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Subtitled "The School for Lovers," this beloved Mozart comedy is a probing look into romantic relationships. It starts out with a cynical philosopher's bet that two beautiful young women can't remain faithful to their fiancés for 24 hours. As the intrigue deepens, the young women's affections — and those of the young men — move into a new place that's risky and scary. The couples' feelings reveal themselves through the sheer genius of Mozart and his brilliant librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte. Così fan tutte is the epitome of sophisticated, thought-provoking entertainment.
After the triumph of Das Rheingold in 2016-17, Lyric continues the thrilling journey through Wagner's monumental Ring cycle with Die Walküre. This is the most deeply moving and romantic of all the Ring operas. Its riveting, devastating drama involves complex relationships between brother and sister, husband and wife, father and daughter. Every character is unforgettable — valiant Siegmund and Sieglinde, headstrong Brünnhilde and mighty, tortured Wotan, determined Fricka and vengeful Hunding. Wagner's music drama burns itself on our memories, exciting us with the emotional intensity of its lyrical outbursts and its incredible power and majesty.
Who doesn't long to be young again? It happens for the aging philosopher Faust — he sells his soul to the devil and, in exchange, is transformed into a dashing young man. He falls in love with the innocent Marguerite, with disastrous consequences. Charles Gounod's masterpiece has been one of the world's most popular operas for more than 150 years. You'll know why when you hear the score, which simply bursts with memorable music. Marguerite's Jewel Song, the Soldiers' Chorus, the spectacular final trio — these and much more make Faust a sublime experience for young and old alike.
Of all opera composers, none glorified the human voice more than Vincenzo Bellini. His final opera was I Puritani, in which a soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass can truly revel in some of the most thrilling vocal music ever written. Opera companies produce this work only when they can cast fabulous singers with masterful techniques and superb style. Bellini places them within a sweeping historical drama in 17th-century England, in which a passionate young couple find themselves caught up in a conflict between opposing political factions.
For sheer transcendent beauty, Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers has few rivals in the entire repertoire. The opera's famed duet for tenor and baritone is a soaring melody that has turned countless opera newcomers into ecstatic fans. Bizet (who composed this work 12 years before Carmen) transports us to Ceylon, where two devoted friends find themselves in love with the same woman, an entrancingly beautiful priestess, Leïla. From its leading men and leading lady, The Pearl Fishers demands the ultimate in vocal beauty and elegance to do justice to this sweepingly romantic drama.
Lyric is proud to present world-renowned tenor Piotr Beczała, one of the most sought-after artists of our time, in an intimate recital of opera and song at the Lyric Opera House.
Following his overwhelming Lyric success in both his debut in the title role in Faust and as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, this is a thrilling opportunity to bask in the sound of a voice that has been praised as "elegant and impassioned" by the New York Times. He's a frequent leading man at international opera houses from New York to Vienna — but there's only one place to see him in Chicago this season!
Turandot, Giacomo Puccini's final opera and one of the biggest blockbusters in the repertoire, transports us to a fantasy of ancient China. There the regal, forbidding Princess Turandot poses three riddles to each prince who wishes to win her — but anyone who fails to answer correctly is executed. Prince Calaf does answer correctly, and he declares that he's willing to die if Turandot finds out his name by dawn. The plot unfolds to music of extraordinary brilliance, including "Nessun dorma," the most popular of all Italian tenor arias!