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CHICAGO (12/1/19) — The brilliant American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky triumphed in a semi-staged concert at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Sunday, December 1. The enraptured audience was captivated by her thrilling debut performance of “The Three Queens,” comprising the finales of three bel canto operas by Gaetano Donizetti: Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Roberto Devereux.

The Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus were led by Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza, a celebrated bel canto specialist. The noted director Matthew Ozawa presided over the semi-staged performance, and Lyric’s chorus master Michael Black prepared the choral ensemble. The following artists from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center portrayed several supporting roles: mezzo-soprano Kathleen Felty, contralto Lauren Decker, tenors Eric Ferring and Mario Rojas, baritones Christopher Kenney and Ricardo José Rivera, bass-baritone David Weigel, and bass Anthony Reed.

American designer Rubin Singer created three breathtakingly distinctive gowns fit for the characters of the three queens, collaborating with jewelry designer and philanthropist Ann Ziff, who underwrote the creation of the gowns. Radvanovsky’s jewelry for the performances is by Ann Ziff for Tamsen Z.

Please note that Ms. Radvanovsky is wearing jewelry by Ann Ziff for Tamsen Z. in these images, which were taken on Nov. 29 during the dress rehearsal. For the Dec. 1 premiere Ms. Radvanovsky wore jewelry by Ann Ziff for Tamsen Z that was specially selected to complement each of the gowns created by designer Rubin Singer.

You can view Lyric’s “The Three Queens” program book here.
Remaining performance dates for “The Three Queens” are December 4 at 7pm and December 7 at 7:30pm.

For tickets and information call 312-827-5600 or go to lyricopera.org/threequeens.

Estimated running time is 2 hours 5 minutes, including one 30-minute intermission.


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