Russell Thomas & Tamara Wilson Headline Lyric Opera of Chicago’s ‘Verdi Voices’

By David Salazar

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced its “Verdi Voices” concert set for Feb. 6, 2022.

The showcase, which will be led by conductor and new company Music Director Enrique Mazzola, will star soprano Tamara Wilson and tenor Russell Thomas as they take on major moments from Verdi’s iconic canon of operas. Audiences will get a chance to hear music from “La Forza del Destino,” “La Traviata,” “Nabucco,” “Simon Boccanegra,” “Ernani,” “Aida,” and “Otello.”

Wilson made her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in “Il Trovatore” and recently took on the role of Odabella in a performance of “Attila.” Meanwhile, Thomas made his name with the company as Manrico in “Il Trovatore” during the 2018-19 season.

Mazzola kicked off his tenure with the company with a production of Verdi’s “Macbeth” and previously led “Luisa Miller” during the 2019-20 season. He also featured Verdi in many of his programs during the digital 2020-21 season including “The Great Verdi Chorus Showdown” and “Attila: Breaking Down the Score.”