Lyric Opera of Chicago

December Lyric Notes

Welcome to Lyric Notes, Lyric Opera of Chicago's eNewsletter!

Critics are raving about Porgy and Bess, on stage through December 20, and Anna Bolena, which opened this weekend to rousing ovations! Meanwhile, a talented cast of artists is gearing up to open Tosca in the new year, Lyric Unlimited is preparing for community events surrounding The Passenger, and a family performance of The Magic Victrola is on tap for Jan. 17. Plus, don't miss our music-lovers gift guide for the holidays and more in this issue!

"A thing of beauty not to be missed" — Why critics love Porgy and Bess

What has been called "gorgeously epic" (Gapers Block) and filled with "sheer theatrical pizzazz" (Chicago Tribune)? No, it wasn't your family's Thanksgiving dinner-it's Lyric's production of The Gershwins' masterpiece Porgy and Bess.

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Reimagining Anne Boleyn

We track the comings and goings of Prince William and Kate Middleton with as much interest and care as we would our dear friends. But there's another royal family that everyone knows and craves — King Henry VIII, with his bad behavior and his many wives. Specifically the one we’re most fascinated by: Anne Boleyn.

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On-Stage Magic: The Creative Process Behind The Magic Victrola

The Magic Victrola is designed to serve as an engaging introduction to the wide word of opera, which offers a unique challenge for its creative team as they imagine bringing an original work to life on stage.

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A Tosca of Many Nations

There's no repertoire in opera more popular worldwide than Puccini, and it's not only in Italy that great Puccini interpreters are produced! Look, for example, at Lyric Opera's Tosca—the two trios of principals and the conductor together represent five different nations.

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Memory and Reckoning: Exploring The Passenger

In conjunction with Mieczysław Weinberg's The Passenger, a 20th-century masterpiece that portrays the story of the Holocaust from the perspectives of both victim and perpetrator, Lyric Unlimited has organized Memory and Reckoning, a confluence of activities that will fully explore all of the historical context and contemporary resonances associated with this important work.

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Lyric Has Your Gifts For the Holidays!

If you’re feeling less than inspired by the thought of wrapping another bottle of perfume for her or another tie for him, then look no further—Lyric has eight great ways to treat the music lover in your life to the gift of opera.

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Lyric's Wine Auction 2015

Lyric's next Wine Auction will take place on February 7, 2015. A tradition since 1988 and innovating ever since, Lyric's 11th auction of fine wines, luxury travel, and gourmet wine-and-dine packages will dazzle and delight in true Women's Board style.

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