The Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of our area's greatest cultural institutions and it is currently part way through its 2013/14 season. November performances include Wagner's Parsifal and Verdi's La Traviata. Among the excellent resources created by the Lyric in conjunction with this season is a series of commentaries free to stream or download from their web site. These commentaries feature a quick plot synopsis, musical highlights and information and anecdotes surrounding the history of each opera.
Here are links to all the library's copies of this season's operas on both cd and dvd.
1. Otello by Guiseppe Verdi
2. Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
3. Parsifal by Richard Wagner
4. La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
5. Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss Jr.
6. Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini
7. Rusalka by Antonin Dvorák
8. La Clemenza di Tito by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart