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Bringing Up The Lights

Bringing Up The Lights

The story of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2021 production of Macbeth and their return to the stage after eighteen months due to the COVID pandemic.

Recent Episodes

Beginning The Rehearsal Process

Oct. 18, 2021

Lyric Opera of Chicago has finally reached the point where actors will actually take the stage and start working. That’s where Ben Bell Bern and the Rehearsal Department come into the picture and make sure everyone is where …

Creating Sets Is A World-Wide Effort

Oct. 11, 2021

Michael Smallwood, Technical Director for the Lyric Opera of Chicago talked about his piece of the production puzzle and the Herculean effort involved in creating sets for a production like Macbeth Bringing Up The Lights is …

The Ambassador Between the Audience and the Stage

Oct. 4, 2021

Verdi’s Macbeth is not only Lyric Opera of Chicago’s comeback from COVID, but it also marks the official start of Enrique Mazzola's tenure as Music Director. It’s a position that is critical to the success of any production,…

The Chorus Provides The Emotional Push

Sept. 27, 2021

Now that the Lyric Opera has decided on Macbeth as their production for September 2021 and they've finished casting (and re-casted), now it's time to bring in the people who will inhabit the world of Macbeth. That's where Mi…

Casting Macbeth… Three Times

Sept. 20, 2021

Now that Lyric Opera has decided on bringing Macbeth to the stage in September 2021, it’s time to figure out who will be on that stage. That’s where Andreas Melinat the Vice President of Artistic Planning comes into the pict…

Planning In Operaland Is A Four Year Process

Sept. 13, 2021

Anthony Freud followed a long and winding path to become the General Director at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Planning a production at Lyric is a path that's just as long and winding, and it all starts in Anthony's office.