Share some coffee and songs with tenor Lawrence Brownlee

Like most of us, tenor Lawrence Brownlee is trying to make the best use of his time and keep his spirits high during the pandemic. A favorite in Chicago, he has thrilled audiences many times at Lyric Opera of Chicago, most recently in 2019 portraying Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Barber of Seville. Throughout the quarantine, Brownlee has shared a host …

The sights and soundbites of Lyric Opera’s glamorous opening night

With the red carpet adorning Wacker Drive and the Art Deco opera house buzzing with excitement, Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrated its opening night on Saturday, September 28. Rossini’s Barber of Seville, the bubbly opera buffa, was an appropriate toast to the beginning of Lyric’s 65th season. Lyric patrons, whether first-time opera-goers or seasoned subscribers, talked with WFMT about the …

Renée Fleming celebrates 25 years with Lyric Opera of Chicago

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold a concert and gala to celebrate Renée Fleming, honoring the 25th anniversary of her debut at Lyric. The “People’s Diva” delighted Chicago audiences as she performed the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah in 1993. Since this first appearance, Fleming has gone on to star in nine more productions …

Lyric Opera of Chicago announces 2019-2020 season, featuring Wagner’s Ring cycle, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly

Today, Lyric Opera of Chicago announced its 2019-2020 season, including seven mainstage operas (three of which are company premieres), three full performances of Lyric’s new Ring cycle, and the Broadway at Lyric premiere of 42nd Street. As part of its artistic and community outreach initiative, Lyric Unlimited, Lyric will present the Midwest premiere of a new opera in its first …

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee on why black composers matter and the artists who have inspired him the most

Learn how Lawrence Brownlee, hailed as one of the world’s leading tenors, is developing new works that responds to issues facing men of color today.