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Lyric Opera Announces 2018-19 Season

9 February 2018

Lyric Opera Announces 2018-19 Season

    By Stephen Raskauskas | February 6, 2018

Today, Lyric Opera of Chicago announced its 2018/19 season of performances, with 8 mainstage opera performances, including two company premieres, as well as a presentation of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, also a company premiere. The season also includes the presentation of a new opera at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance through Lyric’s outreach and community engagement initiative, Lyric Unlimited, as well as other special performances. In December 2018, internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Netrebko comes to Lyric to offer a solo recital with collaborative pianist Malcolm Matineau. In March 2019, Renée Fleming performs with the Lyric Opera Orchestra and guest artists for a special concert and gala.

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Renee Fleming's 'Chicago Voices' transforms the Civic Opera House with soaring melody

5 February 2017

Renee Fleming's 'Chicago Voices' transforms the Civic Opera House with soaring melody

February 5, 2017 By Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

What would happen if some of the greatest voices to come out of Chicago joined forces on a single stage?

You'd encounter the sound of the city itself, for Chicago has nurtured and shaped all those idioms, and then some. Without the blues innovations of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, the gospel thunder of Mahalia Jackson, the folk incantations of Steve Goodman, the jazz seductions of Nat King Cole and the contributions of uncounted other Chicagoans, American music would be much the poorer.

You'd hear more than just jazz and rap, gospel and blues, classical and folk.

Anyone who doubts that proposition probably was not at the Civic Opera House on Saturday evening, when opera star Renee Fleming and a stylistically far-reaching cast of singers staged a three-hour marathon aptly titled "Chicago Voices Concert." More than just a gathering of musically wide-ranging performers, the event made tangible this city's enormous impact on how America — and, arguably, the world — sings.

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Renee Fleming, John Prine and friends gear up to celebrate 'Chicago Voices'

31 January 2017

Renee Fleming, John Prine and friends gear up to celebrate 'Chicago Voices'

January 31, 2017 By Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

In December 2015, operatic soprano Renee Fleming collaborated with Chicago jazz singer-pianist Patricia Barber in a genre-defying performance at the Harris Theater.

Jazz and classical languages intertwined as Fleming and Barber performed a world-premiere program of Barber's art songs and other repertoire, two singular artists elegantly blurring distinctions between their musical realms (and subsequently taking the show on the road).

Come Saturday evening, Fleming will venture still further out stylistically in "Chicago Voices," a musically far-reaching, multimedia program at the Civic Opera House modeled after the "American Voices" project Fleming brought to the Kennedy Center in Washington in 2013.

This time, Fleming serves as artistic director for a concert designed to reflect Chicago's enormous contribution to the world of song.

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Renée Fleming Takes the Stage in ‘The Merry Widow'

10 November 2015

Renée Fleming Takes the Stage in ‘The Merry Widow'

Michigan Avenue Magazine

By Oussama Zahr | November 10, 2015 

“In opera,” says Renée Fleming, “the lyric soprano is typically the victim.” Little wonder, then, that the opera star is relishing the chance to play a very different kind of heroine in the Lyric Opera’s The Merry Widow, opening November 14 in an eye-popping production directed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. As the wealthy widow Hanna Glawari, Fleming teases, needles, and manipulates an admiring throng of gold-digging suitors, all while threading her plush soprano through Franz Lehár’s often exquisite melodies. “I’ve never really gotten to play a character like that,” she says. “She really has the upper hand.”

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A closer look: big screen magnification for Capriccio

7 October 2014

A closer look: big screen magnification for Capriccio

Richard Strauss’s Capriccio is an opera for an ensemble of fabulous singing actors. In a great Capriccio (which is certainly what you’re going to see and hear at Lyric!), the detailed give-and-take between the performers is always a joy to watch. So that this aspect of the production can be more thoroughly appreciated by those in seats located at a fair distance from the stage, Lyric is installing IMAG (the audio-visual acronym for “image modification”) screens in the first balcony and upper balcony for October 9, 15, 22, and 28. - See more at: http://www.lyricopera.org/a-closer-look-imag/#sthash.ETAQflBc.dpuf

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Lyric goes to London

26 July 2013

Lyric goes to London

July 19 reunited Lyric's mighty triumvirate of general director Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis, and creative consultant Renée Fleming at the Royal Opera House for a semi-staged concert performance of Richard Strauss's final opera, Capriccio. With Anthony in the audience, Sir Andrew conducted Renée as the Countess, one of her signature roles, to great acclaim:

"Swathed in a glittering Vivienne Westwood gown, she look[ed] ravishing and the soft, poised, top notes in the closing minutes hung in the air like so many silvery moonbeams." Richard Fairman, The Financial Times

"Andrew Davis is a master Straussian, conducting with unassertive ease and stroking the requisite velvet out of the strings." Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

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