Above: Brandon Jovanovich and Elisabet Strid in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production Die Walküre by Richard Wagner. Credit: Cory Weaver
PLEASE NOTE: More Lyric Opera of Chicago titles and more information on the entirety of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series will be released in the first quarter of 2018. The Lyric Opera of Chicago season will be split into two parts, the first containing operas #1 – 6 (May 12 – June 16), and the second containing operas #7 – 10, with finalized broadcast dates to be published in the coming weeks. As noted in the Lyric Opera of Chicago summary page, the additional titles Così fan tutte, Faust, Das Rheingold, and Bel Canto will be scheduled later in the series (more information forthcoming).
The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts return with eight stunning opening night performances from the 2017/18 season and two special encore presentations. The series runs mid-May through the summer. Kicking off the 10 titles is Lyric’s premiere of the rarely performed French version of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice (Orpheus and Eurydice), with the title roles exquisitely portrayed by Dmitry Korchak and Andriana Chuchman. Verdi’s riveting Rigoletto follows, with Quinn Kelsey, Rosa Feola, and Matthew Polenzani all memorable in the three principal roles. Lyric’s new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle continues with the second installment, Die Walküre, with Christine Goerke’s magnificence in the title role matched by Eric Owens, Brandon Jovanovich, Elisabet Strid, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, and Ain Anger onstage and music director Sir Andrew Davis in the pit. Matthew Polenzani returns in dazzling form for Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, with equally elegant performances by Marina Rebeka and Mariusz Kwiecien. Amber Wagner stars in the formidable title role of Puccini’s Turandot, opposite Stefano La Colla in his American debut as Calaf. Two major stars of bel canto, Albina Shagimuratova and Lawrence Brownlee, lead the cast of Bellini’s ravishing I puritani, and Lyric presents a top-flight ensemble for Mozart’s captivating Così fan tutte, including company favorites Ana María Martínez and Alessandro Corbelli. The 2017/18 mainstage season concludes with Gounod’s matchlessly romantic Faust, featuring the American debut of Benjamin Bernheim in the title role, opposite Ailyn Pérez and Christian Van Horn. The last two titles in the 10-title season are a pair of very special encore presentations – Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Lyric’s first presentation in its all-new RING cycle, followed by a Lyric commission, the world-premiere of López’ Bel Canto, based on the best-selling novel.
To learn more about Lyric’s current season, go to lyricopera.org. You can also join the conversation with @LyricOpera on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
This program is a part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series, a series designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to fill out the year with great Opera content. The series begins in May and exact dates will be published in the first half of the year.