Single tickets now on sale for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2010 - 2011 season! - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Single tickets now on sale for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2010 - 2011 season!

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For Immediate Release:
Thursday, August 5, 2010

Verdi and Handel, Bizet and Britten, Wagner and Puccini,
even Gilbert & Sullivan --Lyric’s got it all!!
Single tickets now on sale
for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2010 - 2011 season!
Buy online now! or 312-332-2244
Now you can choose your exact seats online and
print your own tickets at home!
Fewer seats available this season – reserve now!
New this season – Trios! Buy any 3 operas, save 10%!
Two Lyric premieres! Three operas in English!

Whether you’re a seasoned operagoer or a curious newcomer, whatever your tastes in theater and music, Lyric Opera of Chicago has something exciting for you to experience this season! Subscriptions are still available, and now individual tickets are on sale for all eight operas in Lyric’s 56th season, which starts Oct. 1, 2010, and runs through Mar. 27, 2011.

New this season, you can print your own tickets at home after selecting your exact seats online at Also new this season are Trios – buy any three operas and save 10%. Trios are available online and easy to purchase – the discount is automatically taken at checkout. Go to for suggested themed Trios, including “Opera’s Greatest Hits,” “Great Directors Series,” “Italian Classics,” “Divine Divas,” “Romance Gone Wrong,” “Operas in English,” “The Play’s the Thing,” and more.  Trio ticket buyers can also create their own custom combinations.

Lyric is offering 68 performances this season – nine fewer than in 2009-10. That means 32,000 fewer tickets are available for Lyric’s eight opera productions. To be assured of good seats, the time to reserve is now.  Prices start at $33 in the upper balcony and $83 on the main floor.

Visually magnificent productions and a broad range of orchestral and vocal music performed at the highest level – without amplification – tell the tales of the young and the restless, the impulsive and impetuous, the doomed and the drugged, the mismatched and the murderously jealous, the heroic and the heinous, the unrequited and the unrepentant…and more! English translations are projected above the stage for every opera.

Lyric will present six new productions this season (three new and three new-to-Chicago), plus two beloved revival productions. Two operas are Lyric premieres, and three are in English.

Verdi’s brilliant and brutal Macbeth stars Thomas Hampson, Nadja Michael, Dimitri Pittas, and Štefan Kocán in the breathtaking new Barbara Gaines production; Renato Palumbo, conductor (Oct. 1-30, 9 performances in Italian with projected English translations).

Bizet’s greatest hit, Carmen, stars Kate Aldrich/Katharine Goeldner (Oct. 29)/Nadia Krasteva, Yonghoon Lee/Brandon Jovanovich, Elaine Alvarez/Nicole Cabell, and Kyle Ketelsen; Harry Silverstein, director, Alain Altinoglu, conductor (Oct. 13-29, Mar. 12-27, 11 performances in French with projected English translations).

Britten’s magical A Midsummer Night’s Dream stars David Daniels, Anna Christy, and Peter Rose in its Lyric premiere. The new coproduction is by Neil Armfield; Rory Macdonald, conductor (Nov. 5-23, 7 performances in English with projected English texts).

Verdi’s A Masked Ball stars Frank Lopardo, Sondra Radvanovsky, Mark Delavan, Stephanie Blythe, and Kathleen Kim in a sumptuous production from San Francisco Opera directed by the legendary Renata Scotto; Asher Fisch /Philip Morehead (Dec. 10), conductor  (Nov. 15-Dec. 10, 8 performances performances in Italian with projected English translations).

Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado  stars James Morris, Neal Davies, Stephanie Blythe, Toby Spence, Andriana Chuchman, and Andrew Shore in a beautiful new production by Gary Griffin; Sir Andrew Davis /Philip Morehead (Jan. 11-21), conductor (Dec. 6-11, Jan. 5-21, 10 performances in English with projected English texts).

Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West stars Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, and Marco Vratogna in an updated Harold Prince production directed by Vincent Liotta; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor (Jan. 22-Feb. 21 – 9 performances in Italian with projected English translations).

Wagner’s epic Lohengrin returns to Lyric for the first time since 1980 in a Covent Garden production starring Johan Botha, Emily Magee/Amber Wagner (Mar. 5, 8), Michaela Schuster, Greer Grimsley, Georg Zeppenfeld, and Lester Lynch, directed by Elijah Moshinsky; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor ( Feb. 11-Mar. 8, 7 performances in German with projected English translations). 

The Lyric premiere of Handel’s Hercules will ignite the stage in a new Peter Sellars production starring Eric Owens, Alice Coote, David Daniels, Lucy Crowe, and Richard Croft; Harry Bicket, conductor (Mar. 4-21, 7 performances in English with projected English texts).

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 56th season runs Oct. 1 through March 27 at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Brochures may be requested and single tickets may be purchased by going to (24 hours a day), or by calling 312-332-2244, ext. 5600 (M-F, 9-5; Sa. 10-5). Individual tickets start at $33. Subscription packages are still available, as well. Full cast and sponsor information can be found at, along with articles, videos, podcast interviews, and more. Photos available on request: or call Press Relations Coordinator Carrie Napolilli: 312-827-5923.