A "revue of opera-based sketch comedy, improv and unlikely operatic musical interludes...Two indefatigable cultural landmarks coming together....Lyric and Second City are teaming up once again this summer; this time for an entire month of performances.– Johnny Oleksinski, New City Stage

Second City preview

"Right away I knew something was up at the Civic Opera House on January 5. The lights dimmed and the familiar, soothing British brogue of Lyric Opera principal conductor Sir Andrew Davis boomed its usual, prerecorded message prohibiting the use of cellphones in the Ardis Krainik Theatre. So far, so good. Then Davis announced that a vehicle with the license plate “FLEMING DIVA 1″ was blocking Wacker Drive. Wait, what? No, this was not opening night of La bohème or Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg or even the closing of Don Pasquale; this was The Second City Guide to the Opera, another exciting product of the fledgling Lyric Unlimited program.

"The revue of opera-based sketch comedy, improv and unlikely operatic musical interludes... sure seemed like a one-night event....However, Lyric and its audience found on that night...the special element of...two indefatigable cultural landmarks coming togetherSo, Lyric and Second City are teaming up once again this summer; this time for an entire month of performances.

          – Johnny Oleksinski, Newcity Stage

Classical music critic Wynne Delacoma called the January 5th performance of The Second City Guide to the Opera "a resounding success," and an audience member shared online: "Absolutely outstanding! I have NEVER been to the opera . . . and yet I enjoyed every moment of this extremely creative, hilarious performance. BRAVO!!" 

Escape to Operaland throughout the month of June! Laugh the night away onstage, Thursdays through Sundays in the Ardis Krainik Theatre.

Pictured: Ryan Opera Center mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges and Second City actor Joey Bland in the January 5, 2013 performance of The Second City Guide to the Opera. (Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography)