Meet the Resident Artists
September 11, 2016
Meet Lyric Opera’s first class of Resident Artists as they showcase some of their favorite pieces from the operatic repertoire. Our Resident Artists will fill the Michael and Ginger Frost Production Center with their voices and their personalities.
Hansel and Gretel
September 17, 21, 23 and 25, 2016
SOME TREATS AREN’T SO SWEET
This opera, based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale of a brother and sister, was actually written by a brother and sister. Humperdinck was persuaded to write the music by his sister, Adelheid, who wrote the libretto. The setting for this production has been reimagined as a fantasy carnival world delightfully enhanced by performers from Doug Varone & Dancers with set and costumes by Tony Award nominee David Zinn. Sprinkled with familiar melodies and topped with a happy ending, Hansel and Gretel promises to be a sweet start to the season.
Schubert | Beatles
October 1, 2016
The performance will feature two meteoric musical careers that captured the ethos of their eras, a dual repertoire of songs so iconic as to have assumed the status of folk music: Franz Schubert and the team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The driving beat of Schubert and the exquisite lyricism of the Beatles will be highlighted, with titles ranging from “Der Wanderer an den Mond” to “She’s Leaving Home.” In an Opera News review, Maria Mazzaro stated, “The songs somehow were all transformed into the finest eleven o’clock ballads any classic musical ever heard, proving that the Beatles were a heck of a lot more than the average pop musicians.”
The Marriage of Figaro
November 5, 9, 11 and 13, 2016
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
Few operas are as delightful as Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, considered by many to be the most perfect opera ever written. Picking up where The Barber of Seville left off, it’s now several years later and the bloom is off the rose. Count Almaviva has developed a wandering eye and has set his sights on Figaro’s bride-to-be, Susannah, neglecting his own wife. What follows is a rousing and poignant comedy of misplaced identities, misbegotten plans and general misbehaving. All ends well as love is restored, families are reunited and Figaro finally gets his bride.
Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters
January 28 and 29, 2017
Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters were written in 1992 and recorded by the artist himself, together with the Brodsky Quartet. A set of 17 songs for voice and string quartet, with a few quartet-only interludes, they had an unusual inspiration: Costello heard that the lovelorn actually write letters to Shakespeare’s Juliet and leave them at her supposed ‘balcony’ in Verona, Italy. Costello came up with his own stylized “letters” and set them to music, using the idea as a platform for the exploration of young love. Musically the material lies somewhere between that of his pop albums and his Shakespearean orchestral ballet Il Sogno of 2004, a more purely “classical” work. Elvis Costello’s emotional and poignant renderings of some of these letters became the song cycle The Juliet Letters.
Dead Man Walking
March 4, 8, 10 and 12, 2017
A JOURNEY OF FAITH
One of the most frequently performed contemporary operas in recent years, Dead Man Walking is the story of a profound spiritual journey taken by a nun and a convicted killer about to face the ultimate sentence. Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean, the opera delves into the conflict between the act of murder, society’s demand for retribution and the Christian foundation of redemption and forgiveness. Dead Man Walking is an unforgettable experience and promises to leave you stunned and breathless.
Art Song Series: American Voices
March 19, 2017
Lyric Opera’s Resident Artists will close the first season of Explorations as they started it – with an intimate concert experience designed for you to get to know them further as artists. This time they’ll be singing some of their favorite song cycles by American composers, with selections from among the compositions of Jake Heggie (composer of the opera Dead Man Walking), Lori Laitman, Robert Paterson, and Gabriel Kahane, and others.
The Pirates of Penzance
April 22, 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2017
HIGH JINKS ON THE HIGH SEAS
Gilbert and Sullivan’s cheeky and charming operetta abounds with pirates, maidens and a Major General with the true gift of gab. Featuring hyperkinetic lyrics, madly colorful sets and a bevy of bungling bobbies, this production promises to be an evening of pure fun. Young Frederic, instantly smitten by the lovely Mabel but beholden to a Pirate King, and beleaguered by the Major General, must fulfill his sense of duty while staying true to his love. Sound complicated? That’s because only in The Pirates of Penzance will you hear the words ‘’lot o’ news’’ rhymed with “hypotenuse.’’