News in Brief - October 2015

TEN Exhibit at Lyric Opera


Mark your calendar for upcoming events and activities!

 
Second Nature at Lyric Opera of Chicago

SECOND NATURE, AN OPERA FOR YOUTH – FREE – RESERVE NOW!

Saturday, October 17 at 2pm at Francis W. Parker School

Lyric Unlimited's new opera for families with children ages 7 to 12, Second Nature, from American composer Matthew Aucoin, enjoyed four world-premiere performances at Lincoln Park Zoo in August. The Chicago Tribune lauded the opera as “absorbing and inventive” and “full of whimsical touches.”

Set in a future when humans have retreated from nature because of the deteriorating environment, this 45-minute opera tells the story of two inquisitive and courageous youths who decide to leave the safety of their artificial habitat and work to heal the planet.

Chicago-area families have another chance to see this exciting new work this fall on Saturday, October 17 at 2pm. Admission is free! Reservations are recommended as seats will go quickly. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Join us for this family program!

RESERVE NOW


 
Open House Chicago at Lyric Opera

OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO AT CIVIC OPERA HOUSE

Saturday, October 17 from 9am – 4:30pm

Lyric Opera of Chicago is proud to partner with the Chicago Architectural Foundation for the fourth consecutive year for Open House Chicago, a free, city-wide, behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great places and spaces.

75,000 visitors attended Open House Chicago 2014. The 5th annual Open House Chicago will take place on October 17-18, 2015. During that weekend, visitors will have access to over 200 buildings across Chicago. Explore repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theatres, offices, hotels and more—all for free.

Lyric Opera will open the doors to the Civic Opera House on Saturday, October 17 from 9am – 4:30pm, including a brief performance by members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at 1pm.


Leonard Brownlee

CD SIGNING WITH ISABEL LEONARD AND LAWRENCE BROWNLEE

October 30 from 5-6pm (After the final Cinderella!)


Fans are invited to stay after the final Cinderella (La Cenerentola) matinee on Friday, October 30 at 2pm – or stop by the Civic Opera House from 5pm if you aren’t attending the performance – to meet the stars of the performance when soprano Isabel Leonard and tenor Lawrence Brownlee will do a CD signing in the Rice Grand Foyer. CDs will be available for sale, but no purchase is necessary to meet and greet or get an autograph with one or both of these bel canto sensations!


 
TEN Exhibit at Lyric Opera

TEN: A SEASON OF CREATIVE WOMEN AT LYRIC EXHIBIT

Enjoy Lyric’s New Exhibit During Every Performance

If you’ve ventured down the stairs from the Rice Grand Foyer to the Opera Club Wine Cellar on the lower level of the Civic Opera House in recent seasons, then you know that in addition to a great bar, this space has become a vibrant space for Lyric Opera exhibits. This season, enjoy TEN: A Season of Creative Women at Lyric, a new exhibit that honors the acclaimed careers of ten women directors and designers of the 61st Season through featured photographs, renderings, costumes, videos, and other memorabilia. The creative artists featured in the exhibit are directors Barbara Gaines and Susan Stroman, production designer Vicki Mortimer, costume designers Sue Blane, Jane Greenwood, Constance Hoffman, Susan Mickey, and Catherine Zuber, and lighting designers Paule Constable and Jennifer Tipton.
Join us for TEN, and enjoy the creativity of women that has been central to many of Lyric’s most memorable productions.


BEYOND THE ARIA

Harris Theater in Association with Lyric Unlimited


The Harris Theater presents its second season of Beyond the Aria in association with Lyric Unlimited beginning on October 12. Enjoy internationally celebrated opera singers of Lyric’s mainstage season alongside rising stars from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. The first performance on October 12 at 7:30pm features The Marriage of Figaro stars Amanda Majeski and Luca Pisaroni alongside Ryan Opera Ensemble member Jonathan Johnson. Click here to learn about the full line-up of performances.

 
Opera Bus at Lyric Opera

OPERA BUS OFFERS NORTH SHORE TRANSPORTATION FOR $20
Roundtrip travel available for weekday matinee performances

Starting in 2015/16, Lyric Opera is pleased to launch motor-coach service from a central North Shore location for weekday matinee performances. Park at a Northbrook Court shopping mall and enjoy a round-trip transportation to the Civic Opera House for just $20!

The bus will depart at 11:15am and arrive at the Civic Opera House in time for patrons to enjoy lunch or the pre-opera talk that starts at 1pm before 2pm matinee curtain time. (Please note: There will be a special 10:15am departure time on March 10 in order to arrive by 12pm for Der Rosenkavelier, which has an early 1pm curtain.)


LEARN MORE and call Audience Services at 312.827.5600 to reserve your seat today!


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 ticketholder can enhance their opera performance by booking a reservation at one of Lyric’s two unique restaurants offering marvelous food created by George Jewell.  Reservations are offered around both evening and matinee patrons looking for ambiance, choice, and hassle-free convenience.  Visit lyricopera.org/dining to learn more about your choices or call 312.827.5600 to book your reservations today. Bon appétit!


CELEBRATE NATIONAL OPERA WEEK: OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 1

This year, OPERA America, the national organization that brings together opera companies, artists, and audiences from all over the country, celebrates National Opera Week from October 23 through November 1. National Opera Week is a wonderful time to share this art form that we know and love with new audiences, so be sure to follow Lyric on social media right now, and watch for fun opera-related activities during the last week of October!

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