Stars of the Lyric perform free concert under the stars at Millennium Park

Stars of the Lyric perform free concert under the stars at Millennium Park
9/7/18 7:47:44 PM -- The Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2018

The Lyric Opera kicks off its 2019-2020 season with a free “Stars of Lyric Opera Concert” in Millennium Park at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and on the lawn tonight (Friday, September 6) at 7pm. 

The evening provides the perfect opportunity to preview the season for both opera fans and those who just want to get a taste of what opera is all about.

Lyric’s renowned music director, Sir Andrew Davis, will conduct the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus along with an array of outstanding international opera artists, including the stars of Lyric’s season-opening production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville: Marianne Crebassa, Lawrence Brownlee, Adam Plachetka, and Krzysztof Bączyk (making his Lyric Opera debut). Current Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members Mathilda Edge, Kayleigh Decker, Eric Ferring, and Christopher Kenney will also perform.

The starry evening features excerpts from Lyric’s upcoming season, including highlights from The Barber of Seville, as well as selections by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. The concert will also include music from Verdi’s Falstaff, Donizetti’sLa favorite, Bizet’s Carmen, and Rachmaninoff’s Aleko.

The Lyric Opera Chorus will be prepared by chorus master Michael Black.

There will be chances to win tickets to the 2019/20 Season during the evening, and the first 5,000 guests to arrive will receive a free Lyric giveaway item.

What: The annual Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert
Where: Inside Jay Pritzker Pavilion and on the lawn at Millennium Park
When: Friday, September 6, at 7:00pm.

The Lyric 2019-2020 Season

Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its 65th season on Saturday, September 28. The season will include eight operas:

  • Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Sept. 28 – Oct. 27)
  • Verdi’s Luisa Miller (Oct. 12 – 31)
  • McNally’s Dead Man Walking (Nov. 2 – 22)
  • Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Nov. 14 – Dec. 8)
  • Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Feb. 6 – Mar. 8)
  • Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades (Feb. 15 – Mar. 1)
  • Wagner’s Gӧtterdӓmmerung (Apr. 4 & 11)
  • The Midwest premiere of Tesori and Thompson’s Blue (performed at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, June 19 – 28)

The climax of the season will be Lyric’s new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle, attracting audiences from around the world to experience the four operas over the course of a single week: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung(Cycle 1: Apr. 13 – 18, Cycle 2: Apr. 20 – 25, Cycle 3: Apr. 27 – May 3).

Lyric’s 2019/20 Season also includes the company premiere of Harry Warren and Al Dubin’s Tony-winning song-and-dance spectacular 42nd Street (May 29 – June 21), and two special events: Lyric favorite Sondra Radvanovsky singing the finales of Donizetti’s three “Tudor Queen” operas in The Three Queens with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus (Dec. 1 – 7) and the long-awaited Chicago return ofSir Bryn Terfel in Recital (Feb. 2).

All of Lyric’s regular-season performances take place at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive in Chicago, with projected English texts for every opera. Subscriptions are still available, as are single tickets for individual performances. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

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