Lyric News, Events & Offers for January 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, 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 312.827.3600 for assistance – we hope you’ll join us!

Season Preview


See Lawrence Brownlee perform new music in a one-night-only recital

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. Presented as a co-commission between Lyric Unlimited, Opera Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall, the compelling music will 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 start at just $15 and are available now at or by calling 312.827.5600.

Cycles of my Being


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!

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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.

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March 10, 2018  7:30pm

As the world celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, Lyric is gearing up for a thrilling concert event on March 10 at the Lyric Opera House. Audiences will hear Bernstein’s captivating, one-act opera Trouble in Tahiti, both funny and poignant, starring Susan Graham as Dinah and Nathan Gunn as Sam, along with a trio of singers from the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble. The second half will feature Kate Baldwin and other voices from the evening in a program of beloved gems from the Bernstein vocal catalog. Don’t miss this monumental celebration of an American icon! Learn more here.

Wine Auction at Lyric Opera of Chicago


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.

$45 Individual Event

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

Yoga at the Opera


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


Enjoy 15% Off All Performances* of Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare

Climb into a musical time machine with Jack and Annie and travel back to Shakespearean England! In this Midwest premiere, the daring sibling duo learns to overcome stage fright to save the famed bard’s show. Based on the critically-acclaimed book series by Mary Pope Osborne, this tuneful tale is a hip-hop hit with kids and grown-ups alike.

Click here to purchase or go to and use code MTHLYR.

*Good for all performances of Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare, Saturday, February 10 excluded. Maximum six tickets. May not be applied to previously purchased tickets or combined with any other offer.

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