We launch our weekly Lyric Opera of Chicago 2012-2013 season encore broadcast series today at the special time of 1:30 p.m. (Normal start time is 12 noon.) The season-opening presentation of Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra," one of the composer's great, dark, dramatic achievements with superb performances by Thomas Hampson, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Frank Lopardo, and Ryan Center alum Quinn Kelsey. Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Then Larry Johnson begins his Wagner 200 tribute on "Arias and Songs" from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Enjoy!