The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s VERDI VOICES concert is now available for free digital streaming
The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s recent Verdi Voices concert featuring three of the world’s most accomplished Verdians – soprano Tamara Wilson, tenor Russell Thomas and Lyric Opera of Chicago conductor and music director Enrique Mazzola – is now available digitally and can be streamed for free starting today.
This concert offers a comprehensive study of Verdi’s musical genius, from his shimmering overture to La forza del destino, to the favorite arias of Don Carlos and Simon Boccanegra, to the mesmerizing duets of Aida and Otello, and more. These Verdi specialists will once again join forces to open Lyric’s 2022/23 season with the composer’s Ernani in September. Verdi’s film-concert offers a preview of Ernani with the arias “Mercè, diletti amici” and “Ernani, involami”.
Tamara Wilson, a Chicago-area native and winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award, made her operatic debut as Leonora in Verdi’s Il trovatore during the 2018/19 season. She recently graced the Lyric stage to perform the towering role of Odabella in Verdi’s “Attila: Highlights in Concert.” She returns to the operatic stage to open the season as Elvira in Ernani.
Russell Thomas made his operatic debut as Pollione in Bellini’s Norma in the 2016/17 season and quickly became an audience favourite, returning for Manrico in Verdi’s Il trovatore in the 2018/2019 season with Wilson. Thomas was Canio in Lyric’s recently released filmed version of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. He starred in Lyric’s 2021/22 season as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca and will again join Tamara Wilson in Lyric Ernani’s season opener in the title role.
Enrique Mazzola began his tenure as Lyric’s third musical director directing the 2021/22 season-opening performances of Verdi’s Macbeth and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love to great critical and public acclaim. During Lyric’s 2019/20 season, as Music Director Designate, he led Verdi’s Luisa Miller to launch the company’s Early Verdi series. His work at Lyric during the 2020/21 virtual season included several explorations of Verdi’s oeuvre, from ‘Attila: Breaking Down the Score’ to ‘Attila: Highlights in Concert’ to ‘The Great Verdi Chorus Showdown’, all still available for streaming.
Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to redefining what it means to experience great opera. The company is committed to delivering consistently excellent artistry through innovative, relevant and festive programming that engages and energizes new and traditional audiences.
Under the leadership of Managing Director, President and CEO Anthony Freud, Music Director Enrique Mazzola and Special Projects Advisor Renée Fleming, Lyric is dedicated to reflecting and drawing strength from Chicago’s diversity. Lyric delivers, through innovation, collaboration, and evolving learning opportunities, audience and community experiences that are ever more exciting, accessible, and engaging. We are also committed to training the artists of the future, through the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center; and to become increasingly diverse among our audiences, staff, programming, and artists, magnifying the welcoming appeal of our art form, our business, and our city.
Through the timeless power of voice, the splendor of a great orchestra and choir, theater, dance, design and truly magnificent scenography, Lyric is dedicated to immersing audiences in worlds both familiar and unexpected, creating shared experiences that resonate long after the curtain goes up. down.
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