Upcoming Events and Lyric News for December 2016

Lyric Notes Upcoming Events

Save the Date: Bel Canto the Opera Screening Event on January 13


Lyric Opera is excited to announce that Bel Canto, the company's highly-acclaimed commission from composer Jimmy López and librettist Nilo Cruz that made it's world premiere last season, will be broadcast on PBS's Great Performances on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 8pm (check local listings). The opera, which was called "an exhilarating event and a compelling reaffirmation of the transcendent power of music" by Opera News, will be broadcast nation-wide, marking Lyric's first performance on PBS in over twenty years.

In honor of this momentous event, Lyric will simultaneously host a screening of the Bel Canto the Opera broadcast at the Civic Opera House on Friday, January 13th. The event will be free to the public, but will require tickets. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for details on registering for your tickets, or visit lyricopera.org/belcanto, where reservations will soon be available!


Bel Canto the Opera Broadcast

Lyric Opera and the Crèche: A Recital In Partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago


Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 – 7:30pm
Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Tickets: $10 for Art Institute members, $15 for non-members, $5 Students with ID

Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center partners with the Art Institute of Chicago to celebrate the return of the Neapolitan crèche. Enjoy an introduction by curator Rebecca Long and a musical performance featuring Ryan Opera Center members.

Learn more and reserve tickets.


Lyric Opera and the Crèche: A Recital In Partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago

Post-Performance Meet and Greet with Ferruccio Furlanetto & Sir Andrew Davis This Sunday


Sunday, December 4


Fans have a chance to stay after the performance to meet the stars and get their autographs at Lyric’s post-show "Meet the Artist" events this season. Whether you’re attending the performance that day, or whether you want to just stop by the Opera House for the event in the lobby, we look forward to welcoming you. CDs will be available for sale, but no purchase is necessary to meet and greet or get an autograph with the stars of the stage!

Join us this Sunday, December 4, after 4:30pm, to meet and greet Don Quichotte stars Ferruccio Furlanetto and Sir Andrew Davis and plan ahead to join us for additional opportunities. LEARN MORE

Ferruccio Furlanetto and Sir Andrew Davis Meet and Greet

Chicago Voices VIEW and Chicago Voices TALK – Join Us for Special Events


Lyric Unlimited’s Chicago Voices initiative is offering an exciting series of events celebrating Chicago’s rich vocal traditions. Check out what’s new:

Chicago Voices VIEW: Tonight, December 2, three noteworthy photographic exhibitions will open around the city. Curated by graduate students from the School of the Art Institute, the photo exhibitions will pay homage to some of the most creative and influential vocalists in America, all of whom have ties to Chicago. Some of the high-powered artists featured include blues legends Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf; the “Queen of Gospel” Mahalia Jackson; “King of Soul” Sam Cooke; Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder; Wilco singer/ songwriter Jeff Tweedy; and beloved folksinger and songwriter Steve Goodman. Each of the exhibition locations will feature its own unique collection of photographs of vocalists who grew up, lived in, or have ties to the area. 

The exhibitions, running concurrently over two months this winter, will be open to the public at these locations: 
West Side: Homan Square Community Center
South Side: Ancien Cycles & Café
North Side: Old Town School of Folk Music

Chicago Voices TALK: A series of panel discussions and live performances presented in partnership with the Chicago History Museum, kicks off in January. The talks will focus on Chicago’s colorful vocal history and the pioneers who have contributed to the gospel, classical, and hip-hop musical genres. Ayana Contreras, WBEZ contributor and host of Vocalo’s Reclaimed Soul, will moderate the three panels (held at Chicago History Museum), which will feature music experts, dynamic live performances from local Chicago artists, and Q&A sessions with the audience. The panels will focus on Gospel (January 15, 5pm), Classical (January 24, 7pm), and Hip-Hop (January 31, 7pm). 

Chicago Voices TALK and Chicago Voices VIEW are made possible by support from J. Thomas Hurvis, Parent Power Chicago, and Bank of America.


Chicago Voices Talk

Ryan Opera Center Artists on WFMT


Please tune in to 98.7WFMT to hear the next broadcast of the Ryan Opera Center recital series on Sunday, December 4 at 7pm! Hear Ryan Opera Center members Annie Rosen and Patrick Guetti accompanied by guest pianist Alan Darling. Learn more.

Broadcasts are generously sponsored by Julie and Roger Baskes.

Annie Rosen and Patrick Guetti

Opera Insider Series – 2017 Series Reservations Now Open!


Ever wish you knew more about an opera before seeing it for the first time? Ever wanted a deeper understanding of an opera you already know and love? The Opera Insider series will give you all that and more in a casual, relaxed, and social environment.

For each opera of Lyric’s season, music historian and opera expert David Buch hosts a session illuminating the work’s creation, its composer, its musical and dramatic highlights, and its particular magic. Each session will also welcome a special guest from Lyric’s Technical Department to share the inner workings of each production, including set and costume design insights, interpretation, stagecraft, and construction. The second half of the season features Norma, Carmen, Eugene Onegin, and the premiere of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, running on four Tuesdays from January 17 – February 7, so click HERE or call 312.827.5600 to register today!

Opera Insider Series at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Make Your Holiday Season Sparkle with Behind-the-Scenes Fun: Lyric Backstage Tours in December


Tourists, students, architecture fans, and arts lovers have been enjoying Lyric’s public backstage tours, launched last fall. Given on select weekdays at 10am, these tours offer an introduction to the many areas of Lyric’s behind-the-scenes magic. New dates have just been announced — experience a glimpse beyond the footlights and book your backstage tour today!

Backstage Tours at Lyric Opera of Chicago


North Shore Opera Bus – Seats Still Available This Season with Roundtrip Travel for $20


Lyric Opera is pleased to offer luxury motor coach service from Northbrook Court Shopping Mall for weekday matinee performances. Stop by the mall early and indulge in your best-loved brands, and then avoid the hassles of traffic and public transportation. Plus, ride to the opera with fellow opera lovers! You can drive to Northbrook Court, park, and let us do the driving to the Civic Opera House and back for just $20 round-trip on the Opera Bus! Arrive in time to enjoy one of Lyric’s onsite restaurants or attend our free pre-opera talk one hour before the performance.

Call Lyric’s Audience Services department at 312.827.5600 to purchase bus tickets for your ride to the opera! LEARN MORE and call Audience Services at 312.827.5600 to reserve your seat today!

Operabus - take the bus to the opera

Make Your Performance Sweeter with Lyric chocolate!


Lyric’s food and beverage services are always striving to add more enjoyment to your performances. You can now take your beverage to your seat, if purchased in a Lyric cup – and you can pre-order drinks to pick up during intermission. Plus, select performances feature fresh sushi prepared onsite, and now Lyric is offering signature chocolate bars. Try one at your next performance – it will be music to your taste buds!

Lyric Chocolate

Chicago Chamber Choir


Carols by Candlelight: A Holiday Sing-A-Long

December 10, 17, and 18 at various locations


Celebrate the glow of the season with enchanting and cherished holiday music as we revisit this CCC tradition. Surrounded by candles and holiday greenery, the rich voices of CCC will ring in the season with contemporary and traditional settings of exquisite carols--what better way to kick off your winter holiday? Beloved settings by choral favorites John Rutter, Alice Parker, and Robert Shaw are just a few of the familiar works on this program. In case that isn't enticing enough, the CCC will also premiere a brand-new arrangement by local composer Wayland Rogers.

Tickets (just $20) and more information are available at www.chicagochamberchoir.org.


Chicago Chamber Choir


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