Upcoming Events and Lyric News - September 2016

Upcoming Events at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Season Preview Concert - Save the Date!

On Tuesday September 27 at 6:30pm, Lyric hosts a thrilling season preview concert that will feature both a musical preview of the upcoming season performed by members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, and a season overview by Roger Pines, Lyric’s dramaturg.

Donors to Lyric will soon be receiving invitations for exclusive seating for this season launch event – and this year, a limited number of free balcony tickets will be available to the public! Stay tuned to your Lyric email.

The Season Preview Concert is made possible by support from the Komarek-Hyde-McQueen Foundation/ Patricia Hyde and the Lake Geneva Chapter. This free event, chaired by Vee Minarich, is a project of the Chapter's Executive Board and the Chapter volunteers.
Season Preview Concert

Save the Date: Lyric from the Inside — A Free Open House Event!

Lyric invites you to explore the inner workings of our world-renowned opera company, as part of our season-opening week. Join us on Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30-7pm for Lyric from the Inside, an open house event at the Civic Opera House!

Enter via the Civic Opera House loading docks on Washington Street and Wacker Drive, walk on stage through the set of the new production of Das Rheingold, visit the orchestra pit, try on costumes, see demonstrations of stagecraft, and more — including a short performance of live opera music by a member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. Stay tuned to your Lyric email for more information on this free, public event!
Lyric From The Inside

New Event Announced: An Afternoon of Chamber Music

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 beautiful setting with your fellow music lovers! Space is limited — reserve your tickets today!
An Afternoon of Chamber Music

OPERA INSIDER SERIES: Registration Now Open!

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. The fall session, featuring classes on Das Rheingold, Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Troyens, Don Quichotte, and The Magic Flute begins on September 27. Space is limited, so click HERE or call 312.827.5600 to register today!
Opera Insider Series at Lyric Opera of 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

Tune-In Alert: Lyric on WFMT This Fall

Announcing 2016 Operathon Date and Broadcasts!

If you love opera and love learning about Lyric, then join us for our annual Operathon broadcast on Saturday, October 15, live from 9am to 7pm. You’ll hear interviews, fascinating conversations, and sublimely beautiful music as we join together to support the important work that Lyric does in the Chicago community.

Then, stay tuned for the opening night broadcast of Lucia di Lammermoor! Join Lyric's dramaturg Roger Pines and WFMT's midday program host, Lisa Flynn, as they co-anchor this season's broadcasts. Tune in for the operas, plus commentary and special features. Listeners will have access to line-by-line translations in real time online at lyricoperalive.org.

Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park    Fri., Sept. 9 at 7:15pm  
Das Rheingold  (Wagner) 
  Sat., Oct. 1 at 5:45pm 
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
  Sat., Oct. 15 at 7:15pm
Les Troyens (Berlioz)
  Tues., Nov. 15 at 7:15 p.m.* (taped from 11/13) 
Don Quichotte (Massenet)
  Sat., Nov. 19 at 7:15pm 
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
  Sat., Dec.10 at 7:15pm 
Norma (Bellini)
  Sat., Jan. 28 at 7:15pm 
Carmen (Bizet)
  Sat., Feb. 11 at 7:15pm 
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
  Sun., Feb. 26 at 1:45pm 

*This will be a delayed broadcast of the live opening from 11/13. Encore spring broadcast dates will be shared later in the season.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts are generously sponsored by the Caerus Foundation, Inc., with matching funding provided by The Matthew and Kay Bucksbaum Family, The John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Foundation, and Richard P. and Susan Kiphart.

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!
Lyric Opera Opera Bus

Feed Your Love for Lyric with a Backstage Tour

New Dates Added for Lyric 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 your backstage tour today!
Backstage Tours at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Dining Reservations Open to Subscribers on September 6

General Public Dining Reservations Open on October 3

Dining reservations for Lyric Opera’s convenient and sophisticated onsite restaurants are now open to subscribers for the new season. Lyric patrons can enhance their opera performances by booking reservations at one of Lyric’s two unique restaurants offering marvelous food, great ambiance, and hassle-free convenience. 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. Bon appétit!