Sonic Illinois: The Rape of Lucretia

Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Ronald Duncan, based on André Obey’s play Le Viol de Lucrèce
Julie Jordan Gunn, conductor
Kirsten Pullen, director

It’s a tale as old as time. In Benjamin Britten’s 1946 chamber opera set in ancient Rome, a woman is a pawn in a power struggle between men and pays the ultimate price. Department of Theatre Head Kirsten Pullen and Lyric Theatre Co-Director Julie Gunn lead a female production team to explore how sexual violence resonates across the centuries.

Sung in English
Contains adult content



“A Grand Night for Singing” at the Allerton Mansion

MARCH 7TH AND 8TH: Lyric Theatre @ Illinois presents “A Grand Night for Singing”, an intimate night of dinner, theatre, and song at the Allerton Mansion. Featuring masterpieces from the era of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this sparkling night celebrates the golden age of musical theatre, and is sure to delight and enchant.

Dinner starts at 6pm. Seating is limited.

Wigmore Hall Presents: Nathan and Julie Gunn in Concert

The American baritone Nathan Gunn and pianist Julie Gunn propose a varied programme of poetic and musical voices from Carnegie Hall to Tin Pan Alley via Broadway.




Crazy for You

Music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig
Sarah Wigley, director

“It is heaven on earth. Everything an American musical comedy should be.” That’s how The New Yorker describes Tony Award-winning Crazy for You, the story of young, rich Bobby Child, sent from New York City to Deadrock, Nevada, in the height of the 1930s Depression to foreclose on a broken-down theatre. Bobby meets Polly Baker, spunky daughter of the theatre owner, and the rest is . . . singing, dancing, romance, and laughter! This endearing, vivacious show features unforgettable songs from American music masters George and Ira Gershwin, including “Shall We Dance,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and more.



Lyric Studio/Lyric Scenes

Join us Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30pm in the Tryon Festival Theatre for our semester presentations of Lyric Studio and Lyric Scenes. Taught by Sarah Wigley and Michael Tilley, Lyric Studio presents “Tin Pan Alley and Bel Canto Opera” featuring scenes from the beloved musicals of the 1920’s and 30s and bel canto opera favorites. Directly following will be Lyric Scenes, music directed by Dr. Julie Gunn. Lyric Scenes will present an evening of opera scenes ranging from Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites to Rossini’s Barber of Seville and will culminate in a performance of Elizabeth Gartman and Susan Bywater’s new opera, The New Motive Power.