Chapter Community - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Chapter Community

The Lyric Opera Chapter Community

In a Lyric Opera Chapter, opera lovers of all ages get together to enjoy lectures, musical performances, special events, volunteer opportunities, and each other's company. Each Chapter is chartered with the dual purpose of raising money to enhance educational and community-engagement programs and generating support for Lyric Opera of Chicago. Chapter members enjoy certain exclusive benefits, including the opportunity to be an Operathon volunteer, the chance to be a sales volunteer at OperaShop, the Chapter member price for all Community Chapter programs, and much more!

Dues of $25 are payable annually to the community-based Chapter of your choice, where members attend programs and events throughout the season with varying registration fees.


Joining is Easy!

Lyric Opera Chapter membership is available to all annual contributors of $75 and above. Dues are paid annually to the Chapter(s) of your choice.

If you have questions about how to join a Chapter, please call (312) 827-5673.

Pay your dues online by clicking here and following the on-screen steps.

View the 15 Chapters

Exclusive Benefits

There are perks designed just for members of Lyric's Chapters, over and above the benefits already received as a donor. In addition to the community experience, chapter members enjoy exclusive benefits such as:

  • Connection to a vast network of local opera lovers - bring home the passion!
  • Opportunity to volunteer at Operathon, Lyric's radio marathon, and mingle with the on-air stars
  • Chapter member price for all Community Chapter programs
  • Plus all benefits of being a National Member of Lyric Opera of Chicago

Call the Lyric Opera Chapter Office at 312-827-5673 for more information.

Operathon is conducted by the Lyric Opera Chapters with all proceeds supporting Lyric Opera of Chicago's education and community-engagement programs for children, adults, and seniors. Chapter members have the opportunity to volunteer to work on Operathon day in a variety of to donors by being on the "front line" in the phone room, tabulating the sales and contributions, networking with fellow volunteers, welcoming fellow chapter members and orienting them to their assigned duties. Chapter member involvement is essential to Lyric's success.

Stars from Lyric's productions are heard on-air, encouraging listeners to phone in their pledges of support. A stunning selection of Lyric Opera merchandise and autographed items are offered via the Operathon catalog. A selection of exclusive merchandise and season posters are available in our online gift store, OperaShop.

For more information, contact the OperaShop hotline at 312-827-5658.

 Season Preview Concert                    Thursday, September 18, 2014
 Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions             Sunday, September 21, 2014
 Opening Night Gala                    Saturday, September 27, 2014
 OPERATHON                    Saturday, October 11, 2014
 60th Anniversary Gala                   Saturday, November 1, 2014

Chapter Program Events

August 1, 2014 –November 30, 2014.

Chapter members are welcome to attend all Chapter events at the member price!

August 2, Saturday. Northfield and Wilmette Chapters. 6:00 p.m. Picnic and performance of SALOME with Patricia Racette in the title role. Ravinia Park, 418 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL. Fee TBA.


August 6, Wednesday. Northfield and Northwest Chapters. Time 4:30 p.m.. Seven Deadly Sins program. Millennium Park, Chicago, IL. Fee $65.


August 31, Sunday. Hinsdale Chapter. 4:00 P.M. 2014-2015 Season overview lecture by Peter Van Der Graff. Location TBA Hinsdale, IL. Fee TBA.


September 14, Sunday. Northfield, Northwest, Wilmette, and Winnetka Chapters. 4:00 P.M. Performance by Celeste Rue, Pianist, and two vocalists TBA. Westmoreland Country Club, Wilmette, IL. Fee $65.


September 16, Tuesday. Glencoe Chapter. 7:00 p.m. Season overview lecture by Roger Pines. Location TBA. Fee M$20 G$25.


September 17, Wednesday. Near North Chapter. 6:00 p.m. Interview and dinner with Anthony Freud. A club centrally located in Chicago, IL. Fee $65.


September 21, Sunday. Barrington Chapter. 1:00 p.m. Performance by Kimberly Han, pianist. The Garlands, Barrington, IL. Fee M$40 G$45.


September 21, Sunday. Winnetka Chapter. 2:00 P.M. Lecture by Neil Adelman. Winnetka Public Library, Winnetka, IL. No fee.


September 21, Sunday. Far West Chapter. 2:00 P.M. Presentation on Don Giovanni by George Meschel. Private residence, Aurora, IL. Fee, Donation.


September 21, Sunday. Lake Geneva Chapter. 4:00 P.M. Musical performance by Celeste Rue, Pianist and three vocalists TBA. Big Foot country Club, Fontana, WI. Fee M$80 G$100.


September 27, Saturday. Hinsdale Chapter. 6:00 P.M. Cappricio lecture, speaker TBA. Location TBA, Naperville, IL. Fee TBA.


September 28, Sunday. Evanston Chapter. 4:00 P.M. 2014-2015 Season overview lecture by Jack Zimmerman. 1417 Hinman Ave, Evanston, IL. Fee TBA.


October 16, Thursday. Wilmette Chapter. 7:00 p.m. Lecture by Scott Holmes. Mallinckrodt Center, Wilmette, IL. Fee M$10 G$12.


October 19, Sunday. Near North Chapter. 12:30 p.m. Lunch and interview Q & A with Eric Owen. Gibson’s 1028 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL. Fee $50.


October 19, Sunday. Far West Chapter. 2:00 P.M. Presentation on Cappricio by William Nelson. Private residence, Glen Ellyn, IL. Fee, Donation.


October 23, Thursday. Winnetka and Glencoe Chapters. 11:30 A.M. Performance by Kimberly Jones, Leila Bowie, and Marisa Bucheit. Sunset Ridge country Club, Northfield, IL. Fee TBA.


October 26, Sunday. Evanston Chapter. 4:00 P.M. Lecture “Courtesans in Opera” by Patrick Casali and Professor Emeaitus. 950 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL. Fee M$10 G$15.


November 2, Sunday. Lake Geneva Chapter. Time TBA. Presentation TBA. Private residence. Fee TBA.


November 2, Sunday. Far West Chapter. 2:00 P.M. Presentation on Il Travatore by Denny Hayes. Private residence, St. Charles, IL. Fee, Donation.


Evelyn Ricker

Louise Ryssman

Far West
Loretta Caputo

Flossmoor Area
Diane Moses

Maria Rigolin

Highland Park/Deerfield
Loretta Lucia

Beatriz Iorgulescu

Hyde Park/Kenwood
Claude Weil

Lake Geneva
Patricia Wakenight

Near North
Mary Lunz Houston

Carole Luczak




Bonnie Zeitlin

Barbara Larsen

Betty Walsh

JoAn Barney