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Lyric Opera Lecture Series

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Welcome to the 2015/2016 Season

7-8:30 PM • Multipurpose Room

Registration Required

Please note: Lyric Opera of Chicago is no longer sponsoring lecture workshops for libraries. The 2015/16 lectures will be moderated by former Lyric Opera docents.
The Marriage of Figaro
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Thursday, September 3

Resourceful Figaro, the count’s valet, and Susanna, the countess’s maid, are desperate to marry, but the count has designs on Susanna himself even though he has his own wife.

Cinderella
by Gioacchino Rossini

Thursday, October 1

Cinderella is dressed in rags and destined to toil away for her nasty stepsisters and horrible stepfather, who is scheming to convince the Prince to marry one of his “real” daughters. There is a “happily-ever-after” for Cinderella.

The Merry Widow
by Franz Lehar

Wednesday, November 4

Beautiful Hanna Glawari is a very rich widow, whose homeland’s entire economy rests on her marrying a “local” instead of a Frenchman. The ambassador springs into action, determined to save his country by convincing his attaché, the dashing playboy Count Danillo (who is an old flame), to make Hanna his bride.

Nabucco
by Giuseppe Verdi

Thursday, January 7

A love triangle is represented by the Hebrew priest Zaccaria, who is battling to lead his people from oppression; Nabucco, the Babylonian king; and Nabucco’s adopted daughter Abigaille, who will stop at nothing to get her father’s throne and her sister’s lover.

Der Rosenkavalier
by Richard Strauss

Thursday, January 21

Can Marschallin find lasting happiness with her lover Octavian, a man half her age? Does the Baron really think his position guarantees that young Sophie will be his wife? It is anybody’s guess when Sophie receives an engagement rose from the Baron, delivered by Octavian.

Romeo and Juliet
by Charles Gounod

Thursday, February 11

Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, come from families who have hated each other for centuries. When Romeo meets Juliet, they instantly fall in love and are secretly married. Their lives are doomed and they die tragically in each other’s arms.

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