Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Sunday in the Park with Lyric

Sunday, August 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park

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

Sunday in the Park with Lyric is generously supported through an endowment by an Anonymous Foundation with additional support from the Rhoda & Henry Frank Family Foundation, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and The Recording Industry’s Music Performance Trust fund, and the Film Trust Fund

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Lyric Opera of Chicago thanks its Official Airline, American Airlines, and acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency

About Lyric

About Lyric

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.

Through the timeless power of voice, the splendor of a great orchestra and chorus, theater, dance, design, and truly magnificent stagecraft, Lyric is devoted to immersing audiences in worlds both familiar and unexpected, creating shared experiences that resonate long after the curtain comes down.

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