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Winning streak

6 days agoArts : Parterre Box

Like our beloved Cubs, Chicago Lyric Opera is in the midst of a championship season.

Photos: Lyric Opera Is Using Meme-Worthy Signs To Attract Audiences

The latest sign borrows inspiration from contemporary poet Sir-Mix-A-Lot. [ more › ]

Troy story

2 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

Lyric Opera of Chicago rose to the challenges mightily in its first-ever performance of Les Troyens.

Lyric Opera Of Chicago Bosses Claim They Broke Even Last Season, But The Numbers Show A $22M Deficit

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Even though Lyric CFO Roberta Lane is calling it a break-even year, the grim numbers on the auditor’s statement of activities indicate otherwise.” And the company’s answers to a reporter don’t exactly clarify things.

There’s an Opera Version of ‘The Shining’ and You Can Stream it Right Now

For as much of a movie and music fan as I am, I honestly can’t stand musicals or operas. 99% of the time, I don’t like the music, I don’t like the lyrics, I don’t like the presentation…I simply don’t like ’em! But every once in a while, one passes me by that stops me […]

Casting A Deaf Actor As The Who’s Tommy (Why Didn’t Anyone Think Of This Before?)

“‘I call this ‘The Metaphor Strikes Back,” says [director Suzanne] Richard of ‘the deaf, dumb and blind kid,’ as the ‘Pinball Wizard’ lyrics un-gently describe the traumatized title character of Pete Townshend’s seminal rock opera. ‘I think it’s time for the metaphor to get a dose of what the real experience of disability is like.'”

Susan Graham To The Rescue At Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Talk about a casting coup … Sophie Koch was going to sing Didon in Lyric’s new production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, which opens in a bit more than two weeks, but she just pulled out for personal reasons. And who should happen to be available but the world’s reigning singer of the role?

Second City does Wagner for its second hilarious collaboration with Lyric Opera

You don't have to know anything about composer Richard Wagner to laugh your head off at this season's collaboration between Lyric Opera and Second City, Longer! Louder!…

'Ring'-a-ding-ding: Latest Lyric-Second City spoof good for Wagner-sized laughs

In the interest of truth in titling, one or more of the exclamation points in "Longer! Louder! Wagner!," Lyric Opera's latest collaboration with Second City, could be removed without inflicting damage on the product. But it's still a pretty funny show. Subtitled "The Second City Wagner Companion,"...

Lyric Opera Cast Change Announcement

I don't have the press release, but we'll assume that the Chicago Sun-Times isn't lying: Sophie Koch, scheduled to sing Didon, has withdrawn from the upcoming production of Les Troyens.You can keep breathing: stepping in is Susan Graham.Graham was magnificent last year in SF, but I must admit that I was looking forward to Koch, about whom I have heard only good things.

Boss stays: Freud’s dream job continues

Overnight press release: CHICAGO (10/20/16) –Lyric Opera of Chicago today announced that, at its meeting earlier today, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to renew acclaimed general director Anthony Freud’s five year contract. Mr. Freud will continue to lead the organization as general director through the 2020/21 season. The unanimous decision by the Board of […]

‘Tis new to thee

2 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor returned to Chicago Lyric Opera on Saturday evening.

A new beginning

2 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2016-17 season got off to an exciting start on Saturday night with Wagner’s Das Rheingold.

Pure gold: Lyric Opera's new 'Rheingold' opens the season with vocal splendor

This is the way the world begins. On a darkened stage, lit by a single floor lamp. From the depths of the orchestra emerges the E flat major chord representing the rolling currents of the Rhine River. Life stirs. Three mute supernumeraries representing the Norns, or fates, fearfully deposit a golden...

50 years ago: Fritz Wunderlich’s last recital

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The great German lyric tenor died in a domestic accident on 17 September 1966. He was weeks away from his 36th birthday and his Metropolitan Opera debut. Wunderlich’s final appearance was on September 4 at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.The pianist was Herbert Giesen. You may never hear a more heartfelt account of Schumann’s song, Ich […]

Watch Meg Ryan And Adam Scott Star In James Corden’s Beyoncé Soap Opera

3 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

On last night’s The Late Late Show With James Corden, the show’s guests Meg Ryan and Adam Scott appeared alongside Corden in a skit called “The Bold And The Lyrical,” a soap opera spoof which used various Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child lyrics for the majority of its dialogue. Only so far you can take a […]

Beyonce Lyrics Used for Funny Soap Opera Sketch on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden' [WATCH]

On last night's 'The Late Late Show,' host James Corden proved that he's the ultimate Beyoncé fan. Continue reading…

Watch Meg Ryan, James Corden, Adam Scott Perform Beyoncé Soap Opera on “The Late Late Show”

On last night’s episode of “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” Corden and guests Meg Ryan and Adam Scott did a sketch called “The Bold and the Lyrical.” It’s a mock soap opera, wherein the characters used only Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child lyrics to communicate. Show More Summary

James Corden made a soap opera with dialogue consisting solely of Beyoncé lyrics.

3 months agoHumor / odd : Happy Place

On Monday night's Late Late Show, host James Corden presented another episode of his compelling soap opera The Bold and the Lyrical, this time starring Meg Ryan and Adam Scott and featuring dialogue consisting only of Beyoncé lyrics....Show More Summary

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