Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts

From the Lyric Opera House in Chicago, experience live opera featuring today’s most exciting artists.

Join WFMT’s Lisa Flynn and Lyric Opera of Chicago Dramaturg Roger Pines for broadcasts of the 2017-18 season. 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.

“Die Walküre”– Richard Wagner (Rebroadcast)

May 26, 2018

Lyric Opera of Chicago continues its thrilling journey through Wagner’s Ring cycle with "Die Walküre," a riveting, devastating drama that involves complex relationships between brother and sister, husband and wife, father and daughter.

“The Pearl Fishers”– Georges Bizet (Rebroadcast)

June 2, 2018

For sheer transcendent beauty, Bizet’s "The Pearl Fishers" has few rivals in the entire repertoire. The opera’s famed duet for tenor and baritone is a soaring melody that has turned countless opera newcomers into ecstatic fans.

“Turandot”– Giacomo Puccini (Rebroadcast)

June 9, 2018

Puccini’s "Turandot" transports us to a fantasy of ancient China, where a princess challenges suitors to solve her riddles or face death.

“I Puritani”– Vincenzo Bellini (Rebroadcast)

June 16, 2018

The art of bel canto will take center stage in Bellini’s lyrical jewel, "I Puritani". This historical 17th-century English drama is centered around a passionate young couple caught up in a conflict between opposing political factions.

“Così fan tutte”– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Rebroadcast)

June 23, 2018

A cherished operatic comedy, "Così fan tutte" is a probing look into romantic relationships. What starts with philosopher’s bet that two beautiful young women can’t remain faithful to their fiancés ends with the couples’ true feelings revealed through the sheer genius of Mozart.

“Faust”— Charles Gounod (Rebroadcast)

June 30, 2018

Loosely based on Goethe’s epic drama, Gounod’s "Faust" is the epitome of French Grand Opera. The aging scholar Faust signs a pact with the devil and regains his youth. But such deals can never end happily and the price Faust has to pay cannot be measured in gold.

“Das Rheingold” – Richard Wagner (Rebroadcast)

July 7, 2018

The "Ring" cycle begins with "Das Rheingold," the prologue to the story where you'll meet the Rhinemaidens, guardians of magical gold that can be transformed into a ring that grants its owner unlimited power. When Alberich steals the gold, the struggle among the legendary characters begins, as Wotan, king of the gods, vies with him for supreme power.

“Bel Canto”– Jimmy López (Rebroadcast)

July 14, 2018

Superstar American diva Roxane Coss has flown to Peru to sing at the vice president's home for a visiting Japanese mogul who is an opera buff. Dignitaries of every nationality are there — but an international crisis explodes when terrorists storm the mansion and take everyone hostage.