Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its doors to the public as part of Chicago Architecture Foundation’s free Open House Chicago, October 19-20.

Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its doors to the public as part of Chicago Architecture Foundation’s free Open House Chicago, October 19-20.

Get a soprano’s-eye view from the stage!
Art-Deco lobby, foyer, and theater of the Civic Opera House accessible Saturday, October 19, 
9am–2pm and Sunday, October 209am–5pm. 

Brief onstage vocal performances hourly on Saturday between 10am and 1pm.

Lyric Opera of Chicago will open the doors to the Civic Opera House October 19-20 for free public viewing as part of The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago. Visitors will have access to the stunning Rice Grand Foyer and Ardis Krainik Theatre, and will have the opportunity to stand onstage for a soprano’s-eye view!

On Saturday, guests may also experience live vocal performances with piano accompaniment. At 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm, ensemble members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center of Lyric Opera of Chicago will perform in the auditorium of the Civic Opera House, which opened in 1929 and is noted for its beautiful Art-Deco décor. 

Lyric Opera of Chicago is among the 150 sites featured during Open House Chicago, a free public festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago for one weekend annually. 

This is a project of Lyric Unlimited, a long-term, evolving initiative that encompasses company activities outside of Lyric’s mainstage season. Lyric Unlimited offers a multifaceted program of community engagement and artistic initiatives and includes Lyric's longstanding education programs. 

For more information: openhousechicago.org.

Follow Lyric on Twitter @LyricOpera. #OHC2013. 

Saturday visitors to the Civic Opera House will have the added option of seeing Lyric’s annual OPERATHON fundraiser being broadcast live on 98.7WFMT from the street-level Pedersen Room restaurant at the Civic Opera House.