Lyric News in Brief - September 2015

second nature at Lyric Opera

Dates and details as we start a new season!

Final Auditions at Lyric Opera

Discover a Star!

Sunday, September 20 at 12:00pm

Join us as more than 20 finalists representing the nation’s finest singers vie for a spot in next season’s 2016/17 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble – plus, participate in the process yourself by voting for the singer you believe should receive the “Audience Favorite Award.”  The Final Auditions will take place onstage in the Ardis Krainik Theatre. 

Founded in 1974, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is celebrated as one of the world’s premier artist-development programs. Every year some 400 singers nationwide audition for a chance to be one of 10-15 members of each season’s Ensemble.  These rising stars of tomorrow are in residence year-round for a complete curriculum that includes coaching and performance opportunities alongside today’s greatest opera singers.

For more information about the Final Auditions or additional Ryan Opera Center events and activities, please visit or call 312.827.5696.  

Second Nature at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Second Nature New Opera for Families – Free!

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. Tickets are free, but reserved general admission seating is required in advance. Join us for this family program!


Opera Bus at Lyric Opera

Opera Bus Launches Weekday Matinee Service

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!

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. Watch Lyric’s web site and social media for details about a live performance!