Lyric News, Events & Offers for February 2018

Lyric Notes Upcoming Events


If you are a Lyric season package holder, have you reserved your free tickets to Lyric’s 2018/19 Season Preview event? On Tuesday, February 6 at 6pm, join General Director Anthony Freud, Music Director Sir Andrew Davis, and WFMT’s Carl Grapentine at the Lyric Opera House and be among the first to hear what next season will hold, straight from Lyric’s leadership. You’ll hear a brief performance by stars of the Ryan Opera Center, and enjoy complimentary wine. (Doors open at 5:30pm.)

Information on this event was sent by email and mail. If you need help registering, call Audience Services at 312.827.5600 for assistance – we hope you’ll join us!

Season Preview


Tune in to 98.7WFMT on February 4 at 7pm to listen to members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center as they present a collection of old and new waltzes in an ensemble program. You'll hear soprano Ann Toomey, mezzo-soprano Lindsay Metzger, tenor Josh Lovell, and bass-baritone Alan Higgs, with pianist Madeline Slettedahl and Music Director Craig Terry in this delightful program.

Ryan Opera Center on WFMT


Monday, February 5, 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
Harris Theater

The third Beyond the Aria of the season features bel canto master Lawrence Brownlee (tenor) alongside his costar of Lyric’s I Puritani, Ryan Opera Center alumnus Anthony Clark Evans (baritone), and current Ryan Opera Center soprano Ann Toomey on the intimate stage of the Pritzker Pavilion. With pianist and Beyond the Aria Artistic Director Craig Terry

Next up, on March 1, you'll hear Così fan tutte’s Ana María Martínez and Andrew Stenson, and the Ryan Opera Center’s Lindsay Metzger. With pianist and Beyond the Aria Artistic Director Craig Terry.

Beyond the Aria
Beyond the Aria


Lyric's NEXT program cultivates the "next" generation of opera lovers, offering $20 tickets for current college students with a valid student identification. On Friday, February 16, Lyric welcomes NEXT for I Puritani College Night! A $20 NEXT ticket includes a second-intermission reception with refreshments and a Q&A session with a member of Lyric's artistic team. Tickets are limited and selling fast — make sure the Chicago-area college students in your life are signed up for NEXT emails to be notified of NEXT Now dates, eligible single-ticket dates, and special events.

Cycles of my Being


Saturday, April 7, 2018   11am — 3pm

Lyric Unlimited is excited to offer a day of behind-the-scenes fun and exploration with our inaugural Family Day at Lyric! You’ll get exclusive access to Lyric’s backstage areas, including the orchestra pit, props area, costume department, and more. Enjoy demonstrations of operatic stagecraft and costume try-ons throughout the day. The program is geared specifically to children aged 5 to 10—but the entire family can learn something new about opera at this unique event. Family Day is priced at $10 for adults and $5 for children. Save the date on your calendar today and make a Lyric memory at Family Day!

Choir! Choir! Choir! at Lyric Opera of Chicago


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


April 27 - May 20

Lyric's grand-scale Broadway musical is on the way, and if you have a group of 10 or more who would like to save on tickets, receive fantastic customer service, and enjoy a complimentary ticket for the group leader, now is the time to reserve your seats! Alumni groups, book clubs, professional organizations - or just a group of great friends - you won't want to miss this award-winning production from London filled with high-powered dance and Andrew Lloyd Webber's unforgettable music.

Student matinees are also available with special rates!

To learn more, email or call 312.827.5613.

Wine Auction at Lyric Opera of Chicago