Upcoming Events - December 2015

Backstage Tours at Lyric Opera

Renee Fleming in Concert

Lyric Creative Consultant Renée Fleming Collaborates with Harris Theater

Monday, December 14 at 7:30pm
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Street, Chicago

She's an artist whose talents stretch far beyond her acclaim as an opera star, and Lyric's creative consultant Renée Fleming will be featured in a new innovative program with the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. On Monday, December 14, experience the collaborative musical force when she joins Chicago jazz pianist, singer, and composer Patricia Barber for "Higher: Renée Fleming and Patricia Barber Perform the Music of Patricia Barber."

Friends of Lyric can receive 25% off select seats with promo code RENEE25 through December 13 at 11:59pm.

Buy now.  (Offer cannot be combined with other offers, is not valid on previous purchases or other events.)

Thomas Hampson

More with Harris: Beyond the Aria

Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Street, Chicago

Harris Theater’s intimate Beyond the Aria recital events continue in association with Lyric Unlimited this season. Join some of Lyric’s favorite voices with Craig Terry, pianist and music director for the Ryan Opera Center and Beyond the Aria, at these two upcoming performances:

Tuesday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.: Heidi Stober and Thomas Hampson (The Merry Widow) and Richard Ollarsaba (Ryan Opera Center)

Friday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m.: Danielle de Niese and Anthony Roth Costanzo (Bel Canto) and Bradley Smoak (Ryan Opera Center)

Learn more and reserve tickets.

Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Crèche Concert: Offered in Partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago

Wednesday, December 9 at 6pm
Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave
Tickets: Free for Art Institute members, $10 for non-members
Lyric Unlimited partners with the Art Institute of Chicago to celebrate the return of the Neapolitan crèche. Enjoy a performance of music inspired by the crèche featuring members of Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center.

Learn more and reserve tickets.


Ryan Opera Center Artists on WFMT

Please tune into 98.7 WFMT.com to hear the next broadcast of the Ryan Opera Center recital series — which airs on the first Tuesday of the month at 8pm! Join us on December 1 at 8pm for a program featuring Diana Newman, Patrick Guetti, Mario Antonio Marra, and Craig Terry.

Following the broadcast, this program will also be available for on demand streaming here.

Tree of Giving - Donate Now

Text to Support Lyric at Block 37’s “12 Trees of Giving”

Bordered by State, Randolph, Dearborn, and Washington Streets.

Block 37 is a Chicago Loop destination for great shopping and dining — and for the next month, it’s home to Lyric’s holiday tree! Lyric was one of 12 local nonprofit organizations invited to participate in Block 37’s “12 Trees of Giving” tree-decorating competition, so the entire Lyric Opera family has created a beautiful holiday tree featuring ornaments handcrafted from sheet music. Visitors may vote on their favorite trees by donating $10 via texting TREELYRIC to 27722. You may also vote through using the social media hashtag #GIVE37 and tagging #LYRIC. Lyric will receive all of the proceeds from their votes, so be sure to stop by Block 37 to vote for Lyric’s tree through January 2!

Danielle de Niese

January 17 CD Signing with Soprano Danielle de Niese

Patrons have been enjoying post-performance CD signings this season with some of Lyric’s biggest stars. If a signing is scheduled for after your performance, stay to meet the singers — or come to the Civic Opera House after the performance just to say hello! The next CD signing will be after the January 17 matinee performance of Bel Canto with starring soprano Danielle de Niese. CDs will be available for sale, but no purchase is necessary to meet and greet or get an autograph.

Opera Bus at Lyric Opera

Opera Bus: Space Available for Merry Widow Weekday Matinees

Patrons of both The Marriage of Figaro and Cinderella left behind the stresses of transportation and boarded Lyric’s Opera Bus. In its inaugural season, this luxury motor-coach service invites patrons to park at Northbrook Court and be driven to Lyric’s front door at the Civic Opera House. With arrival one hour before curtain, in time to enjoy dining or pre-opera talks, this service is offered for weekday matinees and costs just $20 roundtrip. Join us for The Merry Widow on December 3, 9, or 11 by reserving with Audience Services at 312.827.5600. Learn more.

Lyric Opera Backstage Tours

Public Backstage Tours — new this season

Select weekdays through April 2016 — Only $15!

From the moment you enter the beautiful and impressive foyer, you’ll be in for a special one-hour experience that will give you behind-the-scenes insights into the vibrant world of grand opera. Join an opera docent and fellow music and theater lovers on a lively adventure behind the footlights. All tours start at 10am on select dates. 

Learn more and reserve your tickets HERE. 

Restaurant Reservations at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Opera House Restaurant Reservations Now Available for Florian Bistro and the Pedersen Room!

Dining reservations are still available for both of Lyric’s convenient and convivial onsite restaurants!  Every ticket holder can enhance their opera performance by booking a reservation at either of Lyric’s two unique restaurants, which offer marvelous menus created by Calihan Catering.  Reservations are available for evening and matinee patrons looking for ambiance, choice, and hassle-free convenience. Visit lyricopera.org/dining to learn more about your choices or call 312.827.5600 to book your reservations today. Bon appétit! 
27th Polish Film Festival

BODY by Malgorzata Szumowska (Poland)

An internationally-acclaimed film BODY by Malgorzata Szumowska, a winner of 2015 Silver Bear at Berlinale and Golden Lions in Gdynia, will have the exclusive Polish Film Festival in America screening on Sunday, December 6th @ 3:00 PM.  in Muvico 18.

A cynical prosecutor and his daughter, who suffers from an eating disorder, are trying - each of them their own way - to recover after the death of a close person. When one day Anna, the girl’s therapist, claims that the deceased contacted her from beyond her grave and that she has a message for them, they will be forced to change their views on life and death…

Starring a Polish screen superstar Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala.

A running time is 90 minutes. The movie is in Polish with English subtitles. No rating.

Tickets are $ 15.00/$ 13.00 (seniors/students), and are available online at www.pffamerica.org or by phone at 773-486-9612.

Muvico 18 is located at 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave. by River Rd. South exit from I-90. The theatre has ample parking, complimentary with a parking ticket validation.