Behind-the-scenes interviews from Lyric Opera of Chicago
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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Interesting and Engaging
This podcast is very entertaining having details that engage people with experience with opera, and may draw in those with less experience. The episodes range from exploration of individual opera in the Lyric's season to interviews with artist involved in the productions. this is one my favorite podcasts and i recommend it to anyone with an interest in opera.
Discovery Series podcasts are my favorites
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This lively and engaging series of interviews with leading opera professionals gives excellent insight into the work that goes into every production and performance. Listening to this series has helped me learn to appreciate a wider range of opera, including contemporary opera. Thank you, Lyric, for making these great interviews available online!