August 2017 Lyric Notes


Welcome to Lyric Notes, Lyric Opera of Chicago's eNewsletter!

The marquee on Washington Street may say "Gone Fishing" but truth be told, we're hard at work inside the Lyric Opera House and at other locations around the city. In this issue, we'll invite you in for a glimpse of season opening Orphée et Eurydice with the Joffrey Ballet, give you some insight into how productions get shared between companies, introduce you to the artists of the Ryan Opera Center you haven't yet met and keep you up to date on some new works being developed and new artists being nurtured through Lyric Unlimited. 2017/18 is going to be an amazing season. So, until we can personally welcome you back to Lyric, please enjoy this issue and we'll hope to see you at Millennium Park, the Harris Theater and home at the Lyric Opera House very soon.

Rigoletto at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Technical Director Michael Smallwood Talks Rigoletto

After a successful run at the San Francisco Opera earlier this summer, this new-to-Lyric production of Rigoletto heads straight to Chicago! Michael Smallwood, Lyric's technical director, opens up about what moving an opera's sets, costumes, and props from one city to another really entails.

Music. Family. Fun.

An Opera the Entire Family Will Enjoy!

Lyric Unlimited is thrilled to bring The Scorpions’ Sting to Chicago audiences this October in its U.S. premiere! Created specifically for young children and families, this is the perfect show for budding opera and music enthusiasts.

Ryan Opera Center

New Faces at the Ryan Opera Center

The Ryan Opera Center recently welcomed five exceptionally gifted new Ensemble members. This month we feature profiles of three new artists in the incoming class.


An Intensely Moving Journey to Opening Night: Orphée et Eurydice

Here is John Neumeier to share the story with you. The legendary dancer and choreographer, a native of Milwaukee who has lived and worked in Germany for decades, plays five key roles in Lyric’s new production:  director, choreographer, scenic designer, costume designer, and lighting designer.

Community Created Performances

Don’t Miss an Unforgettable, One-Time-Only Performance!

For the second year in a row, join Lyric Unlimited for a special, one-time-only performance of Community Created Performances: Stories and Songs of Chicago! As part of the groundbreaking Chicago Voices initiative, groups of Chicagoans were invited to share the untold stories of their communities through the Community Created Performances program.

Opening Night and Opera Ball

Orphée et Eurydice: 2017 Opera Ball

Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrates the start of its exciting sixty-third season with Orphée et Eurydice. Opening night attendees are invited to attend the Opera Ball.

Lyric OperaBus

Lyric News, Events & Offers

The latest news, upcoming dates to add to your calendar, and special offers for Lyric patrons!


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