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Behind-the-scenes interviews from Lyric Opera of Chicago

    Backstage at Lyric #133 -- Discovery Series: Parsifal

    Backstage at Lyric #133 -- Discovery Series: Parsifal

    Parsifal is an enigmatic work by the greatest of all German opera composers. Hear John Caird, the director of this new production, set designer Johan Engels, and Lyric Opera dramaturg Roger Pines discuss Wagner’s last opera.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Backstage at Lyric #132 -- Discovery Series: Otello

    Backstage at Lyric #132 -- Discovery Series: Otello

    Shakespeare’s searing drama is made more intense by Verdi’s music. Enjoy this discussion with Johan Botha (Otello), Ana María Martínez (Desdemona), and conductor Bertrand de Billy. Moderated by dramaturg Roger Pines.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Backstage at Lyric #131 -- Discovery Series: Rigoletto

    Backstage at Lyric #131 -- Discovery Series: Rigoletto

    One of Verdi's defining operas, Rigoletto is a fountain of memorable melodies, while its suject matter involves moral depravity, licentiousness, and plenty of emotional devastation. Be there when Giuseppe Filianoti (the Duke of Mantua), conductor Evan Rogister, and director Stephen Barlow delve into this Verdi favorite.

    • 1 hr
    Backstage at Lyric #130 -- Discovery Series: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

    Backstage at Lyric #130 -- Discovery Series: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

    Twenty-four hours in 18th-century Nürnberg on the longest day of the year. That's the when and where of Wagner's comedy. But there is much more-after all, it's Wagner! Join James Morris, Johan Botha, Bo Skovhus, Sir Andrew Davis, and director Marie Lambert as they discuss the opera that Paderewski called "the greatest work of genius ever achieved by any artist in any field of human endeavor."

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Backstage at Lyric #129 -- Discovery Series: La Bohème

    Backstage at Lyric #129 -- Discovery Series: La Bohème

    Some people say La Bohème is a comedy with a sad ending; for others, it's a heavenly romance. Regardless of how it's viewed, it's the most popular opera of all time! Ana María Martínez (Mimì), Dimitri Pittas (Rodolfo), and conductor Emmanuel Villaume talk about this melody-filled Puccini jewel.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Backstage at Lyric #128 -- Discovery Series: Hansel and Gretel

    Backstage at Lyric #128 -- Discovery Series: Hansel and Gretel

    We all know the children's story of two kids getting lost in the woods and happening upon a witch who lives in a gingerbread house. But the opera, especially this production, goes much deeper into the characters and their motivations. Elizabeth DeShong (Hansel), Maria Kanyova (Gretel), and general director Anthony Freud give you the what's-what on this late-Romantic classic.

    • 1 hr 4 min

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