Lyric News, Events & Offers for May 2017

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Lyric Honored with 2017 British-Consul General Award

In recognition of its global thought leadership, Lyric Opera of Chicago has been chosen to receive the 2017 British-Consul General Award.  Dr. Stephen J. Bridges LVO, Consul General, stated that “on behalf of the British-American Business Council in Chicago, we are exceedingly happy to recognize the long-standing and ever-increasing thought leadership of Lyric Opera.  Its impact is manifest in Chicago, the United States, and internationally.”  The Award will be presented to Lyric Opera during the Gala Dinner of the 2017 Transatlantic Conference on May 11 at the Art Institute of Chicago.
In learning of the announcement, General Director Anthony Freud remarked, "On behalf of everyone at Lyric Opera of Chicago, we are extremely honored to receive the 2017 British-Consul General Award. Lyric strives to provide an important cultural service to the city of Chicago and the nation. We are committed to engaging and inspiring large and diverse audiences through the quality and relevance of our work. Opera is the most international of the performing arts and Lyric is proud to present a truly international repertoire, interpreted and performed by major artists from all over the world, attracting a global audience to Chicago and to our opera house.  I am particularly thrilled that this award is in recognition of our global thought leadership. Great works of art are transformational in their power to help us understand ourselves, our fellow citizens and our world. Many thanks for this wonderful recognition."
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Lyric Honored with 2017 British-Consul General Award

Chorus Master Michael Black Visits CPS Students

Each season, beyond the mainstage work that you may enjoy at Lyric Opera House and around the community, Lyric Unlimited is hard at work bringing music into schools throughout the Chicago region. From Opera in the Neighborhoods to student matinees, there are many ways Lyric Unlimited engages students in learning about music and opera, reaching more than 30,000 students and teachers this season. One example of the positive impact that Lyric Unlimited is making in Chicago Public Schools is through its Residency Programs, opportunities for classrooms to host teaching artists on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
On March 14th, Lyric Chorus Master Michael Black shared his expertise and passion for music in a choral clinic with students at Senn High School, one of two CPS high schools that have received year-long vocal training from a Lyric teaching artist, tickets to the Carmen dress rehearsal, and special guest artist visits. We hope you’ll enjoy the video of this special event.
Here’s to the future of the arts! 

Michael Black visits CPS

Ryan Opera Center on WFMT

Sunday, May 7 at 7pm

The Ryan Opera Center takes on rarely heard operatic music in the WFMT 98.7FM monthly recital program featuring the many different artists of the ensemble. Music of Mozart and Korngold is highlighted as well as Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Joining the singers will be pianists Craig Terry and Mario Antonio Marra as well as Lyric Opera Orchestra cellist Calum Cook.

Sponsored by the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation.

Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

American Sign Language Interpreted My Fair Lady Performance

Tuesday, May 16 at 7pm

On May 16 at 7pm, Lyric will host an American Sign Language Interpreted performance of our spring Broadway musical, My Fair Lady. For information on specially-priced tickets for this event, please call Audience Services at 312.827.5600. Lyric is proud to add this ASL-performance to many other accessible performance enhancements. For more information on accessibility at Lyric, click HERE.

My Fair Lady at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Step Behind the Footlights with a Backstage Tour This Summer

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 August — experience a glimpse beyond the footlights and book your backstage tour today!

My Fair Lady at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Bus Added for My Fair Lady by Popular Demand

Wednesday, May 17 1:30pm Matinee

Lyric Opera is pleased to offer luxury motor coach service from Northbrook Court Shopping Mall for weekday matinee performances during the opera season – and now, for one performance of My Fair Lady, too! Join us and avoid the hassles of traffic and public transportation – plus ride to the performance with fellow music 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 (reservations required). Lyric Bus reservations are currently available by phone only. Call Lyric's Audience Services department at 312.827.5600 to purchase bus tickets for your ride to the opera. View My Fair Lady Lyric Bus departure time details.

Lyric OperaBus

Ballet Chicago's Platinum Anniversary

Saturday, May 6 at 2PM & 7:30PM
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601

The acclaimed Ballet Chicago Studio Company celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert program featuring a world premiere by choreographer Frank Chaves set to a commissioned score written by Josephine Lee, president and artistic director of Chicago Children’s Choir, and performed live by Lee and cellist Meena Cho. Platinum Anniversary also features spectacular masterworks by George Balanchine, Ballet Chicago Founder and Artistic Director Dan Duell, and Resident Choreographer Ted Seymour, including Balanchine’s magnificent Serenade.

Learn more and buy tickets.
Ballet Chicago

Northbrook Court

Northbrook Court is the premier shopping destination located in the heart of the affluent North Shore area of Chicago, easily accessible from two main expressways, I-94 and I-294. An elegant center, featuring anchor stores Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, with the inclusion of Apple, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, lululemon athletica, Max Mara, kate spade new york, H&M and Stuart Weitzman, offers best-in-class retail and dining experiences.  Chicago’s Botanic Gardens and Ravinia Festival, the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States, are all within minutes of Northbrook Court.
Northbrook Court

Buy any bottle of wine, get two pastas or pizzas for $10 each

Valid every day (see hours)
Eataly Chicago, 43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

Founded in 2007 in Torino, Italy, Eataly is the largest artisanal Italian marketplace in the world. At over 60,000 square feet, 23 unique eateries, 6 private event spaces, and a cooking school, Eataly Chicago has plenty for visitors to eat, shop, and learn. Dine in their largest restaurant, La Pizza & La Pasta, and show this email to receive two pastas or pizzas for $10 each when you purchase any bottle of vino.

Learn more about La Pizza & La Pasta and reserve your table.


Mangel Florist

The Drake Hotel, along with Mangel Florist and Gifts, is pleased to announce a wonderful promotional partnership with Lyric Opera and its production of My Fair Lady.

Enter to win tickets to My Fair Lady, a one-night stay at the Drake Hotel, a floral arrangement and Derby hat or fascinator from Mangel Florist and Gifts (200.00 value), and complimentary Tea for Two at the wonderful Palm Court in the Drake Hotel.  

Also, extra benefits: All Lyric Opera patrons who come into Mangel Florist and Gifts with a playbill from My Fair Lady and mention that they attended My Fair Lady receive a 15% discount on floral orders and Derby hats and fascinators. 

Visit to enter today!

Mangel Florist