Lyric Young Professionals

LYP Fleming Initiative


A project of the Renée Fleming Initiative, Lyric Young Professionals is a group of dynamic opera lovers dedicated to building a new generation of supporters for Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

Lyric's Young Professionals membership is for you

- if you are between ages 21 and 45
if you are looking to network with like-minded professionals
- if you enjoy attending unique social events

- if you are interested in learning about opera

- if you want to be a part of the new generation of Lyric’s supporters

Special Benefits
- Exclusive ticket offers and access to the LYP Medley Subscription
- Exclusive intermission receptions at designated performances
- Cocktails and Conversation with Lyric Insiders and special guests
- Two passes to a designated working rehearsal at Lyric Opera
- Two admissions to Rising Stars in Concert
- Collaborations with other Chicago Young Professional organizations 

The annual membership to Lyric Young Professionals is $150.

To learn more about LYP or contact Andrea Rubens at 312-827-5656 or



President—Justin Breitfelder                                                 

Vice President—
Lisa DeAngelis                                                        
Secretary—Chris Hanig

Events Chair—Tania Tawil

YP Outreach Chair—Claudine Tambuatco

Member Engagement Chair—Martha Grant

Members at Large:

Ian Cundiff
Lena Dickinson
Evan Fry
Fritzi Getz
Laura Guili
Amy O'Donnell
Marne Smiley
JJ Williams
Lauren Wood

Lyric Young Professionals
2016/17 Season Calendar

Upcoming Events

Summer 2017
  • LYP Annual Meeting

Season Highlights

Spring 2017

  • Carmen Medley performance + pre-opera dinner 2/28 at 5:00 PM*
  • LYP + IVY Carmen pre-opera cocktail reception 3/6^
  • Eugene Onegin Medley performance + pre-opera dinner 3/14 5:00 PM*
  • LYPs at Rising Stars in Concert 4/1 7:30 PM
  • La Triviata 4/20 6:00 PM
  • My Fair Lady Medley performance and pre-opera dinner 4/28 5:00 PM*
  • LYPs volunteer at Backstage Tours 2/12, 3/12, 4/2
Winter 2016/17
  • LYP Cocktails and Conversations 12/8 at 5:30 PM
  • LYP Cocktails and Conversations 1/23 at 5:30 PM
  • The Magic Flute Medley performance + pre-opera dinner 12/12 at 5:00 PM*
  • Norma Medley performance + pre-opera dinner 2/13 5:00 PM*
Fall 2016
  • LYPs at the Season Preview Concert with the Ryan Opera Center 9/27 6:00 PM
  • Lyric Opening Night: Das Rheingold + LYP Festivities 10/1
  • LYPs volunteer at Operathon 10/15
  • Lucia di Lammermoor Medley performance + pre-opera dinner 10/15 5:00 PM*
  • Halloween Masquerade fundraiser 10/28
  • Don Quichotte Medley performance + pre-opera dinner 11/28 5:00 PM*
Summer 2016
  • LYP Picnic at Ryan Opera Center: Of Mice and Men 7/27 6:30pm
  • Summer happy hour 8/16
  • LYP Picnic at Stars of Lyric Opera 9/9 
Stay tuned for more exciting announcements — from Cocktails and Conversations with Lyric Insiders to collaborations with other Chicago arts + culture YP organizations.

*See LYP members-only Facebook page for pre-opera dinner details.
^ LYP collaborative event

Medley Series Dates: 

Friday, April 28 at 7pm
Friday, May 5 at 7pm
Tuesday, May 9 at 130pm

What is the Medley Series?
A subscription series package offered exclusively to active LYP members. This series allows LYP members in good standing to choose from a selection of dates and build a personalized subscription package of three or more operas for $35* each, best available seats within the allocated Medley series inventory.
*One-time $6 subscription fee not included.
*$2.50 historic building fee/ticket not included.
Where is the allocated Medley inventory?
Medley subscribers are assigned to the best available seating within the Main Floor Rear and Balcony sections. We have worked to keep our Medley ticket prices static over the past few years even as demand has increased for our seats, for this reason we are unable to accommodate specific seating requests or seat Medley orders in Main Floor Prime or other prime locations
How do I purchase a Medley subscription series?
Please call Audience Services at 312-827-5600. To book your subscription package you will need to pick a minimum of three different opera dates in the Medley series and your Print-At-Home tickets will be delivered to your inbox within 1-3 days of purchase. LYP members that do not purchase a Medley subscription cannot take advantage of the $35 Medley ticket price.
Can I purchase additional tickets for my friends?
Yes, Medley subscribers may purchase up to two Medley subscriptions and add on up to four additional $35 tickets for each performance. Add-on tickets are subject to availability and we will make every effort to seat additional tickets as close as possible to your current subscription seats.
May I exchange my Medley tickets?
Yes, exchanges are possible by calling Audience Services at 312-827-5600Íž your new date must also be a valid LYP Medley series date. If exchanged less than 5 days in advance, fees will apply.
What if I want to purchase tickets for a performance or production outside of the Medley series?
As a subscriber you receive a 10% discount off of the going ticket price on additional opera and musical tickets during the season. The $35 Medley price does not apply to performances outside of the Medley series.
If I do not want to purchase a Medley series, what other ways can I save on tickets as a young professional?
Lyric also offers the Encore discount ticket program, a free program for audience members who are 21-45 years old (regardless of LYP membership status). Encore offers $39 balcony and $59 main floor tickets when space is available. You can sign up for email alerts to enjoy this discount. The Encore discount ticket program joins other discount offers such as NEXT student tickets, RUSH tickets, and DEAL – a ticket program for teachers and school administrators, all of which are intended to encourage new audiences to enjoy Lyric Opera performances at a discount.

Check out some photos from our Halloween Party!