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‘Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park’ Presents Ana María Martínez, Mariusz Kwiecien, Andriana Chuchman and Other Vocal Superstars

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Aug 30, 2014 12:20 AM EDT | Louise Burton ( l.burton@classicalite.com)

‘Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park’ Presents Ana María Martínez, Mariusz Kwiecien, Andriana Chuchman and Other Vocal Superstars

Star soprano Ana María Martínez, who sang at the finals of the World Cup earlier this summer, will sing at Lyric Opera's annual free concert at Millennium Park on September 6. She will be joined by Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who will portray Don Giovanni in Lyric's production of the famous Mozart opera later this September. (Photo : Tom Specht / Mikolaj Mikolajczyk)

Lyric Opera of Chicago's annual "Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park" concert is a golden opportunity to hear a preview of Lyric's upcoming 2014-15 season, as well as operatic gems from seasons past. This year's free concert will take place in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday, September 6 at 7:30 pm.

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The program begins with Wagner's overture to Tannhäuser, and continues with more highlights from the upcoming season, all conducted by music director Sir Andrew Davis: the Act One finale of Puccini's Tosca, featuring baritone Mark Delavan and tenor John Irvin; and the final scene of Mozart's Don Giovanni with baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, sopranos Marina Rebeka and Ana María Martínez, and bass Andrea Silvestrelli, among other star soloists.

Lyric's full production of Don Giovanni will begin on September 27 at the Civic Opera House, and Tosca is scheduled to begin its run on January 24, 2015.

The Millennium Park program also includes the entire third act of Verdi's Rigoletto, with Mark Delavan as Rigoletto, Marina Rebeka as Gilda, and Antonio Poli as the Duke. The Lyric Opera Chorus will sing famous opera choruses including "Patria oppressa" from Verdi's Macbeth.

"Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park" will also be broadcast live on 98.7 WFMT and at wfmt.com.

During the performance, audience members with mobile devices will have access to subtitles at lyricoperalive.org, so those seated on the lawn (or listening to the broadcast on wfmt.com around the world) will be able to see line-by-line translations in real time.

Also on September 6, Lyric Opera will hold a costume sale in the Rice Grand Foyer of the Civic Opera House that is open to the public. More than 3,000 costume pieces will be on sale from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Admission to the sale is free, with a suggested donation of $5.

For more information about "Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park" or the costume sale, please visit lyricopera.org.

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