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Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2016-2017 Season

Opera fans rejoice! Lyric Opera of Chicago has released its 2016-2017 season. Nine productions will be staged in the company’s 62nd season, captivating audiences with a balance of well-known and new works.

The season begins with "Das Rheingold," (Oct. 1-22, 2016) the prologue to operatic tetralogy “Der Ring des Nibelungen” (The Ring of the Nibelung). Lyric previously announced its plans to produce all four epic operas by the German composer Richard Wagner through 2019/2020. The extensive work revolves around gods, heroes and mythical creatures seeking a ring that can control the world.

A majority of the 2016-2017 will feature “new to the Lyric” productions including, “Lucia di Lammermoor,” featuring soprano Albina Shagimuratova as the fragile Lucia (Oct. 15-Nov. 6, 2016); Massenet’s “Don Quichotte,” staring acclaimed Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the famous dreamer Don Quichotte (Nov. 19–Dec. 7, 2016); Bellini’s “Norma,” featuring Sondra Radvanovsky as the high Priestess of the Druids (Jan. 28-Feb. 25, 2016); and Bizet’s “Carmen,” the title role double-cast with mezzo Ekaterina Gubanova and mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili (Feb. 11-March 25, 2017).

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (Dec. 10, 2016-Jan. 27, 2017) and Berlioz’s “Les Troyens” (Nov. 13-Dec. 3, 2016) bring all new versions of these classics to the stage. While “Eugene Onegin” (Feb. 26, 2017-March 17, 2017) will return to the Lyric Opera stage eight years after it was originally presented.

The season ends with Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical “My Fair Lady” (April 28–May 21, 2017), the fifth production in the Lyric's American musical initiative.

Subscriptions for the 2016-2017 seasons will go on sale February 1, 2016. For more information call 312-827-5600 or visit www.lyricopera.org.

Cover Photo: Bel Canto now playing at Lyric Opera 

Location: Lyric Opera of Chicago

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