For those of us who were at Lyric when “Toward the 21st Century” was announced, it was an exciting time. During a ten-year period starting in 1989, Ardis made a commitment to include two 20th-century operas each season, one American and one European, and Lyric commissi...

During one of Lyric Opera’s low periods, the early 1980s, with a bleak financial outlook and pushing back against the unending chatter that opera and classical music were musical dinosaurs melting into the permafrost, the board of directors looked within and asked Ardi...

June 21, 2018

 photo courtesy of Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago

Most of us in the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra remember Ardis Krainik as a force of nature.  She served as our General Director from 1981 until her death in 1997, and was largely responsible for a great period of growt...

June 18, 2018

Cupcake is a 15-year-old palomino paint horse, a good soul with simple needs. As long as he has tasty hay and the chance to roll in the dirt, he’s willing to tolerate being ridden a few times a week. Cupcake also loves dandelions, clover, and knowing exactly what’s goi...

June 11, 2018

Over the last few months, we have written a lot about the physical needs of musicians, with an emphasis on the special circumstances of working in a crowded orchestra pit.  Why are we spending so much time on prevention and non-traditional therapies? 

To begin wi...

One of the things we love best as musicians is to share our music in small, personal settings with our audience, where we can all see each others' faces and everyone can feel the vibrations from the instruments in their bodies.   In December we connected with Hollywood...

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