The Opera Insider Series

The Opera Insider Series

The Opera Insider Series

The Opera Insider Series


Join us for this illuminating series with music historian and opera expert David Buch. Whether you wish to learn more about an opera before seeing it for the first time, or want a deeper understanding of an opera that you already know and love, you’ll enjoy this in-depth exploration of each opera in the 2019/20 Season. Sessions will discuss a work’s creation, its composer, its musical and dramatic highlights, and its particular magic. You’ll also hear from a special guest from Lyric’s technical department (pictured) who will share insights into set and costume design, interpretation, stagecraft, and more.

2018/19 Season
$45 Individual Event
February 19

2019/20 Season
Purchase dates individually or as a package to save more!
$45 Individual Event
$35 Per Event when purchasing 4 or more
2019/20 Opera Insider events are currently only available to subscribers.

The Barber of Seville
September 24
Luisa Miller October 1
Dead Man Walking
October 29
Don Giovanni November 12 BUY TICKETS 
Madama Butterfly February 4 BUY TICKETS 
The Queen of Spades February 11 BUY TICKETS
Das Rheingold March 10 BUY TICKETS
Die Walküre March 17 BUY TICKETS
Siegfried March 24 BUY TICKETS
Götterdämmerung March 31  BUY TICKETS


Civic Opera Building Conference Center (6th floor of the opera house building—enter through the revolving doors in the middle of the block)

No tickets will be issued for the Opera Insider Series. After registering, your name will automatically be added to our class roster and we will look forward to seeing you at your first session.
David Buch, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, is a music historian whose expertise ranges from the 17th through the mid 20th centuries, particularly Mozart, opera, and the Baroque. He’s known to Lyric audiences for his popular pre-opera talks on Mozart operas.

Presented by Lyric Unlimited, Lyric Opera of Chicago's department dedicated to education, community engagement, and new artistic initiatives.

Lyric Unlimited was launched with major catalyst funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and receives major support from the Caerus Foundation, Inc.