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.

Eric Owens To Miss Lyric’s 2020 Ring Cycle, Replacements Announced

The celebrated American bass-baritone was slated to appear as Wotan but has withdrawn because of health issues.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2020-2021 Season

On Wednesday, February 12, Lyric Opera of Chicago general director Anthony Freud and music director Sir Andrew Davis announced the company’s 66th season. A North American premiere, a Midwest premiere, and a special opening night concert with Renée Fleming are among the highlights. The 2020-2021 season will also be Sir Andrew’s last as music director.

Famed Welsh singer Bryn Terfel breaks ankle in three places

Bryn Terfel broke an ankle in three places and will have surgery this week, causing him to cancel what would have been his first performances at the Metropolitan Opera since 2012.

Sondra Radvanovsky on the Acrobatic Bel Canto, Spectacular Couture of ‘The Three Queens’

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky’s renowned vocal prowess is on impressive display at Lyric Opera of Chicago in The Three Queens. Also on display are three stunning gowns by designer Rubin Singer, who’s designed for stars like Beyoncé and Renée Fleming.

Ryan McKinny on His Friendship, Artistic Partnership With a Death Row Inmate: ‘We’re Human Just Like Him’

Terence Andrus has been on death row since 2012. Through a pen pal program, bass-baritone Ryan McKinny became a friend and artistic collaborator.

Enrique Mazzola on Being Lyric’s Next Music Director and Why ‘Luisa Miller’ Is Essential Verdi

“You have to know that I am a very curious musician…” said Enrique Mazzola, wearing his trademark red glasses. In September, the Italian conductor was appointed Lyric Opera of Chicago’s music director designate.

Playlist: What Makes a Verdi Baritone? Sherrill Milnes and Quinn Kelsey Explain

There are baritones, and then there are Verdi baritones. They are the elite performers, athletes among baritones, thrilling their fans with blazing top notes and plumbing the depths of some of the most dramatically complex roles in opera.

Video: Jake Heggie and Sister Helen Prejean Talk ‘Dead Man Walking’

“There are very few places, it seems to me, where people go to reflect as a community… The opera house, or the concert hall, is one of those sacred spaces…” reflected composer Jake Heggie during a panel about his opera, Dead Man Walking, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

13 Chicago Area Arts and Music Events for a Frightening and Fun Halloween

Whether you’re looking for a hardcore horror flick or a family-friendly outing, this list has you covered for some of the Chicago area’s Halloween highlights!

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 Names Next Music Director: Enrique Mazzola To Succeed Sir Andrew Davis

Mazzola will be just the third music director in the company’s history.

6 Classical Music and Wine Pairings That Are Sure To Soothe Your Soul

Wine and music pair together in perfect harmony. Check out these 6 pairings from maestro and wine ambassador Enrique Mazzola.

Renée Fleming Celebrates 25 Years With Lyric Opera of Chicago

The “People’s Diva” first delighted Chicago audiences as she performed the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah in 1993.

How to Make a Baroque Opera Work in the 21st Century

How does an opera written in 1735 hold up today? Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of George Frideric Handel’s Ariodante presents a contemporary perspective on the nearly 300-year-old Baroque opera, with updated gender and sexual politics to boot.

Unrecognizable: A Stage Makeup Transformation for Lyric’s Elektra

Richard Strauss’s Elektra is challenging, dramatic, and very, very bloody. This thrilling, one-act opera is based on an ancient Greek myth: Elektra seeks her sweet revenge on her mother for murdering her father. Lyric Opera of Chicago’s intense production features WFMT host Maggie Clennon Reberg. Go behind the scenes at Lyric, and be astonished as Maggie transforms in hair and makeup!

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces ’19-20 Season

It will mark Muti’s tenth-anniversary season as music director as well as the 250th birthday of Beethoven. Muti conducts all of Beethoven’s symphonies over the course of the season, culminating in the triumphant Symphony No. 9 in June 2020.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2019-2020 Season, With Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Cycle, ‘Don Giovanni’, ‘Madama Butterfly’

Lyric’s 2019-2020 season will include 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.

Video: Cast of Lyric’s Cinderella Joins WFMT for a Live Backstage Preview

What is it about Cinderella fairy tale that grabs readers, viewers, audiences, and listeners alike? In between riveting vocal performances, two opera stars shared what makes the story so very resonant.

‘What was your secret, Montserrat?’: Larry Johnson Remembers Caballé’s Lyric Debut

In 1970, Montserrat Caballé was in only the fifth year of her international career and was, without doubt, one of the greatest voices to be heard in opera.

Lyric Backstage Video: Janai Brugger, Angela Brower, Sing ‘Idomeneo’ Excerpts

In an exclusive backstage performance, WFMT hosted a Facebook live with two of the starring performers of Lyric’s new-to-Chicago presentation of Idomeneo.

Lyric Opera says labor deal reached with striking musicians

A statement released by the music company Saturday night says the agreement would extend through the 2020-21 season, if ratified by members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra on strike

The orchestra said on its website and social media accounts, “Over the past 65 years, Chicago’s citizens, civic leaders, and philanthropists built a world-class opera company for a world-class city.”

Lyric Backstage Video: Danielle de Niese Previews ‘La bohème’

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2018-19 season opens this weekend with a classic: Puccini’s beloved La bohème.

The Surprising True Origins of Gershwin’s Classic ‘Summertime’

“Summertime” from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess is one of the one most popular songs in the Great American Songbook. But did you know that neither the tune to “Summertime” nor the lyrics are by George Gershwin?