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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for Lyric Opera's CAROUSEL with Laura Osnes and Steven Pasquale!Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for Lyric Opera's CAROUSEL with Laura Osnes and Steven Pasquale!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

Carousel is the third Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to be presented as part of Lyric's American Musical Theater Initiative. The King and I and South Pacific follow in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, respectively. Past productions were Oklahoma! in the 2012-13 season and The Sound of Music in the 2013-14 season. Carousel runs Friday, April 10 through Sunday, May 3, 2015 (26 performances, including one preview and one student matinee) at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago. Tickets start at $29, and are available at lyricopera.org/carousel or at 312-827-5600. The official press opening for Carousel is Saturday, April 11 at 7pm. Check out photos of the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents CREATING CAROUSEL, Opening TodayLyric Opera of Chicago Presents CREATING CAROUSEL, Opening Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago is proud to present the all-new exhibition “Creating Carousel” at the Civic Opera House. It opens on today, April 10, coinciding with the preview matinee performance of Lyric's new production of Carousel. The exhibition, on the lower level of the Civic Opera House, will be open for all performances of Carousel through May 3. It is free to performance ticketholders. (more...)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Open Season with All-Star CANDIDE, 6/11Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Open Season with All-Star CANDIDE, 6/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

Baltimore, Md. (March 23, 2015) — For the conclusion of the 2014-2015 season, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Music Director Marin Alsop lead the BSO premiere of Leonard Bernstein's comedic operetta Candide on June 11 at the Music Center at Strathmore, and June 12 through June 14 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The BSO announced today that the semi-staged production of Candide will be directed by Garnett Bruce and features an all-star cast including Peter Sagal, the host of NPR's weekly current events quiz show “Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me,” and Judy Kaye, Tony Award-winning star of The Phantom of the Opera. Rounding out the cast are Keith Jameson, Lauren Snouffer, Joshua Hopkins, Mark Diamond, Marie Lenormand, Stephanie Sadownik, Curtis Bannister, Patrick Cook, Andrew McLaughlin, Melissa Wimbish and Lewis Shaw. (more...)

Lyric General Director Anthony Freud Receives Dominican University's Bravo AwardLyric General Director Anthony Freud Receives Dominican University's Bravo Award
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2015

On Saturday, March 14th during Dominican University's Trustee Benefit Concert and Gala, Lyric Opera's general director Anthony Freud was given the Bravo Award for his significant and memorable contributions to the arts. (more...)

Great Performances at the Met to Air DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG, 4/12Great Performances at the Met to Air DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG, 4/12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Met Music Director James Levine conducts Wagner's epic human comedy Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg('The Mastersinger of Nuremberg') in its first Great Performances at the Met broadcast. (more...)

Lyric's Rising Stars in Concert to Showcase Ryan Opera Center Members, 3/21Lyric's Rising Stars in Concert to Showcase Ryan Opera Center Members, 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrates its 40th season with its annual Rising Stars in Concert program Saturday, March 21, at 7:30pm at the Civic Opera House. The talented singers and pianist of the 2014-15 ensemble will perform with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra in works of Bellini, Berg, Berlioz, Bizet, Debussy, Donizetti, Floyd, Gounod, Handel, Korngold, Mozart, Puccini, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Rossini. Rising Stars in Concert is offered in celebration of an exceptionally successful year of study and performance for these up-and-coming artists. (more...)

Lyric Names Civic Opera House Stage After Kenneth G. PigottLyric Names Civic Opera House Stage After Kenneth G. Pigott
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud announced that the stage of the Civic Opera House has been named for Kenneth G. Pigott, who served as Lyric's president and CEO from 2011 until his death on February 13. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago to Host CELEBRATING KEN in Honor of Kenneth G. Pigott This WeekendLyric Opera of Chicago to Host CELEBRATING KEN in Honor of Kenneth G. Pigott This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago invites the public to join the Lyric Opera family as we celebrate the life of Kenneth G. Pigott, who served as president and CEO of Lyric Opera of Chicago from 2011 until his death in February 2015. (more...)

'And the Nominees Are...' Over 130 Students Get the 'Nod' for the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards'And the Nominees Are...' Over 130 Students Get the 'Nod' for the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards
by Wendi Reichstein - Mar 6, 2015

Nearly150 students filled the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center Friday morning for an early- and unforgettable- Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards (GAHSMTA) nominations ceremony. Surrounded by eager theatre students, excited teachers and directors, and local Austin media outlets, the GAHSMTA Select Ensemble (in true musical theatre fashion), under the direction of the Long Center's Education and Outreach Director Ginger Morris, performed an impressive Broadway-style opener leading up to the morning's big announcement. (more...)

