Video: WFMT’s Bach to School Virtual Assembly with the Ryan Opera Center

On May 10, 2022, WFMT General Manager George Preston welcomed Ryan Opera Center performers Lunga Eric Hallam, tenor, and Chris Reynolds, pianist; along with ROC director Dan Novak, for an hour of conversation and music.

CSO 2022-23: Muti’s Farewell Season

Banner works by Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev headline Muti’s three CSO residencies, ahead of the conclusion of his tenure with Beethoven’s Missa solemnis.

Joffrey Announces 2022-23 Season With ‘Little Mermaid’ and ‘Karenina’

The season will feature four mainstage programs, including the company’s Chicago-centric take on The Nutcracker and the return of Anna Karenina.

‘Music is an ephemeral art’: Conductor Eun Sun Kim on Puccini and her Lyric Debut

It’s been a very Puccini year for conductor Eun Sun Kim. In the span of 9 months, she’ll have conducted two Toscas, two Bohèmes, and a Turandot. Here’s how she continues to find the new in these beloved scores.

Lyric’s ’22-23 Season: Verdi, ‘Fiddler,’ Fleming, & ‘Carmen’

Plus a world premiere, Chicago-set take on ‘The Barber of Seville’ and the return of ‘West Side Story’

Citing COVID Surge, Joffrey Postpones ‘Don Quixote’

The production was scheduled to be performed at Lyric Opera House between February 16-27 and is now set to be performed in June.

Lyric’s Next Show, Mazzoli’s ‘Proving Up,’ Postponed

The opera had been scheduled for performances in late January, and according to Lyric, rehearsals were set to begin this week.

See Photo Highlights from WFMT’s 70th Anniversary Day of Celebration

We’re still soaring from our big day last week, when we welcomed some of Chicago’s leading artists to take part in a daylong celebration of WFMT and the music we’ve been presenting for the last 70 years!

Stream Highlight Performances from WFMT’s 70th Anniversary Day of Celebration

How better to mark 70 years of WFMT than with a party!?

Enrique Mazzola on Returning to the Stage, Taking the Reins at Lyric

Mazzola speaks with WFMT general manager George Preston about returning to live performance, Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, Gaetano Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, and what he loves most about being a Chicagoan.

New faces, new ambitions as opera houses reopen

As opera houses around the country warily resume indoor performances, two of the biggest are ushering in new leadership — along with a heightened commitment to building new audiences.

Artist Icebreaker: Bass-baritone David Govertsen

Is it luck? Preparation? Skill? David Govertsen thinks it’s a little bit of each that has guided him to some of the city’s biggest stages.

As Season Premiere Approaches, Lyric Requires Vaccine for All Audiences

A month ahead of opening night, Lyric Opera of Chicago announces that all audience members will have to show proof of their full vaccination against COVID-19.

Soprano Gianna Rolandi Has Died at Age 68

Rolandi retired from performance in the 1990s, then joined the Ryan Opera Center first as the director of vocal studies (the program’s first), and then the program’s director from 2006-2013.

Lyric Announces 2021-22 Season With ‘Magic Flute,’ ‘Macbeth,’ Mazzola

A Verdi and bel canto expert, Lyric’s new music director Enrique Mazzola will open the season with Verdi’s Macbeth and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, while also conducting contemporary opera Proving Up by Missy Mazzoli later in the season.

Joffrey Announces 2021-22 Season In First Year At Lyric

From The Nutcracker to Don Quixote be the first to learn about what the Joffrey Ballet’s next season has in store!

Chicago stages drive-through Wagner in underground garage

The production is called “Twilight: Gods” and comes a year after Lyric Opera’s production of the complete Ring cycle was scuttled by the pandemic.

In Their Own Words: Quotes From Artists and Friends of WFMT Who Died in 2020

2020 was a year of great loss for all; the music world was no exception. As we reflect on the year gone by, WFMT salutes the contributions of artists and friends who died this past year.

Lyric Cancels 2020-21 season

Among the canceled 2021 productions are Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro; and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, as well as a concert tribute to music director Sir Andrew Davis, who concludes his 20-year tenure at the end of this season.

Lyric Returns With Free Star-Studded Virtual Gala

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s season opens this weekend in truly unprecedented fashion: with a virtual gala.

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.

Seven Sensational Virtual Field Trips for Chicago Art Lovers

We’re not sure the next time we’ll be able to catch an in-person performance, but luckily, many of Chicago’s hallowed artistic venues are just a click away.

Lyric Cancels Performances Until January 2021

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in-person performances will be among the last to return, making “operating on anything close to a normal basis until that phase” impossible.

American Takes Top Prize at 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup, Ryan Opera Center Tenor Takes Third

In March, the ascendant American baritone Edward Nelson took first prize at the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup, an operatic singing competition hosted in England by the famed East Sussex opera house and designed to discover and spotlight young opera singers from around the world.

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

Keeping busy and enjoying great music are some of the best ways to get through COVID-19 quarantining. Ryan Opera Center artists have been doing both in a series of homemade performance videos.

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