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Lyric Opera of Chicago Provides Whimsical Score for Nesting Penguins at Shedd Aquarium

The Video Depicts the Two Species of Penguins at Shedd, Which Have Begun Building Nests with Natural Materials

April 15, 2020

A group of penguins crowd around a pile of rocks, picking them up

As the penguins at Shedd Aquarium begin their annual nest-building, Lyric Opera of Chicago has stepped in to provide some truly incredible music to accompany the bustling activities. The playful music from “The Barber of Seville” pairs well with the penguins, who are busy collecting natural materials like lavender sprigs, grape vines and fig branches to build their nest.

While the aquarium is closed to the public, caretakers are onsite 24/7 taking care of the animals, including the penguins. Both species of penguins are expected to nest for the next few months, which may also result in new chicks joining the colony as early as May. Anyone interested in supporting the aquarium during closure can do so here.

Because of the global health crisis, Lyric ended its 2019/20 season early. The company is preparing for the 2020/21 season, which will open in September, and is engaging with its patrons through digital communications, website content, social media, and more in the meantime.

VISUALS: Magellanic and rockhopper penguins at Shedd collect natural nesting materials set to Figaro’s famous aria “Largo al factotum” in Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” performed by Adam Plachetka at Lyric Opera of Chicago to open the 2019/20 season last fall.

The video can be viewed and downloaded here:

Video credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Music provided by Lyric Opera of Chicago. Special thanks to the American Guild of Musical Artists and the Chicago Federation of Musicians Local 10-208 AFM