December 27, 2019

The veil fabric from one of Sondra Radvanovsky’s Three Queens gowns, the pistol used to murder the Commendatore in Don Giovanni , the manacles used to restrain convict Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking, a reed from Principal Clarinetist Charlene Zimmerman’s clarinet...

December 23, 2019

Our group volunteer repack session at the Greater Chicago Food Depository this year included members of Lyric Opera’s administrative staff in addition to Lyric Opera Orchestra members, Chorus members, and Stage Managers. With hair and beard nets in place (because we're...

December 19, 2019

It gives us great joy to join our wonderful Lyric Opera Stage Artist colleagues to give back to our community. Bringing holiday cheer and favorite seasonal music to local nursing home residents has become a cherished tradition. Most of the residents we perform for can...

November 2, 2019


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...

September 9, 2018

After the curtain falls on Lyric Opera's season, orchestra members pursue other activities - some musical, some not. I spend my summers performing with the Santa Fe Opera where this season included Dr. Atomic, an opera by American composer John Adams with direction and...

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