October 2017 Lyric Notes

Stars of Lyric opera at Millennium Park

Welcome to Lyric Notes, Lyric Opera of Chicago's eNewsletter!

Welcome to October with Lyric, where if you need to unplug and feed your soul, we have the beautiful performances to help you do just that. We're celebrating a four-star opening of Orphée et Eurydice featuring the Lyric debut of The Joffrey Ballet (just three performances left — two of which are being taped for Great Performances on PBS and you can be in the audience if you act quickly). We're getting ready to open a star-studded Rigoletto in a new-to-Chicago production. And we're looking ahead to Wagner's thrilling Die Walküre, opening November 1 in a new production, with nearly 100 members of the Lyric Orchestra just waiting to blow your hair back with "The Ride of the Valkyries!" This month's Lyric Notes also highlights The Scorpions' Sting, our opera for young people (Oct 14 & 15), a gala masquerade for young professionals, an invitation to sing with us at Lyric with Choir! Choir! Choir! and much more. With so many ways to make music part of your life, we look forward to seeing you at Lyric this month!

The Journey Continues! What You Need and Want to Know about Die Walküre

What You Need and Want to Know about Die Walküre

Richard Wagner’s monumental Die Walküre opens on November 1 in a brand-new production. This riveting and devastating drama explores complex relationships between brother and sister, husband and wife, father and daughter.

Valhalla Circle

Claim Your Place Amongst the Gods!

In support of our new Ring cycle, we are once again offering the opportunity to join the Valhalla Circle, a giving society tailor-made for fans of Wagner’s epic masterpiece. 

Quinn Kelsey and Matthew Polenzani

Two Verdi Guys in Chicago

Rigoletto marks the first time baritone Quinn Kelsey and tenor Matthew Polenzani have starred together in a Lyric production. These Ryan Opera Center alumni are highly sought after worldwide, and they cherish their ongoing association with Lyric.

Choir Choir Choir

Lyric's Family Opera: The Scorpions' Sting

Lyric Unlimited presents The Scorpions' Sting at the Studebaker Theater this October 14 and 15. A family-friendly opera geared towards kids ages 7-12, this 45-minute musical adventure will delight audiences of all ages!

Choir Choir Choir

Choir! Choir! Choir! Invites You to Sing Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" 10/21

If you find yourself singing along to your favorite songs in the shower or in your car, you’re not alone. Warm up those vocal cords and get ready to become a member of a beautifully-unified choir in just 90 minutes.


Lyric Announces New Program with Chicago Urban League

Last month, Lyric Unlimited, Lyric’s education and community engagement arm, and the Chicago Urban League, an organization that for more than 100 years has opened the doors of opportunity for African Americans in Chicago, announced the exciting news that they will be joining forces on a new groundbreaking, multi-year program, EmpowerYouth! Igniting Creativity through the Arts.

Halloween Masquerade

Bewitching Ways for Young Adults to Engage with Lyric

Students and young professionals looking for ways to support their favorite arts organization, network with other young opera fans, and gain new experiences need look no further! From College Night events to glamorous fundraising galas and board leadership opportunities, there are many ways for young adults to engage with Lyric.

Lyric OperaBus

Lyric News, Events & Offers

The latest news, upcoming dates to add to your calendar, and special offers for Lyric patrons!


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