News in Brief - November 2015

Backstage Tours at Lyric Opera

Opera Bus at Lyric Opera

All Aboard the Opera Bus – Next Up: The Merry Widow

Patrons of both The Marriage of Figaro and Cinderella left behind the stresses of transportation and boarded Lyric’s Opera Bus. In its inaugural season, this luxury motor-coach service invites patrons to park at Northbrook Court and be driven to the front door of Lyric Opera. With arrival one hour before curtain, in time to enjoy dining or pre-opera talks, this service is offered for weekday matinees and costs just $20 roundtrip. Join us for The Merry Widow on December 3 or 11 by reserving with Audience Services at 312.827.5600. Learn more.

Buy Lyric Opera Gift Certificates for the Holidays.

Lyric Has the Perfect Gift for the Holidays!

In 2014, hundreds of opera lovers gave the gift of an unforgettable performance for the holidays by purchasing a Lyric sampler package or gift certificate for a friend, family member, client, or colleague. Lyric offers gift certificates in any denomination, as well as holiday packages that start for as little as three operas for $99. If you’re looking for an original gift that the recipient can enjoy all season long, give the gift of Lyric! Call 312.827.5600 to purchase a gift certificate or sampler package today.

Want to honor an opera lover who already subscribes? Making a donation to Lyric in someone’s honor is a wonderful way back to give back to the arts and support an art form that you love.

David Portillo

David Portillo in Recital

Tuesday, November 17 at 6pm
National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago
FREE (Registration required)

David Portillo, one of today’s leading artists who is featured in Wozzeck and is an alumnus of the Ryan Opera Center, presents an evening of songs, zarzuela, and boleros by celebrated Latin-American composers at the National Museum of Mexican Art, accompanied by pianist Shannon McGinnis. A reception with the artists will follow the performance.

Learn more and reserve tickets.

Thomas Hampson

Beyond the Aria

Tuesday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. 
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Street, Chicago

Join Heidi Stober and Thomas Hampson (The Merry Widow), Richard Ollarsaba (Ryan Opera Center), and Craig Terry (pianist, Beyond the Aria music director, and Ryan Opera Center music director) for this intimate recital event as part of the Harris Theater’s Beyond the Aria series in association with Lyric Unlimited.

Learn more and reserve tickets.

Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Crèche Concert: Offered in Partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago

Wednesday, December 9 at 6pm
Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Tickets: Free for Art Institute members, $10 for non-members

Lyric Unlimited partners with the Art Institute of Chicago to celebrate the return of the Neapolitan crèche. Enjoy a performance of music inspired by the crèche featuring members of Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center.

Learn more and reserve tickets.

More Ryan Opera Center Artists on WFMT

Please tune into 98.7WFMT to hear the next broadcast of the Ryan Opera Center recital series — which air on the first Tuesday of the month at 8pm! Join us on December 1 at 8pm for a program featuring Diana Newman, Patrick Guetti, Mario Antonia Marra and Craig Terry.

Following the broadcast, this program will also be available for on demand streaming here.


Lyric Opera Backstage Tours

Public Backstage Tours — new this season    

Select weekdays through April 2016 — Only $15!
From the moment you enter the beautiful and impressive foyer, you’ll be in for a special, one-hour experience that will give you behind-the-scenes insights into the vibrant world of grand opera. Join an opera docent and fellow music and theater lovers on a one-hour adventure behind the footlights. All tours are at 10am and leave on select dates.

Learn more and reserve your tickets HERE. 


Restaurant Reservations at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Opera House Restaurant Reservations - Now Available!

Dining reservations for Lyric Opera’s convenient and delicious onsite restaurants are now open for the 2015/16 Season.  Every ticket holder can enhance their opera performance by booking a reservation at one of Lyric’s two unique restaurants offering marvelous food created by Calihan Catering.  Reservations are offered around both evening and matinee patrons looking for ambiance, choice, and hassle-free convenience. Visit to learn more about your choices or call 312.827.5600 to book your reservations today. Bon appétit!