Bel Canto the Opera from Lyric Opera of Chicago

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The world premiere production of Bel Canto the Opera — recorded at the Lyric Opera of Chicago last January — airs on Great Performances on Friday, January 13 at 9 p.m. (Check local listings).  Based on Ann Patchett ‘s bestselling 2001 novel (inspired by the Peruvian hostage crisis of 1996-97), the new opera was composed by Jimmy López with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz and curated by legendary soprano Renée Fleming, Lyric’s creative consultant, who hosts the broadcast.