What do you do as a string player when raising your right arm causes searing pain from the shoulder to the elbow after playing a Bellini opera with pages of tremolo, or how about chronic low back pain from sitting in an awkward position for many hours at a time (think...

It’s spring - finally! Everything’s gorgeous and in bloom, the birds are singing. Yes, finally it’s spring! At least, everywhere but Chicago. We celebrated Passover/Easter with a balmy 38 degrees (and a low of 26. Hahaha this is just too much, I mean COME ON CHICAGO!!!...

April 20, 2018

17 musicians, mostly members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, performed in a Lyric Unlimited  production of Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers at the Athenaeum Theater last month. Spears’ remarkable score combined the melismatic style of troubadour singing with minimalist r...

April 17, 2018

On March 5, Lyric members Samuel Hamzen (left) and Neil Kimel (right) performed horn duets at the Norwood Crossing senior living facility in Chicago. Longtime Lyric donors Judith and Merrill Blau, center, helped organize and facilitate this concert. Thanks to them for...

April 13, 2018

Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra members joined forces with members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus and Stage Managers on March 20 to volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Although we work together on a daily basis to create intricately intertwined operatic...

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...

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