April 14, 2019

This article is part of a series about Lyric Opera of Chicago audience members we orchestra players get to know and care about.

Last Fall I was drawn to a quiet woman I’d seen three days in a row taking her break in the unusually pleasant October afternoons on Wacker Dr...

February 22, 2019

A romantic story that has been passed down in my family is that my grandfather proposed to my grandmother during the 2nd intermission of Madama Butterfly.  This was Chicago in the early 1920’s, and the opera company at the time was named The Chicago Grand Opera Co...

December 8, 2018

Carl Grapentine, long-time host of WFMT’s morning program, closed his farewell broadcast July 27, 2018, with opera — the intensely moving trio from Der Rosenkavalier.  I suspect WFMT listeners shed some tears, as I did.  The program was peppered with heartfelt retireme...

April 9, 2018

We’re thrilled to be among six world-class opera orchestras nominated “Best Opera Orchestra,” by the International Opera Awards.  We are alongside Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Bayreuth Festival, Deutsche Oper, MusicAeterna, and Teatro alla Scala. 

While opera com...

November 1, 2016

Roger Pines has spent his entire professional life in opera, including the past 21 years at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where his title is dramaturg*. “Opera speaks to me as nothing else does,” he says. “I’ve always felt that way. When I hear a great opera performance, I’m...

February 7, 2016

The first week back after the holiday break this season began with a PBS-recorded performance of Lyric Opera’s world premiere, Bel Canto, by Jimmy Lopez - to be aired on the “Great Performances” series later this year - followed by a rehearsal and performance with the...

September 25, 2015

What makes Bill Denton, principal trumpet, exceptional in the Lyric Opera Orchestra? Naturally, his outstanding trumpet playing, but in addition, the unusual path he took to get to Lyric.  

Bill holds music degrees from Kansas, Arizona, and South Carolina, and his...

August 1, 2015

If you look into the orchestra pit and take note of the strange contortions into which we twist to play our various instruments, you will not find it surprising that many professional musicians suffer from chronic pain. Flutists pull back the left wrist; trombonists, t...

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