Upcoming Events and Lyric News - October 2016

Lyric Notes Upcoming Events

Join Lyric Orchestra Members for An Afternoon of Chamber Music

November 12 - Tickets only $25

Join members of the renowned Lyric Opera Orchestra on Saturday, November 12 at 2pm at St. James Cathedral as they perform intimate works inspired by Mozart and his masterpiece The Magic Flute. Enjoy this opportunity to experience the beauty of chamber music in a gorgeous Chicago setting with your fellow music lovers! Space is limited — reserve your tickets today!
An Afternoon of Chamber Music

Opera Insider Series – Limited Space Still Available!

Next Session Begins October 25

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? The Opera Insider series will give you all that and more in a casual, relaxed, and social environment.

For each opera of Lyric’s season, music historian and opera expert David Buch hosts a session illuminating the work’s creation, its composer, its musical and dramatic highlights, and its particular magic. Each session will also welcome a special guest from Lyric’s Technical Department to share the inner workings of each production, including set and costume design insights, interpretation, stagecraft, and construction. Join us for the Late Fall Session, featuring sessions on  Les Troyens, Don Quichotte, and The Magic Flute, beginning on October 25, or register for the second half of the year while spots are still open! Space is limited, so click HERE or call 312.827.5600 to register today!
Opera Insider Series at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Beyond the Aria Features Owens, BeczaƂa, Mkhwanazi

October 17 at the Harris Theater

Harris Theater’s intimate Beyond the Aria recital series, in association with Lyric Unlimited, continues this season. Join some of Lyric’s favorite voices with pianist Craig Terry, Ryan Opera Center music director and Beyond the Aria artistic director. The next performance is on Monday, October 17, at 7:30pm and features bass-baritone Eric Owens, starring as Wotan in Lyric’s new Ring cycle; tenor Piotr Beczala, starring in Lucia di Lammermoor; and soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, a member of the Ryan Opera Center who has performed on Lyric’s mainstage.

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Beyond the Aria

Post-Performance CD Signings Offer a Chance to Meet the Stars!

October 9 Das Rheingold with Eric Owens and Sir Andrew Davis

Fans have a chance to stay after the performance to meet the stars and get their autographs at Lyric’s post-show "Meet the Artist" events this season. Whether you’re attending the performance that day, or whether you want to check out the time and stop by the Opera House for the event in the lobby, mark your calendar for the following dates. CDs will be available for sale, but no purchase is necessary to meet and greet or get an autograph with the stars of the stage!

Sunday, October 9    Das Rheingold: Eric Owens and Sir Andrew Davis
Sunday, November 6
  Lucia di Lammermoor: Albina Shagimuratova
Thursday, November 17
  Les Troyens: Christine Goerke and Brandon Jovanovich
Sunday, December 4
  Don Quichotte: Ferruccio Furlanetto and Sir Andrew Davis
Sunday, January 22
  The Magic Flute:  Christiane Karg, Adam Plachetka, and Matthew Polenzani
CD SIgning October

Join Lyric for Open House Chicago at The Civic Opera House

October 15 from 9:00am – 4:00pm

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

The 6th Annual Open House Chicago is a 48 hour festival from October 15-16.  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 15th from 9am – 4:00pm. Learn more.
Open House Chicago

Lyric Partners with the Art Institute of Chicago for Les Troyens

Saturday, October 15 from 2:00 – 3:30pm
Fullerton Hall — Free with Museum Admission

In anticipation of the Lyric premiere of Berlioz's Les Troyens (The Trojans), join us at the Art Institute of Chicago for Love and Fate in Virgil's Aeneid and Berlioz's The Trojans. This program will examine Berlioz's monumental opera and its source, The Aeneid, Virgil's epic poem about the adventure of the Trojan hero Aeneas and the founding of Rome. Virgil scholar Vassiliki Panoussi of the College of William and Mary partners with Lyric Opera dramaturg Roger Pines for this fascinating discussion. Attendees will come away with a renewed appreciation of two of the greatest masterpieces of western music and literature and the art they have inspired — works that thrill us with their grandeur and move us with their humanity. Learn More.
Les Troyens opera tickets at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Sing Your Story: Lyric’s 2016/17 Opera Club Exhibit Launches

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 Sing Your Story, a vibrant chronicle of the Community Created Performances that Lyric Unlimited’s Chicago Voices initiative brought to life this fall. Learn more about Sing Your Story here and follow their stories through the exhibit, and on the Chicago Voices blog!
Sing Your Story

Dining Reservations, SUSHI Bar for Lucia, and Enjoy Wine at Your Seat!

Dining reservations for Lyric Opera’s convenient and sophisticated onsite restaurants are now open for the new season. Reservations are offered for both evening and matinee performances. Visit lyricopera.org/dining to learn more about your choices or call 312.827.5600 to book your reservations today. 

Special: Sushi Bar in the Rice Grand Foyer for Lucia!  It’s convenient and delicious – and it’s being served at Lucia performances, prepared by Executive Chef Tom Osaki of M Square Sushi. Visit Lyric’s Sushi bar on the Main Floor by the stairs down to the opera club, and choose a Nigiri & Maki Combo (8pcs) for $15, a Maki Combo (12 pcs) for $12, or a Single Maki (8pcs) for $8, plus seaweed or edamame sides for $4.  The perfect accompaniment to your opera experience!

Did you know that you can now take beverages to your seat during Lyric performances? Lyric commemorative cups are now available at beverage concessions on all floors, which may be taken in to enjoy during the show. Wine and opera – an unbeatable duet!

Sushi at Lyric

Touch Tours and Other Accessible Lyric Performances

Lyric strives to welcome everyone to the Civic Opera House, and this season, we are proud to be offering an audio described performance for each of our productions for blind or low vision patrons, as well as a newly-launched Touch Tour in advance of every audio described performance. Touch tours allow patrons to feel props and costumes, enhancing the opera experience. For patrons with hearing impairment, Lyric is also hosting an American Sign Language interpreted performance for My Fair Lady in May 2017, and offers projected English text above the stage for every performance. Learn more about Lyric’s accessible programming HERE.
Touch tours at Lyric

Opera Bus Offers North Shore Transportation for $20

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 Civic Opera House and back for just $20 round-trip on the Opera Bus! Arrive in time to enjoy one of Lyric’s onsite restaurants or attend our free pre-opera talk one hour before the performance.

Call Lyric’s Audience Services department at 312.827.5600 to purchase bus tickets for your ride to the opera! LEARN MORE and call Audience Services at 312.827.5600 to reserve your seat today!
Operabus - take the bus to the opera

Feed Your Love for Lyric with a Backstage Tour

See Lyric Behind-the-Scenes with Public Backstage Tours

Tourists, students, architecture fans, and arts lovers have been enjoying Lyric’s public backstage tours, launched last fall. 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 just been announced — experience a glimpse beyond the footlights and book book your backstage tour today!
Backstage Tours at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Half Off Tickets to Apollo Theater Chicago

Thrones! The Musical Parody
returns this fall (through November 13) to the Apollo Theater (2540 N. Lincoln), blending together 21 original songs and the entire six seasons of HBO's hit Game of Thrones into one “thoroughly entertaining event” (Buzz News Chicago). Written by the creative team behind Baby Wants Candy and 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, the production features an all-Chicago cast playing over 40 characters from the hit TV show.
Don’t miss the summer musical that “had the audience falling off their chairs” (Chicago Reader)! Learn more and buy tickets here.