Renée Fleming, J’Nai Bridges, Lawrence Brownlee & Joshua Guerrero Headline Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2022-23 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced its 2022-23 season featuring two newly-commissioned world premieres, three premieres of works never before seen on Lyric’s stage, and a host of classic favorites.

Here is a look.

Russell Thomas sings the title role in Verdi’s “Ernani.” He is joined by Tamara Wilson, Quinn Kelsey, and Christian Van Horn. Enrique Mazzola conducts the production by Louisa Muller.

Performance Dates: Sept. 9-Oct. 1, 2022

Barrie Kosky directs a new production of “Fiddler on the Roof” which has its Chicago premiere. Kimberly Grigsby conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 17, Oct. 7, 2022

Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry join forces for the Chicago premiere of “The Brightness of Light,” composed by Kevin Puts and based on letters between legendary painter Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, the world-renowned photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

Performance Date: Oct. 8, 2022

Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Clementine Margaine, Joshua Guerrero, Igor Golovatenko, Dmitry Belosselskiy, and Solomon Howard star in Verdi’s “Don Carlos.” Enrique Mazzola conducts the new production by Sir David McVicar.

Performance Dates: Nov. 9-25, 2022

Lawrence Brownlee, Kathryn Lewek, and Joshua Hopkins star in Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory” with Enrique Mazzola conducting and Bartlett Sher directing.

Performance Dates: Nov. 13-26, 2022

Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” will be revived in Richard Jones’ production and will star Samantha Hankey, Heidi Stober, and Michaela Martens. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

Performance Dates: Jan. 25-Feb. 5, 2023

Will Liverman and King Rico team up for the world premiere of their opera “The Factotum” with Kedrick Armstrong conducting.

Performance Dates: Feb. 3-12, 2023

J’Nai Bridges, Charles Castronovo, Golda Schultz, and Andrei Kymach star in Bizet’s “Carmen” with Henrik Nánási conducting.

Performance Dates: March 11, 2023 – April 7, 2023

Proximity” will make its world premiere and will feature a trio of new works that confront head-on some of the greatest challenges affecting us as a society. Works will be by Daniel Bernard Roumain and Anna Deavere Smith, Caroline Shaw and Jocelyn Clarke, and John Luther Adams and John Haines. Yuval Sharon directs with Renée Fleming acting as curator. Featured artists will include Talise Trevigne, Zoie Reams, John Holiday, and Lucia Lucas.

Performance Dates: March 24-April 8, 2023

The season concludes with “West Side Story” in a production by Francesca Zambello.

Performance Dates: June 2-25, 2023