Renée Fleming | Lyric wants opera for everyone

Chicago Sun Times

9 September 2011

Lyric wants opera for everyone

Lyric wants opera for everyone

By Andrew Patner | View PDF

When Lyric Opera of Chicago announced in December that the world’s starriest diva would be joining its artistic team as creative consultant, the company emphasized that this was to be the “Renee Fleming Initiative.”

A few months later, when Anthony Freud was un­veiled as Lyric’s general director designate, there was talk of a new era now that the 57-year-old company had recruited its first-ever leader from outside the Civic Opera House.

In the first in a set of moves that flesh out the meaning of “new era,” it’s clear that Lyric’s donors have put their money where their hopes are.

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