Renée Fleming, Ailyn Pérez, J’Nai Bridges Highlight Lyric Opera Special Season Opening Concert

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credits: Decca-Timothy White/ Chris Singer/ © S. Richards Photography 2016)

Lyric Opera of Chicago will open the company’s redesigned fall season with a virtual concert on Sunday, September 13, 2020.

“Lyric’s Opening Night Opera Ball has long been a signature project of Lyric’s Women Board,” Lyric’s General Director, President and CEO Anthony Freud stated. “Even before we began to imagine the extent of public-health limits  on events and performances, the Women’s Board was hard at work rethinking what our season-opening event could and should be. Now, with further evolution and much hard work, we are proud to present ‘For The Love of Lyric’ – a very special concert presentation available to the largest possible audience via streaming,” Freud further elaborated.

Famed soprano Renée Fleming will team up with special guests for an evening of music-making. Performances from the Lyric Opera’s mainstage will spotlight soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, bass Soloman Howard, and singer, songwriter, and actress Heather Headley. Doug Peck will serve as the Music Director.

Members of the The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble and members of the Chicago Children’s Choir will also perform.

“‘For The Love of Lyric concert” will be available for free viewing on the company’s official website on September 13, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. CDT.

Lyric Opera of Chicago was forced to cancel performances in the Lyric Opera House from September to December in Lyric’s 2020-21 Season, due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19.