Lyric Opera of Chicago

Single Tickets now on sale for Lyric's 2011-2012 season!

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For Immediate Release:
Monday, August 1, 2011

From Paris to the Pyramids, from magical realms to the Mississippi River, from imperial Russia to the Holy Land, and more  –
Lyric takes you around the world on the wings of magnificent music!!

  Single tickets now on sale
for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2011 - 2012 season!
Buy online now! or call 312-332-2244

  New – lower prices on the main floor!
Starting at $59 for selected dates.

  Choose your exact seats online and print your own tickets at home!
Try a Trio – or Quartet, or Quintet, or Sextet… Buy any 3 or more operas, save 10%!
Three new productions, including two Lyric premieres!  

Tickets also now on sale for piano superstar Lang Lang recital on May 12!

Whether you’re well versed in opera or contemplating your first foray, 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 57th season, which starts Sat., Oct. 1, 2011, and runs through Sun., Mar. 25, 2012.

Tickets are also on sale for the solo piano recital by superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang on May 12.

New this season are lower prices on the main floor. On selected dates, main-floor tickets will start at $59.

Selecting your exact seats online at and printing your own tickets at home is a popular option for many of our single-ticket buyers that is available again this year.

Put together your own Trio (or Quartet, Quintet, or more) – and get a 10% discount. These personalized combos are available online and easy to purchase – the discount is automatically applied at checkout.

Lyric is offering 72 performances of eight productions this season – four more than in 2010-11. To be assured of good seats, the time to reserve is now. Prices start at $34 in the upper balcony and $59 on the main floor.

Visually spectacular productions and a broad range of orchestral and vocal music performed at the highest level 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 texts are projected above the stage for every performance, so it’s easy to follow the story no matter what language is being sung.

The opening night of each production is carried live by The Matthew Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts on 98.7WFMT and

Offenbach’s wildly flamboyant masterpiece The Tales of Hoffmann stars Matthew Polenzani (role debut), James Morris, Anna Christy, Erin Wall, Alyson Cambridge (debut), Emily Fons, Rodell Rosel, David Cangelosi, and Christian Van Horn in a glorious Nicolas Joël production (Teatro Real, Israeli Opera, Teatro Regio de Torino coproduction) staged by Stéphane Roche (debut); Emmanuel Villaume, conductor (Oct. 1-29, 9 performances in French with projected English texts).

Donizetti’s “Scottish Romeo and Juliet,” Lucia di Lammermoor, stars Susanna Phillips, Giuseppe Filianoti, Gabriele Viviani, Christian Van Horn, and René Barbera. Famed soprano and director Catherine Malfitano makes her Lyric directorial debut in a striking new production with Massimo Zanetti (debut), conductor (Oct. 10-Nov. 5, 8 performances in Italian with projected English texts).

Mussorgsky’s monumental Boris Godunov stars Ferruccio Furlanetto (debut), Štefan Margita (debut), Andrea Silvestrelli, Raymond Aceto, Erik Nelson Werner (debut), Ljubomir Puškarič (debut), David Cangelosi, and Edward Mout in the sumptuous Stein Winge production from San Francisco Opera staged by Julia Pevzner (debut); Sir Andrew Davis, conductor (Nov. 7-29, 7 performances in Russian with projected English texts).

Richard Strauss’s sparkling comedy Ariadne auf Naxos  stars Amber Wagner, Anna Christy, Alice Coote, Brandon Jovanovich, Eike Wilm Schulte, David Holloway, Matthew Worth (debut), and Edward Mout in the intimately lavish Lyric production by John Cox; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor  (Nov. 19-Dec. 11, 6 performances in German with projected English texts).

Mozart’s sublime final opera, The Magic Flute, stars Nicole Cabell, Charles Castronovo (debut, Dec. 6-Jan. 6)/Alek Shrader (debut, Jan. 9-22), Stéphane Degout (debut), Kathleen Kim, Günther Groissböck (debut), Richard Stilwell, Rodell Rosel, and Jennifer Jakob in Lyric’s beloved August Everding production staged by Matthew Lata; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor (Dec. 6-10, Jan. 4-22, 10 performances in German with projected English texts).

Verdi’s blockbuster spectacular Aida stars Sondra Radvanovsky (Jan.-Feb.)/Hui He (debut, Mar.), Marcello Giordani (Jan.-Feb.)/Salvatore Licitra (Mar.), Jill Grove (Jan.-Feb.)/Anna Smirnova (debut, Mar.), Gordon Hawkins (Jan.-Feb.)/Quinn Kelsey (Mar.), and Štefan Kocán in Lyric’s classic Nicolas Joël  production directed by Matthew Lata; Renato Palumbo, conductor (Jan. 21-Feb. 8, Mar. 6-25, 12 performances in Italian with projected English texts).

Kern and Hammerstein’s groundbreaking musical drama Show Boat will dock at the Civic Opera House for the first time in February in a new Francesca Zambello production, starring Ashley Brown (debut), Nathan Gunn, Alyson Cambridge, Morris Robinson (debut), Angela Renée Simpson (debut), Ross Lehman (debut), Cindy Gold (debut), Ericka Mac (debut), and Bernie Yvon; John DeMain, conductor (Feb. 12-Mar. 17, 13 performances in English with projected English lyrics). 

The Lyric stage premiere of Handel’s Rinaldo, a magic-infused tale of rivals in love and war, will close the season, starring David Daniels, Julia Kleiter (debut), Elza van den Heever (debut), Luca Pisaroni (debut), Sonia Prina (debut), Iestyn Davies (debut), and Ryan Belongie (debut); Francisco Negrin, director; Harry Bicket, conductor (Feb. 29-Mar. 24, 7 performances in Italian with projected English texts).

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 57th season runs Oct. 1 through March 25 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 $34. 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.