LYRIC OPERA CHICAGO to Host Lectures, Special Events, and More in Addition to their Opera Season
Lyric's fabulous 2013-14 season is about to begin! To help audiences make the most of their opera experience, Lyric Opera of Chicago offers an array of lectures, tours, galas, and other special events during its 59th season, September through May. Please take note of these highlights for your season-preview coverage and calendar listings. Photos available on request. Additional information at lyricopera.org.
OTELLO/Verdi (Lyric production)
8 performances beginning at 7:30pm, except for opening night at 5pm and matinees at 2pm: Oct. 5, 9, 13(m), 17(m), 21, 25, 29; Nov. 2
MADAMA BUTTERFLY/Puccini (new Lyric coproduction)
11 performances beginning at 7:30pm, except for matinees at 2pm: Oct. 15, 18(m), 23(m), 26, 30; Jan. 11, 14, 17, 20, 23(m), 26(m)
PARSIFAL/Wagner (new production)
6 performances beginning at 6pm, except for matinee at 1pm: Nov. 9, 13, 17(m), 22, 25, 29
LA TRAVIATA/Verdi (new production)
10 performances beginning at 7:30pm, except for matinees at 2pm: Nov. 20, 23, 27(m), 30; Dec. 3, 6(m), 9, 12(m), 15(m), 20
DIE FLEDERMAUS/Strauss (new-to-Chicago production)
9 performances beginning at 7:30pm, except for matinees at 2pm: Dec. 10, 13, 16, 18, 21; Jan. 10(m), 12(m), 15(m), 18
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE/Rossini (new production)
10 performances beginning at 7:30pm, except for matinees at 2pm: Feb. 1, 3, 6(m), 9(m), 12(m), 15, 18, 21, 25, 28(m)
RUSALKA/Dvo?ák (new production)
6 performances beginning at 7:30pm, except for matinee at 2pm: Feb. 22, 26; Mar. 4, 7, 10, 16(m)
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO/Mozart (new-to-Chicago production)
7 performances beginning at 7:30pm, except for matinee at 2pm: Mar. 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23(m)
THE SOUND OF MUSIC/Rodgers and Hammerstein (new production)
17 performances: evenings 7pm Apr. 25, 26, 30, May 2 (8pm), 3, 6, 8, 9, 10; matinees 1:30pm Apr. 27, 30, May 4, 7, 8, 10, 11
There will also be free 30-minute pre-opera lectures will be offered starting an hour before every performance of every opera in the mainstage season (except Oct. 5, opening night of the season) to enhance the opera-going experience. Ticket for that date's opera performance must be shown for lecture admission. Open seating on main floor. Call(312) 827-5912 for more information. Pre-opera lectures start at 6:30pm evenings/1pm matinees, except for Parsifal: 5pm evenings/12 noon matinees.
Saturday, September 7, at 7:30pm
Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park Concert
This thrilling free outdoor concert, Lyric Opera of Chicago's preseason gift to the city, annually attracts capacity audiences of several thousands. This year's concert features highlights fromOtello, Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il trovatore, Lohengrin, and Béatrice et Bénédict. Conductor Ward Stare will lead the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus and outstanding soloists including sopranos Ana María Martínez, Albina Shagimuratova, andLaura Wilde*; tenor James Valenti; baritone Anthony Clark Evans*; and bass Evan Boyer.The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts airs this concert live on 98.7WFMT and WFMT.comstarting at 7:15pm. Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion. A Lyric Unlimited event.
SPECIAL EVENTS HAPPENING:
Monday, September 30, at 6:30pm
Season Preview Concert
Lyric's Season Preview Concert features selections from the upcoming season performed by members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, with a season overview by Roger Pines, Lyric's dramaturg. Open to new subscribers and donors of $35 or more. For tickets, go tolyricopera.org or call (312) 827-5657.
Saturday, October 5: Doors open at 4pm for Gala reception; performance at 5pm
OTELLO Opening Night Gala Benefit and Opera Ball
Lyric Opera's Opening Night Gala has always been the event on the Chicago social calendar, complete with red carpet, gorgeous gowns, and elegant décor. Complimentary hors d'oeuvre will be served before the performance and during the intermission on all levels of the opera house. Black tie/formal attire recommended. Verdi's stirring Otello begins at 5pm, starring Johan Botha,Ana María Martínez, Falk Struckmann, and Antonio Poli (American operatic debut) in a revival of Sir Peter Hall's original production directed by Ashley Dean (debut) and conducted byBertrand de Billy (debut). Production design is by John Gunter, with lighting by Duane Schuler.