Opera in the Neighborhoods

Opera in the Neighborhoods brings live performances of youth-focused operas to neighborhood venues throughout the Chicago area.

Opera in the Neighborhoods

Learn about our fall 2017 Opera in the Neighborhoods production of The Scorpions' Sting below.

TheScorpionsSting 
An opera for young people based on an Egyptian myth.
Composer and librettist, Dean Burry

While lost in the desert, a group of archaeology students uncover the Lost Temple of Isis, the ancient Egyptian goddess of healing. A mythic tale unfolds as they read the ancient hieroglyphics. Through the story of Isis the students learn the importance of knowledge and the power of forgiveness.

For grades 3-6
Performed by a cast of four singers and a pianist
45 minutes long, plus Q&A with the cast afterwards
No admission charge; suggested donation $65 per classroom
Tour runs October 17 - November 17, 2017
All bus scholarships available for 2017/18 have been awarded. Watch for Bus Scholarships to return in 2018/19 - and act quickly!


Teacher Professional Development will take place at The Field Museum on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9am-12pm. Registration opens August 1.

Dean Burry is an award-winning Canadian composer and librettist whose work was recently featured in the 2014 Opera in the Neighborhoods production of The Brothers Grimm.

Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances Fund. The Scorpions’ Sting and Opera in the Neighborhoods are supported by Lead Sponsor J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes and cosponsors three Anonymous Donors, Joyce Chelberg, Dover Foundation, Brent and Katie Gledhill, Robert and Evelyn McCullen, the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation, the Walter Family Foundation, Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow, and Wintrust Community Banks.

Lyric Unlimited Bus Scholarships are supported by the U.S. Bank Foundation

Lyric Unlimited was launched with major catalyst funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and receives major support from the Caerus Foundation, Inc.

Fall Tour Schedule

Tue, Oct. 17 - North Central College, Pfeiffer Hall, Naperville Wed, Oct. 18 - Barrington High School, Barrington - 12:00 PM reservations are closed Thu, Oct. 19 - Governors State University, University Park - 10:00 AM reservations are closed Tue, Oct. 24 - College of Lake County, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, Grayslake - 10:00 AM reservations are closed Wed, Oct. 25 - College of Lake County, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, Grayslake Thu, Oct. 26 - Addison Trail High School, Addison - 10:00 AM reservations are closed Monday, Oct. 30 - Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago - SOLD OUT Wednesday, Nov. 1 - Curie Metro High School, Chicago - SOLD OUT Thursday, Nov. 2 - Multicultural Academy of Scholarship High School, Chicago - SOLD OUT Monday, Nov. 6 - Lane Tech High School, Chicago - 10:00 AM reservations are closed Wednesday, Nov. 8 - Andrew High School, Tinley Park - 10:00 AM reservations are closed Thursday, Nov. 9 - Senn High School, Chicago Monday, Nov. 13 - Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago - 10:00 AM reservations are closed Tuesday, Nov. 14 - Evanston Twp High School, Evanston - 10:00 AM reservations are closed Friday, Nov. 17 - Schurz High School, Chicago

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