November 6, 2019

Part I
By Channing Philbrick, trumpet


When you are a member of the Lyric Opera trumpet section you are one of three players. Every time you come to work you are sitting next to and working closely with the same people. I can honestly say that it was a real privilege to...

November 4, 2019

The Chicago area musical community has lost a dear friend and treasured colleague. Matt Mantell, violist, lost his battle with cancer on September 28.

Matt was one of the hardest working people you can imagine. He was Principal Viola in both the Elgin Symphony and Ill...

November 2, 2019

 Emmy!

When Lyric Opera Orchestra violinist Peter Labella and his wife, horn player and frequent Lyric sub Melanie Cottle, discovered 3 kittens in their tool shed, they knew the stray mom might not return if they allowed their curious grandchildren to play with them. De...

October 31, 2019

Cellist William Cernota and

Chicago Federation of Musicians President Terryl Jares

On October 11, Chicago Lyric Opera musicians joined members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to receive a 2019 Bold Worker Justice Award from Chicago’s Grassroots Collaborative at the 201...

October 29, 2019

Our own Paul Dwyer spent some of his off-season in the recording studio, and just released the first installment of the complete cello suites by J.S. Bach: ODDS, Suites 1, 3 and 5. If you're interested in having a listen, go here: https://ampl.ink/dpl15. For old-school...

October 27, 2019

Assistant Principal Flute Dionne Jackson's most recent cd is Parisian Inspirations. We have some exceptionally talented colleagues in The Lyric Opera Orchestra - brava Dionne! 

October 25, 2019

Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg 

One of the first things that happened this season, even before we got started rehearsing, was an audition for the position of Assistant Principal Oboe/English Horn. Our hard-working audition committee heard close to 50 highly qualified and...

October 23, 2019

Maestro Mazzola has been a favorite at Lyric since his first turn at the podium in the 2016/17 season for Donitzetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. He's conducting Verdi's Luisa Miller with us now, and we're thrilled he'll be in the driver's seat starting with the 2021/22 seas...

October 21, 2019

It gets pretty fancy around the Opera House on opening night. Our intrepid photographers got some photos of arriving audience members before scurrying back to the pit to play The Barber of Seville

 Neil Kimel arrives ready to power down on some opening night French ho...

October 19, 2019

That's right! After 6 months away from the Opera House, it's good to get back and reacquainted with everyone in the pit. Some of our orchestra peeps stay in Chicago, others travel to their summer jobs, (and a few make recordings, which you can read about further down),...

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