Free outdoor concert begins at 7:00pm on Friday, September 6

CHICAGO (8/14/2019) – Lyric Opera of Chicago launches its 65th season with the 19th annual Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Friday, September 6, at 7:00 p.m. The free outdoor performance, presented in cooperation with The City of Chicago and Millennium Park, annually attracts capacity crowds to the pavilion, great lawn, and surrounding areas of the park.

Lyric's renowned music director, Sir Andrew Davis, will conduct the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus along with an array of outstanding international opera artists, including the stars of Lyric’s season opening production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville: Marianne Crebassa, Lawrence Brownlee, Adam Plachetka, and Krzysztof Bączyk (making his Lyric Opera debut). Current Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members Mathilda Edge, Kayleigh Decker, Eric Ferring, and Christopher Kenney will also perform.

The starry evening features excerpts from Lyric’s upcoming season, including highlights from The Barber of Seville, as well as selections from Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. The concert will also include music from Verdi’s Falstaff, Donizetti’s La favorite, Bizet’s Carmen, and Rachmaninoff’s Aleko.

The Lyric Opera Chorus will be prepared by chorus master Michael Black.

Lyric will post live updates via social media throughout the evening. Join the conversation by tagging your posts with #LyricStars on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram at @LyricOpera. There will be chances to win tickets to the 2019/20 Season during the evening, and the first 5,000 guests to arrive will receive a free Lyric giveaway item.

​Invite your friends to attend this free event and let others know you are attending with the Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park Facebook event here.

Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its 65th season on Saturday, September 28. The season will include eight operas: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Sept. 28 – Oct. 27), Verdi’s Luisa Miller (Oct. 12 – 31), Heggie and McNally's Dead Man Walking (Nov. 2 – 22), Mozart's Don Giovanni (Nov. 14 – Dec. 8), Puccini's Madama Butterfly (Feb. 6 – Mar. 8), Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades (Feb. 15 – Mar. 1), Wagner's Gӧtterdӓmmerung (Apr. 4 & 11), and a Midwest premiere of Tesori and Thompson’s Blue (performed at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, June 19 – 28).

The climax of the season will be Lyric’s new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle, attracting audiences from around the world to experience the four operas over the course of a single week: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung (Cycle 1: Apr. 13 – 18, Cycle 2: Apr. 20 – 25, Cycle 3: Apr. 27 – May 3).

Lyric’s 2019/20 Season also includes the company premiere of Harry Warren and Al Dubin’s Tony-winning song-and-dance spectacular 42nd Street (May 29 – June 21), and two special events: Lyric favorite Sondra Radvanovsky singing the finales of Donizetti’s three “Tudor Queen” operas in The Three Queens with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus (Dec. 1 – 7) and the long-awaited Chicago return of Sir Bryn Terfel in Recital (Feb. 2).

All of Lyric’s regular-season performances take place at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive in Chicago, with projected English texts for every opera. Subscriptions are still available, as are single tickets for individual performances. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For information on specific performance dates and ticket availability, please call (312) 827-5600 or visit

Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park is supported by Lead Sponsor closerlook, inc. and cosponsors Walter E. Heller Foundation, An Anonymous Donor, Rhoda and Henry Frank Family Foundation, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, CNA, Crain-Maling Foundation, the Komarek-Hyde-McQueen Foundation/Patricia Hyde, Sipi Metals Corp., the Music Performance Trust Fund, and the Film Funds Trust Funds. Presented in cooperation with The City of Chicago and Millennium Park.

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About Lyric

Lyric Opera of Chicago's mission is to express and promote the life-changing, transformational, revelatory power of great opera. Lyric exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to Chicago and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form.

Founded in 1954, Lyric is dedicated to producing and performing consistently thrilling, entertaining, and thought-provoking opera with a balanced repertoire of core classics, lesser-known masterpieces, and new works; to creating an innovative and wide-ranging program of community engagement and educational activities; and to developing exceptional emerging operatic talent.

Under the leadership of general director, president & CEO Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis, and creative consultant Renée Fleming, Lyric strives to become The Great North American Opera Company for the 21st century: a globally significant arts organization embodying the core values of excellence, relevance, and fiscal responsibility.

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About Lyric Unlimited

Lyric Unlimited is a long-term, evolving initiative that encompasses company activities that are not part of Lyric’s mainstage opera season. Its mission is to provide a relevant cultural service to communities throughout the Chicago area and to advance the development of opera by exploring how opera as an art form can resonate more powerfully with people of multiple backgrounds, ethnicities, and interests. It also leads the development of innovative partnerships with a wide range of cultural, community, and educational organizations to create a breadth of programming through which Chicagoans of all ages can connect with Lyric. In the 2018/19 Season, more than 86,000 individuals participated in Lyric Unlimited programs. 

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About the Ryan Opera Center

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is the professional artist development program for Lyric Opera of Chicago. Since its inception in 1974, the Ryan Opera Center has been recognized as one of the premier programs of its kind in the world. That standing is maintained by providing the finest up-and-coming singers and pianists with unparalleled training and experience. The program is administered by Dan Novak, director; Craig Terry, music director; Julia Faulkner, director of vocal studies; and Renée Fleming, advisor.

Each year the Ryan Opera Center selects 12-14 gifted emerging artists from some 400 applicants. Beginning in the spring, they arrive to join the full-year residency program, under the guidance of Novak, Terry, Faulkner, and Fleming, as well as Anthony Freud, Sir Andrew Davis and numerous other opera professionals. Ensemble members are immediately immersed into the world of opera and vocal performance. Coaching sessions and master classes are augmented by performance and understudy experience in Lyric Opera’s regular season productions as well as other Ryan Opera Center concerts and recitals.

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