Lyric Opera of Chicago Podcasts

Lyric Opera of Chicago Podcasts

Backstage at Lyric #133 -- Discovery Series: Parsifal

Parsifal is an enigmatic work by the greatest of all German opera composers. Hear John Caird, the director of this...

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Backstage at Lyric #132 -- Discovery Series: Otello

Shakespeare’s searing drama is made more intense by Verdi’s music. Enjoy this discussion with Johan Botha (Otello),...

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Backstage at Lyric #131 -- Discovery Series: Rigoletto

One of Verdi's defining operas, Rigoletto is a fountain of memorable melodies, while its suject matter involves moral...

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Backstage at Lyric #130 -- Discovery Series: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Twenty-four hours in 18th-century Nürnberg on the longest day of the year. That's the when and where of Wagner's...

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Backstage at Lyric #129 -- Discovery Series: La Bohème

Some people say La Bohème is a comedy with a sad ending; for others, it's a heavenly romance. Regardless of how it's...

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Backstage at Lyric #128 -- Discovery Series: Hansel and Gretel

We all know the children's story of two kids getting lost in the woods and happening upon a witch who lives in a...

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Backstage at Lyric #127 -- Discovery Series: Werther

What's funnier than an old codger smitten with a beautiful young woman? That's the plot of this Donizetti comedy. But...

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Backstage at Lyric #126 -- Discovery Series: Werther

One of the great romantic tragedies, Werther is a story of love, hope, and finally, despair. This production of the...

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Backstage at Lyric #125 -- Discovery Series: Simon Boccanegra

If you love the bass voice, here's your chance to get up close to one of the most illustrious stars in the business....

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Backstage at Lyric #124 -- Discovery Series: Elektra

Richard Strauss became the "bad boy" of classical music by pushing the envelope to the extreme. His Elektra only...

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Backstage at Lyric #123 -- Discovery Series: Rinaldo

Rinaldo is a tale filled with magic, sorcery, and vocal fireworks. Contralto Sonia Prina and soprano Elza van den...

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Backstage at Lyric #122 -- Discovery Series: Show Boat Symposium

Show Boat details the struggles of Americans, both white and black, from the age of steam and riverboats to the year...

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Backstage at Lyric #120 -- Discovery Series: Aida

Listen as Verdi soprano supreme Sondra Radvanovsky (Aida) and the always-incendiary Jill Grove (Amneris) discuss the...

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Backstage at Lyric #119 -- Discovery Series: The Magic Flute

Join our all-star panel – Lyric’s own Nicole Cabell (Pamina), Charles Castronovo (Tamino), Stéphane Degout...

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Backstage at Lyric #118 -- Discovery Series: Ariadne auf Naxos

Come along to the world of Straussian delights with Amber Wagner (Prima Donna/Ariadne), Brandon Jovanovich (Bacchus),...

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Backstage at Lyric #117 -- Discovery Series: Boris Godunov

Bass Ferruccio Furlanetto (Boris), stage director Julia Pevzner, and Lyric music director Sir Andrew Davis offer...

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Backstage at Lyric #116 -- Discovery Series: Lucia di Lammermoor

Bel canto means beautiful singing, and Lucia is full of it. Listen to Lyric's Lucia (Susanna Phillips), Edgardo...

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Backstage at Lyric #115 -- Discovery Series: The Tales of Hoffmann

Hear the poet himself, Lyric fave Matthew Polenzani, and the production's musical architect, conductor Emmanuel...

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Backstage at Lyric #114 -- Discovery Series: Hercules

Hercules languished in obscurity for almost two centuries and didn’t receive its first modern performance until...

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Backstage at Lyric #113 -- Lohengrin: Johan Botha

South African tenor Johan Botha, who previously starred at Lyric in La Gioconda, Pagliacci, and Turandot, is renowned...

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