CHICAGO (7/28/2022) — Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrates the start of the 2022/23 Season with Sunday in the Park with Lyric at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park on Sunday, August 21st, at 7:00 p.m. This free outdoor performance is presented in cooperation with the City of Chicago and Millennium Park.
Highlighting the program will be several excerpts from Lyric’s upcoming season: Verdi's Ernani, Fiddler on the Roof, Verdi’s Don Carlos, Rossini's Le Comte Ory, Bizet's Carmen, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and West Side Story. Attendees will also receive special ticket offers for Lyric’s upcoming season!
Lyric's music director, Enrique Mazzola, will conduct this exciting concert that features the Lyric Opera Orchestra and members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center — sopranos Kathryn Henry, Lindsey Reynolds, and Denis Vélez, mezzo-soprano Katherine DeYoung, tenors Ryan Capozzo, Martin Luther Clark, Lunga Eric Hallam, and Alejandro Luévanos, baritones Laureano Quant and Ian Rucker, basses Ron Dukes and Wm. Clay Thompson, conductor/pianist Donald Lee III, and pianist Chris Reynolds. Mezzo-soprano Katherine Beck, a Ryan Opera Center alumna, will appear as a special guest.
Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its season on Friday, September 9th, presented by Invesco QQQ, and features: Ernani (Sept. 9 – Oct. 1), Fiddler on the Roof (Sept. 17 – Oct. 7), Don Carlos (Nov. 9 – 25), Le Comte Ory (Nov. 13 – 26), Hansel and Gretel (Jan. 25 – Feb. 5), and Carmen (Mar. 11 – Apr. 7) as well as the world premiere of Will Liverman and DJ King Rico’s The Factotum (performed at the Harris Theater, Feb. 3 – 12) and the world premiere of Proximity, a trio of operas written by some of the leading creative voices of our time (Mar. 24 - Apr. 8). The season also includes the return of one of Lyric's most popular productions of all time, West Side Story (June 2 - 25).
Lyric’s 2022/23 Season also features a special concert featuring Lyric’s Special Projects Advisor Renée Fleming joined by baritone Rod Gilfry for the Chicago premiere of The Brightness of Light, composed by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts. This concert will be conducted by Enrique Mazzola with the Lyric Opera Orchestra on October 8th.
Please note, as part of enhanced security protocols, visitors to Millennium Park after 6 p.m. will pass through bag check and metal detectors. Visitors under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult, with no more than four minors per adult.
All of Lyric’s performances take place at the Lyric Opera House, with the exception of The Factotum. All performances will have projected English texts. Subscriptions are still available as are single tickets. For information on specific performance dates and ticket availability, please call 312.827.5600 or visit lyricopera.org.