Macbeth opens Friday, September 17

September 17 - October 9

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CHICAGO, IL (9/17/21) — Adapting one of the greatest tragedies written by his hero, Shakespeare, Verdi created a stunning portrait of the most power-hungry couple who ever trod a stage. Macbeth’s bloody ascent to the throne of Scotland — led and supported by his wife’s own consuming ambition — results in disaster for them both. Verdi brings them to blazing life in a score that bristles with energy and endless excitement. Grand-scale arias, hair-raising duets, stupendous ensembles — they’re all here, in the first genuine masterpiece of Verdi’s career. Starring Craig Colclough in the title role making his Lyric debut, Sondra Radvanovsky making her role debut as Lady Macbeth, Joshua Guerrero as Macduff, and Ryan Opera Center alumnus Christian Van Horn as Banco.

Lyric’s riveting season opener is the inaugural production of Music Director Enrique Mazzola's tenure, and a brand-new production from Sir David McVicar. Production design is by John Macfarlane; costumes by Moritz Junge; original lighting design by David Finn; with choreography by Andrew George. The Lyric Opera Chorus is prepared by chorus master Michael Black.

Join Lyric Opera of Chicago for the opening night of the 67th Season and the first live, in-person performance in 18 months.

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View Lyric’s Macbeth music information summary here.

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Performance dates for Macbeth are September 17, 23, and 30 and October 3, 6, and 9 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N Wacker Dr., Chicago. Performance times vary.

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Macbeth is performed in Italian with projected English translations. Estimated running time is 3 hours, including one intermission.

Enrique Mazzola is generously sponsored by the following members of the Enrique Circle

Alice & John Butler


H. Gael Neeson

Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel

Robert & Penelope Steiner Family Foundation

The Enrique Circle is comprised of Lyric’s most dedicated supporters who are committed to championing Maestro Enrique Mazzola's exciting artistic vision and legacy.

Lyric’s new co-production of Verdi’s Macbeth is generously made possible by


Julie & Roger Baskes

Marlys A. Beider

Patricia A. Kenney & Gregory J. O'Leary

Additional support is provided by Lyric Opera of Chicago's Production Circle.

A co-production of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Canadian Opera Company.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to redefining what it means to experience great opera. The company is driven to deliver consistently excellent artistry through innovative, relevant, celebratory programming that engages and energizes new and traditional audiences.

Under the leadership of General Director, President & CEO Anthony Freud, Music Director Enrique Mazzola, and Special Project Advisor Renée Fleming, Lyric is dedicated to reflecting, and drawing strength from, the diversity of Chicago. Lyric offers, through innovation, collaboration, and evolving learning opportunities, ever-more exciting, accessible, and thought-provoking audience and community experiences. We also stand committed to training the artists of the future, through The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center; and to becoming increasingly diverse across our audiences, staff, programming, and artists—magnifying the welcoming pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

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