American Opera Series

The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts return with the 2016-17 opening-performance productions, mid-May through mid-July. Kicking off the nine-opera series, and launching Lyric’s much-anticipated new Ring cycle, is Das Rheingold – withcaptivating performances by Eric Owens, Samuel Youn, and Štefan Margita. In the breathtaking bel canto of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, you will hear the thrilling Albina Shagimuratova (title role) opposite Piotr Beczała’s celebrated Edgardo (compared to Luciano Pavarotti by one critic). A trio of French favorites are featured: Berlioz’s mighty Les Troyens, starring powerhouse artists Susan Graham, Brandon Jovanovich, and Christine Goerke; Massenet’s Don Quichotte starring the incomparable Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Bizet’s ever-popular Carmen. Also in store is Mozart’s delightful The Magic Flute, featuring Kathryn Lewek’s stratospheric Queen of the Night. Don’t miss Ana María Martínez’s role debut as Tatiana opposite Mariusz Kwiecień in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – followed by a special encore broadcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni from Lyric’s 60th anniversary season, starring Kwiecień in the title role, Martínez as Donna Elvira, and Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna.

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s mission is to express and promote the life-changing, transformational, revelatory power of great opera. Lyric exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to Chicago and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form.

Founded in 1954, Lyric is dedicated to producing and performing consistently thrilling, entertaining, and thought-provoking opera with a balanced repertoire of core classics, lesser-known masterpieces, and new works; to creating an innovative and wide-ranging program of community engagement and educational activities; and to developing exceptional emerging operatic talent.

the leadership of General Director, President & CEO Anthony Freud, Music Director Sir Andrew Davis, and Creative Consultant Renée Fleming, Lyric strives to become the great North American opera company for the 21st century: a globally significant arts organization embodying the core values of excellence, relevance, and fiscal responsibility.

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