As part of our mission, Lyric Theatre has presented a Discovery Series of semi-staged concerts, featuring light operas that were popular during their initial runs, but have fallen into obscurity since. We have been proud to present "Babes in Toyland" and "The Serenade" by Victor Herbert, "Our Miss Gibbs" by Lionel Monckton, and "El Capitan" by John Philip Sousa, to name a few of our past productions.

For this season's Discovery concert, we're excited to begin the ongoing process of expanding our repertoire, and celebrating the contributions and influence of late-19th and early 20th Century BIPOC composers from the United States and around the world. While some names may be familiar to classical music aficionados, countless works by composers of marginalized groups have been lost to history or overlooked in this country. We are thrilled to have this opportunity not only to enjoy some amazing music, but also to share this performance with a wider audience than ever before!

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, this outdoor recording session/concert will be produced specifically for streaming in high definition, with professional audio mastering and video quality. Audiences will be able to experience performances up close, from anywhere in the world.

Performances will be recorded at an outdoor venue in summer 2021, with or without an in-person audience following all local public health guidelines.



We are seeking proposals from music directors with knowledge and interest in repertoire from 1880-1924, particularly art songs and arias by BIPOC composers in English and/or any other language.

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