Hope and Strength: Celebrating Black Artistry with Lawrence Brownlee & Lyric

Ahead of a free livestream this weekend, the star tenor reflected on his colleagues and career in opera and what he thinks classical music organizations should be doing to better represent their communities.

Stand Up With the Sitdown: Black singers share their experiences in opera

Star tenor Lawrence Brownlee’s new Facebook Live series aims to change the face of the industry through interviews with other Black opera singers and advice for aspiring Black opera singers, Brownlee explains.

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 …