Thomas Adès to Make His NY Phil Conducting Debut with His TOTENTANZ, 3/12-14Thomas Adès to Make His NY Phil Conducting Debut with His TOTENTANZ, 3/12-14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

Composer-conductor Thomas Ade?s will make his New York Philharmonic conducting debut leading the U.S. Premiere of his Totentanz, featuring mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and baritone Mark Stone; Beethoven's Symphony No. 1; and Berlioz's Les Francs-juges Overture, Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 14 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Harpschordist & Conductor Jeanette Sorrell to Conduct BNY Mellon Grand Classics, 3/20Harpschordist & Conductor Jeanette Sorrell to Conduct BNY Mellon Grand Classics, 3/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

PITTSBURGH – Jeanette Sorrell returns to Heinz Hall as guest conductor and harpsichordist for Bach's Coffeehouse, a BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend with concerts Friday, March 20 and Sunday, March 22. (more...)

Mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges to Compete for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, 6/14Mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges to Compete for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, 6/14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

CHICAGO - American mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges is one of 20 international finalists for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015 competition. Bridges, a third-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, is currently portraying Vlasta in Lyric's mainstage premiere of Mieczys?aw Weinberg's The Passenger. (more...)

Rossini's Comic Gem Il Barbiere Di Siviglia Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, 3/22Rossini's Comic Gem Il Barbiere Di Siviglia Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, 3/22
by TV News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

The Met's effervescent production of Rossini's classic comedy Il Barbiere di Siviglia featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of operareturns to Great Performances at the Met on Sunday, March 22 at 12 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE PASSENGERPhoto Flash: First Look at Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE PASSENGER
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Mieczys?aw Weinberg's powerfully haunting opera, The Passenger, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis in a new-to-Chicago production by David Pountney. It opens on Tuesday, February 24 with six performances through Sunday, March 15. Performance dates are Feb. 24, 28, Mar. 4, and 9 at 7:30pm; and Mar. 12 and 15 at 2pm. The Passenger will be sung in Russian, German, Polish, French, Yiddish, Greek, Czech, and English with projected English translations. (more...)

Richard P. Kiphart Named Lyric Opera of Chicago's Interim President & CEORichard P. Kiphart Named Lyric Opera of Chicago's Interim President & CEO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud announced today that Richard P. Kiphart will become the interim president and CEO of Lyric, until the company's annual meeting and end of its fiscal year this June. (more...)

Lyric Opera Welcomes Roberta Lane as First-Ever CFO, Elizabeth Landon as HR DirectorLyric Opera Welcomes Roberta Lane as First-Ever CFO, Elizabeth Landon as HR Director
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Roberta Lane and Elizabeth Landon will join Lyric Opera of Chicago as the chief financial officer and director of human resources, respectively, the company announced today. Lane's role as chief financial officer is a new position and will play a crucial role in developing and analyzing strategic initiatives for the company. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Mourns Passing of President and CEO Kenneth G. PigottLyric Opera of Chicago Mourns Passing of President and CEO Kenneth G. Pigott
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

?Anthony Freud, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, today issued the following statement regarding the death of the company's president and CEO, Kenneth G. Pigott. (more...)

Broadway Legend Audra McDonald to Open UH's Madison Artist Series in MarchBroadway Legend Audra McDonald to Open UH's Madison Artist Series in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Audra McDonald has earned Tonys, Grammys and other accolades for her work on stage and screen. Soon, the multitalented performer will add another accomplishment to her extensive resume. (more...)

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Presents MOZART'S GREAT MASS with Masaaki Suzuki, 3/12-14The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Presents MOZART'S GREAT MASS with Masaaki Suzuki, 3/12-14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

One of the world's leading 18th-century music specialists, Japan's Masaaki Suzuki, makes his Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) debut leading the Orchestra in an all-Mozart program, Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, and Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m. andSaturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Featuring the composer's Don Giovanni Overture and Violin Concerto No. 5, performed by young German violinist Augustin Hadelich, the concert culminates with Mozart's Mass in C minor, otherwise known as the “Great” Mass. Please see below for complete program details. (more...)

Mark Stone Replaces Simon Keenlyside in TOTENTANZ with the NY Phil, 3/12-14Mark Stone Replaces Simon Keenlyside in TOTENTANZ with the NY Phil, 3/12-14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

Baritone Mark Stone, in his New York Philharmonic debut, will replace Simon Keenlyside, who has withdrawn due to illness, in the performances of the U.S. Premiere of Thomas Ades's Totentanz, led by the composer in his Philharmonic conducting debut, and also featuring mezzo- soprano Christianne Stotijn in her Philharmonic debut. The performances will also feature Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 and Berlioz's Les Francs-juges Overture, Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 14 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

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