Stars of Lyric Opera with Renee Fleming, Matthew Polenzani, James Morris, Anna Christy, and others | Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park | Classical | Chicago Reader

Stars of Lyric Opera with Renee Fleming, Matthew Polenzani, James Morris, Anna Christy, and others All Ages Free Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. 2011

"Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park," the company's 11th annual free preseason concert, includes previews of upcoming events at the opera house, sung by a half dozen of the international divas and divos soon to be appearing there—plus a roster of up-and-comers from Lyric's training program, the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. This year it'll be headlined by Lyric's creative consultant and resident marquee attraction, soprano Renee Fleming, and will also feature tenor Matthew Polenzani, bass-baritone James Morris, and sopranos Anna Christy and Susanna Phillips, in a program divided between Italian and French works and conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. Among the many pleasures of these events: a parade of drop-dead evening gowns, pacing to please the Twitter set, and the fun to be had from the inevitable comparisons. In years past, the pups from the training center have bested the pros often enough to keep things interesting. —Deanna Isaacs

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