Performances for Students - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Performances for Students

Otello - SOLD OUT
Approximate running time: 3h 

Matinee Performance 
By Giuseppe Verdi
In Italian with projected English texts

Date:   Thursday, October 17, 2013, 2:00 p.m.  SOLD OUT
Tickets: $20 per ticket
Grades:   6 – 12
Themes:  Love, revenge, jealousy, murder, conspiracy, suicide, race, insecurity, betrayal, Italian language

A powerful general is driven to murder his innocent wife by a scheming and treacherous confidante. Let your students experience Shakespeare’s classic tragedy set to music by one of opera’s greatest composers, Giuseppe Verdi. Otello is a shattering masterpiece that Verdi—a lifelong Shakespeare fan—came out of retirement to create.  


Die Fledermaus
Approximate running time: 3h 20m

Matinee Performances
By Johann Strauss Jr. 
In German with projected English texts

Dates: Friday, January 10, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
  Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 2:00 p.m. SOLD OUT
Tickets:  $20 per ticket
Grades:  6 – 12
Themes:  Love, forgiveness, hypocrisy, practical jokes, friendship, payback, German language

In order to get even for a prank played on him by his best friend, a doctor perpetrates an amazingly elaborate practical joke involving fake accents, heavy flirting, a jail sentence, a bored young millionaire, the best party of the year, and a frustrated tenor wearing someone else’s bathrobe and slippers—all to the elegant and delightful music of Johann Strauss Jr. Find out why
Die Fledermaus has been the world’s undisputed favorite operetta for well over 100 years. 

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Approximate running time: 3h 30m

Student Matinee Performance
By Antonin Dvořák
In Czech with projected English texts

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20/$10 per ticket
Grades:  6-12
Themes: Fairytale, love, betrayal, Czech language
Prof. Development: Saturday, January 11, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Beautiful music by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák and a story from ancient legend combine in this tragic operatic fairytale of a water nymph who gives all—and loses all—in her love for a mortal prince. Lyric’s haunting new production is set in an imaginary time and place that very realistically suffers from age-old neglect and abuse of the natural world. This rich theatrical experience will powerfully affect your students on many different levels, and they will remember it for years to come. Definitely not a bedtime story.

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The Sound of Music  SOLD OUT
Approximate running time: 3h

Student Matinee Performance
By Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
In English with projected English texts

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 12:30 p.m. SOLD OUT
Tickets: $20/$10 per ticket
Grades: 6 – 12
Themes: Love, family, political upheaval, WWII history
Prof. Development: Saturday, February 22, 201, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Set in Austria at the start of World War II, The Sound of Music is a story of love, family, and the power of music in which the Von Trapp children—and their widower father—blossom under the influence of their new governess Maria. This final collaboration by the founders of the American musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein, has touched almost every generation since its 1959 premiere with its classic songs, including “Do-Re-Mi” (“Doe, a deer…”), “My Favorite Things,” Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and of course the title song (“The hills are alive...”). It also provided the basis for the beloved 1965 film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

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Lyric Opera gratefully recognizes and deeply appreciates the generosity of the following contributors:

Students at the Opera

Lead Sponsor

Dr. Scholl Foundation

Additional funding by:
John and Rosemary Brown
General Mills Foundation
Carol Prins and John Hart
Segal Family Foundation
Bill and Orli Staley Foundation
Donna Van Eekeren Foundation
Mrs. Roy I. Warshawsky