Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces The Magic Victrola

Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

CHICAGO (2/24/2022) – Children and adults alike will be enchanted by Lyric Opera of Chicago’s upcoming, fully staged production of The Magic Victrola on Sunday, April 24th at 2 p.m. This one-afternoon-only event is a delightful way for children and adults to experience the joy and magic of opera. The original production, featuring some of opera's most famous arias, is specifically designed for children ages 5 to 10, but people of all ages will enjoy this story brought to life by the Lyric Opera Orchestra and extraordinary artists from Lyric's Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center.

"We are thrilled to round off Lyric’s hugely successful return to live performances in the opera house with this special presentation of The Magic Victrola, a delightful and entertaining introduction to opera, perfect for all families," offers Lyric’s General Director, President & CEO Anthony Freud. "We hope to welcome to Lyric many young people (as well as those who are young at heart) to share in the excitement of opera".

The Magic Victrola adventure begins when Gracie and Sam are dropped off at their Grandpa's place for summer vacation. While at first the kids are less than excited to be without their modern comforts, things get much more interesting when they discover their grandfather's old victrola and his prized collection of opera records suddenly comes to life! With the help of the mysterious birdman, Papageno, Gracie and Sam are off on a musical adventure through some of opera's most delightful hits.

Audiences will be treated to selections from some of the most widely beloved operas, including The Magic FluteThe Elixir of LoveCarmen, and more in this whimsical, original work. Big screens beside the stage will help the audience feel closer to every moment of the action.

Tickets are priced at just $5 for children and $10 for adults. For more information about The Magic Victrola and to purchase tickets now, visit

Lyric Opera's 2021|22 Season is presented by

Lyric Opera of Chicago thanks its Official Airline, American Airlines.

Lyric Opera of Chicago is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The Magic Victrola is generously presented by

Nancy Knowles Fund for Children and Family Performances

Mary Pat Gannon

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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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