American Opera Radio Series

Saturday 7:00 p.m.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago

August - September 2017

Kicking off the nine-opera series, and launching Lyric’s much-anticipated new Ring cycle, is Das Rheingold – withcaptivating performances by Eric Owens, Samuel Youn, and Štefan Margita. In the breathtaking bel canto of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, you will hear the thrilling Albina Shagimuratova (title role) opposite Piotr Beczała’s celebrated Edgardo (compared to Luciano Pavarotti by one critic). A trio of French favorites are featured: Berlioz’s mighty Les Troyens, starring powerhouse artists Susan Graham, Brandon Jovanovich, and Christine Goerke; Massenet’s Don Quichotte starring the incomparable Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Bizet’s ever-popular Carmen. Also in store is Mozart’s delightful The Magic Flute, featuring Kathryn Lewek’s stratospheric Queen of the Night. Don’t miss Ana María Martínez’s role debut as Tatiana opposite Mariusz Kwiecień in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – followed by a special encore broadcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni from Lyric’s 60th anniversary season, starring Kwiecień in the title role, Martínez as Donna Elvira, and Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna.

August 5, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

OPERA:                             THE MAGIC FLUTE

COMPOSER:                         Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Original Libretto by:               Emanuel Schikaneder


Pamina:                                   Christiane Karg

Tamino:                                   Matthew Polenzani

Papageno:                               Adam Plachetka

Queen of the Night:                Kathryn Lewek

Sarastro:                                  Christof Fischesser

Papagena:                                Diana Newman

Speaker:                                  David Govertsen

CONDUCTOR:                      Rory Macdonald

DIRECTOR:                           Neil Armfield

CHORUS:                               Lyric Opera Chorus

CHORUS MASTER:              Michael Black