Lyric News, Events & Offers for March 2018

Lyric Notes Upcoming Events


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


Sunday, March 4
7:00 pm

Please tune in to 98.7WFMT to enjoy the Ryan Opera Center recital series! On Sunday, March 4 at 7:00pm, soprano Whitney Morrison, baritone Takaoki Onishi, and pianist Madeline Slettedahl will perform a program featuring beautiful songs from the 20th century. 



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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Claim Your Place Amongst the Gods!

We are currently offering early access to purchase 2020 Ring cycle packages that include a Valhalla Circle contribution. Donors who purchase these packages will receive eligible Valhalla Circle benefits during the 2020 Ring cycles. Please visit our 2020 Ring page to review these benefits and purchase your package.

PLEASE NOTE: Donors who give through this page will receive annual Valhalla Circle benefits during our 2018/19 production of Siegfried only.

We are once again offering the opportunity to delve deeper into the Ring by joining the Valhalla Circle—a giving society designed specifically for fans who wish to learn more from Lyric's artistic staff while mingling with fellow "Ringheads."

If you have questions, or if you would prefer to give by phone, please contact 312.827.3500.

Siegfried - The Ring Cycle at Lyric Opera of Chicago


Tuesday, March 20, 2018
7-9 p.m.
The Second City e.t.c. Theater
230 W. North Ave, 2nd Floor

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind collaboration featuring Ryan Opera Center ensemble members and actors from The Second City interpreting your favorite arias through song and improv together on one stage!

General Admission $49
Lyric Young Professionals Members $39*
Ticket includes 2 drink tickets. Additional food and beverage available for purchase

Benefiting The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

*Offer only valid to Lyric Young Professionals at the LYP Member level and above. Offer only redeemable over the phone by calling Audience Services at 312-827-5600. 1 ticket purchase maximum. Contact the Young Professionals office at 312-827-5656 or to learn more about LYP membership and benefits.

Improv and Arias


Witness the most epic drama ever told amplified LIVE at Chicago's iconic Lyric Opera House. For one night only, join stars from Lyric's Jesus Christ Superstar in celebration of this groundbreaking production for an exclusive after-party following the performance. One-way transportation from the opera house to The Murphy Chicago is included. A sold-out event is anticipated, please call 312.827.5682 for more information.

Presented by the Lyric Opera of Chicago Women’s Board and the Guild Board of Directors
Katherine Harvey | Women's Board
Marc Lacher & Daniel T. Manoogian | Guild Board

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