Lyric is redefining what it means to experience great opera today

Through artistic excellence coupled with innovative, relevant programming; initiatives to connect with and grow new audiences; engagement with communities to ignite creativity across Chicago; and a modernized Opera House that is the setting for truly great experiences, Lyric is leading the advancement of opera. This collaborative vision will deliver ever more exciting, thought- provoking and inclusive audience and community experiences— while increasing the gravitational pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

Vision & Mission

We believe in the life-changing, transformational, revelatory power of great art and opera. Lyric Opera of Chicago exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to the Chicago region and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form of opera.

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Lyric's commitment to IDEA values

Learn more about the intensified work that Lyric has been doing as part of our ongoing commitment to Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) throughout our organization.

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History of Lyric Opera of Chicago

Founded in 1954, Lyric has always distinguished itself by presenting the finest international singers, conductors, directors, and designers in classic and less-familiar operatic repertoire and in world-premiere productions.

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Lyric Opera House History

Shaped like a gigantic throne facing the Chicago River, the Civic Opera House (now known as the Lyric Opera House) was completed in 1929, after just 22 months of planning and construction. The building has served as the home for Lyric Opera of Chicago since the company was founded in 1954.

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Lyric Opera House History

Shaped like a gigantic throne facing the Chicago River, the Civic Opera House (now known as the Lyric Opera House) was completed in 1929, after just 22 months of planning and construction. The building has served as the home for Lyric Opera of Chicago since the company was founded in 1954.

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Performance & Cast Archive

Browse the Lyric Opera of Chicago archives for lists of opera, musical, and recital performances and artists from past seasons.

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Legends of Lyric

Lyric's early decades boasted one astonishing performer after another. Many of those artists — "Legends of Lyric" — are showcased in a series of tributes that reveal just what the excitement was all about. Listen to them to discover anew the thrill of truly great singing.

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Lyric Opera is proud to be a member company of OPERA America.