Lyric News, Events & Offers for December 2017

Lyric Notes Upcoming Events


Let’s raise a glass to Lyric!

Previously named one of Wine Spectator’s “Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions,” Lyric’s stunning Wine Auction returns to The Ken Pigott Stage of the Ardis Krainik Theatre on April 14, 2018. Orchestrated triennially by the Women’s Board, each auction makes a profound impact on Lyric’s commitment to offer a multifaceted program of education, community engagement, and artistic initiatives, along with unparalleled creative expression.

In 2018, Lyric’s Wine Auction will celebrate its 30th anniversary as a formal affair. The evening will feature a champagne reception, extensive silent auction, elegant dinner, and live auction. Honoree Shirley W. Ryan will be celebrated for her extraordinary vision in creating the first wine auction thirty years ago, and for her ongoing dedication to Lyric and musicality throughout Chicago. Additionally, the Women’s Board is excited to announce its Honored Guest, the incomparable Château Margaux, owned by Corinne Mentzelopoulos alongside her daughter, Alexandra Petit-Mentzelopoulos.

The week leading up to Saturday’s main event will consist of several other exciting activities. On Thursday, April 12, premium sponsors will attend a special pouring of ten to twelve vintners. A private dinner will be held the next evening, Friday, April 13, celebrating the legacy of our Honored Guest, Château Margaux. To find out how you can take part in all three events for Wine Auction, please contact the Women’s Board Office at (312) 827-5682.

Straight No Chaser | Lyric Opera House


Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:00pm
Rice Grand Foyer, Lyric Opera House

General Admission / Standing Room Only

Are you ready to sing, Chicago? Choir! Choir! Choir! blurs the lines between being an audience member and a performer by bringing strangers together to sing popular songs.

All attendees receive a sheet of music lyrics, and are then divided based on voice types and ranges, and taught vocal harmonies. Magically, a beautifully unified choir will be formed within only 90 minutes.

There's no need to have any vocal experience — just come ready to sing and have a good time!

Tickets are only $25 but capacity is limited — secure your spot to be part of this unforgettable Choir! Choir! Choir! experience today!

Straight No Chaser | Lyric Opera House


Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Lyric Opera House
Two Shows! 3pm and 7:30pm

Atlantic Records recording group Straight No Chaser released their new EP, SIX PACK: VOLUME 3, last summer and announced a major U.S. tour. “The Speakeasy Tour” launched in October and lands in downtown Chicago for two performances at the Lyric Opera House on Saturday, December 9. Reserved seats ($59.50/$49.50/$39.50/$29.50) are on sale now through, in person at the Lyric Opera House box office and by phone at 800-745-3000. For complete ticket information and other news, please see

Buy tickets for Saturday, December 9 at 3pm
Buy tickets for Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm

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React + Pitchfork + October present:


with special guest Thundercat 

Friday, December 29, 2017

5pm Beer tasting doors
7pm General doors
8pm Show begins

Hannibal Buress is a wildly popular comedian, writer and actor who is a favorite of fans and critics on big and small screens alike. With his first national-theater standup comedy tour sold out and The New York Times lauding him as one of the most "supremely gifted and respected" comics around, Hannibal is emerging as a comedy superstar. His third hourlong standup special Comedy Camisado is currently streaming on Netflix. He is also a cast member on Comedy Central's hit series Broad City, as well as the cohost of Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show. Buress is a favorite on the late-night circuit and has written for NBC’s Saturday Night Live as well as 30 Rock. He recently appeared in the comedy feature Daddy’s Home alongside Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and appeared in Baywatch for Paramount Studios and Spider-Man: Homecoming film for Sony and Marvel. He also lent his voice to the animated films The Secret Life of Pets and Angry Birds.

Get your tickets now!

Choir! Choir! Choir! at Lyric Opera of Chicago


See Lawrence Brownlee sing new music in a one-night-only performance

Cycles of My Being premieres in Chicago February 22 at the DuSable Museum 

Celebrate Black History Month by taking in an all-new song cycle starring celebrated tenor Lawrence Brownlee this February 22 at the historic DuSable Museum of African American History. Co-commissioned by Lyric Unlimited, Opera Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall, these compelling songs explore the realities of life as a black man in America. Composed by Tyshawn Sorey with lyrics by Terrance Hayes, this is an evening of music you won’t want to miss! Tickets will be on sale soon at, check out your January Lyric Notes for details!

Cycles of my Being


Thursday, December 21 at 6pm

Join Lyric Opera and CorePower Yoga West Loop for Silent Disco Yoga inside the beautiful Lyric Opera House!

Once a month, CPY's Stacey Caron and Marissa Khalaf will lead a one-hour yoga class right in the heart of the Loop. The stunning setting of the Rice Grand Foyer is an epic place to breathe, move, and explore your yoga practice outside of the studio walls. We cannot wait to have you!

Please bring a mat, towel, water, workout clothes, and an open heart. It is sure to be an OM-azing time!

Reserve Your Space Here

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The Chicago Loop Alliance is working hard to tell the story of the valuable role the arts play in our city's vitality. As a proud member of the Chicago Loop Alliance, Lyric asks you to take a few moments to participate in their survey and share the role that the arts plays in your life. You'll also be entered to win some great cultural prizes!


Arts Participation Survey


Tourists, students, architecture fans, and arts lovers shouldn’t miss the experience of a public backstage tour of the Lyric Opera House. 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 been announced through April 2018 — experience a glimpse beyond the footlights and book your backstage tour today!

My Fair Lady at Lyric Opera of Chicago


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 Lyric Opera House and back for just $20 round-trip on the Lyric Bus! Arrive in time to enjoy one of Lyric’s onsite restaurants or attend our free pre-opera talk one hour before the performance.

LEARN MORE and call Audience Services at 312.827.5600 to reserve your seat today!

Lyric Bus


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? Join us for this illuminating series with music historian and opera expert David Buch. Each session 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 creative team who will share insights into set and costume design, interpretation, stagecraft, and more.

Purchase dates individually or as a package to save more! 
$45 Individual Event
$35 Per Event when purchasing 4 or more

See individual opera dates (including the upcoming I Puritani date on January 23) and learn more here.

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