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Social media is the best way to connect with your fellow opera fans and lovers of Lyric. Do you follow Lyric on Facebook and Twitter? If not you're missing out on some great conversations—and maybe even a flash sale or two! Here's a look at some recent social media highlights, including some chatter about some of Lyric's upcoming fall events.

Social media is the best way to connect with your fellow opera fans and lovers of Lyric. Do you follow Lyric on Facebook and Twitter? If not you're missing out on some great conversations—and maybe even a flash sale or two!

Here's a look at some recent social media highlights, including some chatter about some of Lyric's upcoming fall events. 

 

The “Stars” are aligning September 6

Can't wait for this year's free Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert? Here are a few tips and tricks to make this evening of opera enjoyable. Be there early on Saturday, September 6 to hold your place on the lawn before concert time of 7:30pm.

Can't wait for this year's free Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert? It's the official kickoff to Lyric's Diamond Anniversary Season and part of Millennium Park's 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration, so this is the perfect night to hear opera under the stars. Here are a few tips and tricks to make this evening memorable. 

Arrive fashionably early

We recommend coming downtown early on Saturday, September 6 to hold your perfect place on the lawn before concert time of 7:30pm. This year there will be pre-concert entertainment provided by members of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America between 6:45 and 7:10pm. If you're looking for a seat in the pavilion, it opens up at 6pm—and they go fast!

Don't forget your phone 

This year, you'll be able to follow along with all of the English translations at lyricoperalive.org. There will be titles in real time, a link to the entire program to peruse at your leisure, and even a contest to win tickets for next season. And of course you'll need your phone to take that perfect selfie so you can show off your perfect "night at the opera under the stars" pic on social media! Use #LyricStars to connect with fellow opera lovers. No matter how you use it, your mobile is a must-have this year.

A good picnic is essential 

Whether you're making everything from scratch or picking up nibbles from Mariano's, Jewel, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, or even ordering a picnic from Pastoral, it always pays off to come early and bring a wonderful spread for friends.

Love is in the air 

During last year's concert, there was a wedding proposal on the lawn (evidence below)! An evening of opera under the stars is the ideal setting to show your special someone you care.

Babies love opera 

Bring your kids! Millennium Park is a great way to get children of all ages to listen to opera with plenty of park to enjoy.

Costumes are encouraged 

Here's an enthusiastic audience member sporting his best Brünnhilde headgear. You can hit up Lyric's Costume Sale earlier in the day to get some fabulous threads to show off at the evening's concert. September 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Civic Opera House—be there or be square!

And the music will be amazing 

This year's program features some of the stars from the upcoming season, including the incredible cast of the season-opening Don Giovanni and singers from the  Ryan Opera Center. Lyric's music director Sir Andrew Davis leads the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus in all of their musical splendor. 

Looking for a preview? Here are just some of the selections you will hear on September 6.

"Te Deum" Finale from Tosca (Metropolitan Opera, 2010)

 

Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture (Christian Thielemann conducts the Munich Philharmonic)

 

"Patria oppressa" from Verdi's Macbeth (Gran Teatre del Liceu, 2005)

 

Photos credit Robert Kusel / Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

(Lyric Opera of Chicago does not own copyrights to any of the above videos.)

Download the program for Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park

Feeling in the dark at Millennium Park? Download the program with plot summaries, singer bios, and English translations!

Feeling in the dark at Millennium Park? Download tonight's program with plot summaries, singer bios, and English translations!

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Get social with us at Saturday's Millennium Park concert and win opera tickets

Are you surfing social media while picnicking at Millennium Park? Get social with us and win tickets to Lyric’s upcoming season!

Facebook fans: You can participate, too! Follow Lyric Opera of Chicago on Facebook and watch for our “enter to win” posts, live from Millennium Park on Saturday evening.

Are you surfing social media while picnicking at Millennium Park? Get social with us and win tickets to Lyric’s upcoming season!

Facebook fans: You can participate, too! Follow Lyric Opera of Chicago on Facebook and watch for our “enter to win” posts, live from Millennium Park on Saturday evening.

"Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park" General Information

What: Lyric Opera’s annual FREE musical gift to the City of Chicago

Who: Stars of the company in beloved arias plus the renowned Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus in orchestral and choral showpieces. Hear Ana María Martínez in selections from Madama Butterfly, Albina Shagimuratova in the famous “Mad Scene” from Lucia di Lammermoor, and more! Ward Stare conducts.

When: 7:30pm, Saturday, September 7, 2013

Where: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park. Come early and picnic in the Great Lawn! Pavilion seating is first-come, first-served, and opens at 6pm.

The concert will take place, rain or shine! In the event of severe weather, please watch Lyric Opera of Chicago’s social media channels for updates.

Can't make it to the park? Listen live on 98.7WFMT or wfmt.com! Broadcast starts at 7:15pm CDT.

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