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July Lyric Notes

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Happy Summer! If you're looking for a way to beat the summer heat, then pour yourself a glass of lemonade and read up on the 2014/15 Lyric Opera season - on sale to the public as of July 1! This month’s Lyric Notes includes a spotlight on the ladies of Don Giovanni; an interview with Renée Fleming, star of the Strauss masterpiece Capriccio; and a chance to learn about life in the Lyric Opera Chorus, among other articles. We hope that it whets your appetite for the upcoming season – it’s just around the corner!


Chorister Profile: Kenneth Nichols

Bass-baritone Kenneth Nichols has been a member of the Lyric Opera Chorus for 13 years. We caught up with Nichols this summer to talk about his experiences as a singer and his thoughts on Lyric’s upcoming production of Porgy and Bess.

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Trovatore through the years: Verdi’s smash hit returns to Lyric

David McVicar’s Spanish-inspired take on Il Trovatore returns to Lyric in the 2014-15 season in all of its oversized glory. Though the story is as wild as they come, with gypsy curses, mistaken identities, love triangles, and executions coming at a breakneck pace, this work has enjoyed enduring popularity—and it’s not hard to see why.

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Strauss for Her: Renée Fleming relishes the master’s final opera, Capriccio

Countess Madeleine in Capriccio is beautiful, elegant, highly intelligent, irresistibly charming, and soaring forth in some of Richard Strauss’s most heavenly music. In other words, the role is a natural for Renée Fleming, as Lyric audiences will see and hear when Capriccio returns for the first time in 20 years.

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Giovanni’s Ladies

When Lyric opens the 2014-15 season with Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the female roles will be sung by an extraordinary trio of sopranos – each beautiful to behold and dazzling to hear.

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Summer Vacation for These Returning Ryan Opera Center Alums? Not So Much.

Several former members of the Ryan Opera Center have been making musical waves around the world this spring and summer. Here’s what a few who’ll be back this season have been up to.

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