Chicago Lyric to Resume Taping Performances

Classic Arts News   Chicago Lyric to Resume Taping Performances
The Lyric Opera of Chicago, which stopped taping its performances in January, has reached an agreement with musicians to being recording again for possible future broadcast. Performances at least through the end of the year, including the company's 50th-anniversary gala on October 30, will be archived.

The Lyric's broadcasts on Chicago's WFMT were syndicated around the country from 1976 through 2002, when sponsors withdrew their support.

The company credited its orchestra and the American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents singers, dancers, actors, and stage managers, with relaunching the archiving project. "The Lyric Opera Orchestra is proud to have initiated a return to recording," said William Cernota, a representative for the orchestra musicians, in a statement. "[We] hope this leads to a renewal of the company's broadcasts on WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network."

The Lyric continues to seek funds to resume broadcasting, which would cost about $750,000 per season.

"Needless to say, I am thrilled that we are archiving again," said general director William Mason. "Together with WFMT, Lyric Opera is hopeful that we will be able to find funding for broadcasting, by far our most important outreach activity."

"We don't know how much money we can raise for the broadcasts," he added, "but it is time to try again."

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