Baron Scarpia, the chief of police. If Cavaradossi is condemned, will Tosca trade her honor to save him?

      Tosca: Tatiana Serjan
      Cavaradossi: Brian Jagde
      Scarpia: Evgeny Nikitin

      Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: Dmitri Jurowski
      Director:John Caird
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      February 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm


      Richard Wagner

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      Tannhäuser, minstrel and renegade, is lured into Venusberg, the erotic realm of the love goddess Venus. There he luxuriates in lust and sinful pleasure. Finally it's all too much. He longs to return to friends, rules of Christian conduct, and most of all to Elisabeth, the chaste young woman who will love and forgive him. Desperate to be cleansed of his sins, Tannhäuser embarks on a pilgrimage to Rome – but will that be enough to make him forget Venusberg?

      Tannhäuser: Johan Botha
      Elisabeth: Amber Wagner
      Venus: Michaela Schuster
      Wolfram: Gerald Finley
      Landgraf: John Relyea

      Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra 
      Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
      Director: Tim Albery
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      February 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      The Passenger

      Mieczyslaw Weinberg

      Lyric Opera of Chicago


      There’s no escaping your past.

      Aboard an ocean liner in the early 1960s, a West German diplomat, Walter, and his wife Liese are bound for a new posting in Brazil. But unbeknownst to her husband, Liese served as an SS officer in Auschwitz. Haunted by her past, she is stunned when she recognizes a fellow passenger; is it really Marta, her former prisoner?

      Suppressed for more than 40 years, Weinberg's gripping opera has emerged anew, electrifying audiences at Austria's Bregenz Festival and again in Warsaw and London. The action moves between two realms – from the pristine white deck of a luxury liner above to the dark horrors of the death camp below.

      Guilt and denial, lies and truth, fear, courage, and love – it's all here in an artistic and emotional experience you'll never forget.

      Marta: Amanda Majeski
      Liese: Daveda Karanas
      Walter: Brandon Jovanovich
      Tadeusz: Joshua Hopkins
      Katya: Kelly Kaduce
      Bronka: Judith Forst

      Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra
      Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
      Director: David Pountney
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      Lyric Opera of Chicago