Final Lyric Lecture

Rigoletto by Guiseppe Verdi
Wednesday, February 20
7 pm at River Forest Public Library
The Duke of Mantua is a serial seducer who is out to conquer anyone in skirts. Cheering him on is Rigoletto, the despised court jester who has no idea that his own innocent daughter could be next . or CDs and more, search the SWAN catalog.

Previous Lyric Lectures

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg by Richard Wagner
In Wagner’s only foray into comedy, great art triumphs over all in one of the most joyous and overwhelming achievements in the history of music.

La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini
This opera transports its audience to the Latin Quarters in Paris where young artists struggle to make ends meet in icy cold garrets.

Elektra by Richard Strauss
Sir Andrew Davis conducted this riveting new Sir David McVicar production featuring the Lyric debut of a new dramatic-soprano star

Simon Boccanegra by Guiseppe Verdi
Boccanaegra takes on the same challenges facing any American president - he’s striving for peace and desperately trying to get opposing sides to work together for the good of the country.

Werther by Jules Massenet
A new production of a classic French opera based on Goethe’s novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. When it comes to romances that tear at the heartstrings, this one ranks among the best.

Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti
A classic story of the well-aged and well-heeled Don Pasquale, who takes up with a younger woman in hopes of fathering his own heir.

Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
This opera is an enthralling show for all ages, and has won acclaim on two continents.

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