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

Opera in the Neighborhoods has concluded for the 2016/17 season. You can learn about our Fall 2016 production of Jason and the Argonauts below.

Check back in Spring 2017 for more information on our next Opera in the Neighborhoods tour!

Opera in the Neighborhoods - Lyric Opera of Chicago
A new opera for young people based on one of the oldest hero stories in Greek mythology.
Composer, Gregory Spears; librettist, Kathryn Walat

What do you do when your uncle has wrongfully taken your place as king?
If you're Jason, you gather your strongest and wisest friends and set sail on an adventure to find the Golden Fleece and win back the throne!
On their quest they face trials and perils that ultimately teach them what it means to be a true hero.

For grades 3-6
Performed by a cast of four singers and four instrumentalists
45 minutes long, plus Q&A with the cast afterwards
No admission charge; suggested donation $65 per classroom
Tour runs October 17 - November 18, 2016
All Bus Scholarships available for the 2016/17 Season have been awarded. Watch for Bus Scholarships to return in 2017/18 - and act quickly!

Gregory Spears is an award-winning composer whose music is "astonishingly beautiful" according to The New York Times.

Playwright and librettist Kathryn Walat's work has been produced Off-Broadway and by companies across the country.

Jason and the Argonauts was commissioned and premiered by Lyric Unlimited, Lyric Opera's department dedicated to education, community engagement, and new artistic initiatives.

Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances FundJason and the Argonauts and Opera in the Neighborhoods are supported by Lead Sponsor J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes and cosponsors an Anonymous DonorDover Foundation, the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation, 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

Jason and the Argonauts
 will appear in the following venues between October 18 and November 18, 2016.

Tuesday, Oct. 18 North Central College, Pfeiffer Hall, Naperville
Wednesday, Oct. 19 Governors State University, University Park
Friday, Oct. 21 Lane Tech High School, Chicago
Monday, Oct. 24 Curie Metro High School, Chicago
Wednesday, Oct. 26 Addison Trail High School, Addison
Thursday, Oct. 27 Multicultural Academy of Scholarship High School, Chicago Tuesday, Nov. 1 Barrington High School, Barrington
Wednesday, Nov. 2 College of Lake County, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, Grayslake
Friday, Nov. 4 Lake Park High School, West Campus, Roselle
Monday, Nov. 7 Schurz High School, Chicago
Tuesday, Nov. 8 Senn High School, Chicago
Thursday, Nov. 10 Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago
Tuesday, Nov. 15 Evanston Township High School, Evanston
Wednesday, Nov. 16 Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago Friday, Nov. 18 Andrew High School, Tinley Park

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