Performances for Students - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Performances for Students

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Here is a chance to give your students in grades 6-12 an unparalleled arts experience: world-class opera and musical theater at the Civic Opera House. Each season Lyric Unlimited offers an array of titles for students, allowing teachers to choose from a variety of styles, themes, settings, and languages.

For more information and to order tickets, click the titles at left. 

New! Bus Scholarships
Lyric Unlimited's Bus Scholarship program offers field trip busing assistance to qualifying Chicago Public Schools. To apply, please check the appropriate box on your order form.

For additional ticket information, call 312-827-5613.

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Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances fund. Performances for Students are supported by an Anonymous Donor, Baird, the John  W. and Rosemary K. Brown Family Foundation, The Jacob and Rosalie Cohn Foundation, Dover, the Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation, the General Mills Foundation, John Hart and Carol Prins, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, the Segal Family Foundation, the Bill and Orli Staley Foundation, the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation, and Mrs. Roy I. Warshawsky and Michael Welsh and Linda Brummer.

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The Marriage of Figaro

Approximate running time: 3h 30m

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
In Italian with projected English titles

Dates:   Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 2:00 p.m. 
Tickets: $20 per ticket
Grades:   6 – 12

 
Treat your students to the genius of Mozart in this comic story that takes on class structure, unrequited love, human nature, and forgiveness. Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Barbara Gaines directs a beautiful new production featuring some of opera's most famously beautiful music. 

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Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

Approximate running time: 3h 15m

By Gioachino Rossini
In Italian with projected English titles

Date: Friday, October 30, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
Tickets:  $20 per ticket
Grades:  6 – 12


Cinderella is a tale so universal that almost every culture on earth has its own version. Rossini's Italian take is dedicated to love, whimsy, and the beauty of the human voice.  

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The Merry Widow

Approximate running time: 2h 45m

By Franz Lehár
In English with projected English titles

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
  Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
  Friday, December 11, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 per ticket
Grades:  6-12


Operetta is opera's lighthearted cousin and a direct ancestor of the modern musical. The Merry Widow is a tuneful comedy of errors, intrigues, and love - with the financial health of an entire country at stake.

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Nabucco

Approximate running time: 2h 45m

By Giuseppe Verdi
In Italian with projected English titles

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 per ticket
Grades: 6 – 12


Politics. Religion. A dangerous love triangle. Feuding family members. And some of the greatest choral music ever written, including the soul-stirring "Va, pensiero" chorus. This is the opera that made Verdi a star, and Lyric's production will provide students with all the drama and passion that great opera is meant to deliver.

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Romeo and Juliet

Approximate running time: 3h

By Charles Gounod
In French with projected English titles

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:00 p.m.
  Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 per ticket
Grades: 6 – 12


Shakespeare's classic tale of star crossed lovers is even more potent when it unfolds to the gorgeous music of Charles Gounod. This is French opera at its ravishing best.   

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The King and I

Approximate running time: Under 3h

By Rodgers & Hammerstein 

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 & $20 per ticket
Grades: 6 – 12


In 1860s Bangkok, the King of Siam (now Thailand) hires a British governess to tutor his many children. The ensuing clash of cultures and wills frames a story of love, conflict, reconciliation, and change. One of the most beloved and moving of all American musicals.   

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