Lyric Young Professionals

Lyric Young Professionals

A project of the Renée Fleming Initiative, Lyric Young Professionals (LYP) is a growing group of more than 150 dynamic opera lovers dedicated to building the next generation of supporters for Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Lyric Young Professionals membership is for you if you are:

Between ages 21 and 45

Looking to network with like-minded professionals

Looking to attend unique social events

Interested in learning about opera

Eager to be a part of the next generation of Lyric’s supporters

All LYP contributions directly support The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

As the next generation of Lyric supporters LYP is passionate about creating a sustainable environment for the future of opera. The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center prepares emerging singers and apprentice coaches for careers in opera by providing unique, comprehensive training. Support of the Ryan Opera Center is a key part of the mission and growth of LYP as we not only support these talented artists for their skill, but as vibrant young professionals themselves.

Lyric Young Professionals Board

President Lisa DeAngelis  

Vice President
Martha Grant  

Chris Hanig

Branding Chair
Marne Smiley

Events Chair
Tania Tawil

Fundraising Chair
Jonathon Thierer 

Membership Chair
Evan Fry 

Social Media Chair
Lauren Wood

YP Outreach Chair
Claudine Tambuatco

Member at Large
Vindya Dayananda 

Member at Large
Lena Dickinson 

Member at Large
Fritzi Getz

Member at Large
Laura Guili 

Member at Large
Joe Michalak

Member at Large
Shannon Shin

Member at Large
J.J. Williams 

Become a Lyric Young Professionals Member TODAY!
Click here to join or renew your Lyric Young Professionals membership.

LYP Benefits
*Other Lyric Opera donor benefits may be available based on cumulative annual contribution. Monthly payment plans available in $25+ installments. LYP gifts support the training programs of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center.
**Dues payments are non-tax deductible. Contributions are fully tax deductible.

Download a PDF of the benefits of LYP membership. 

Questions? Contact Andrea Rubens, LYP Coordinator, at 312-827-5656 or

2017/18 LYP Benefits
View All Benefits (PDF)

See the best of the best at Lyric this season — at just $35 a ticket!

These exclusive $35 LYP Medley Series tickets are only available to active members of Lyric Young Professionals at the LYP Member level and up. Call our Audience Services Department at 312.827.5600 for personal assistance today — we’ll help you find the perfect package that works with your schedule.

Choose from the following Medley performance dates: 

Orphée et Eurydice
*Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30pm
^Friday, October 6 at 7:30pm
~Monday, October 9 at 7:30pm
^Saturday, October 14 at 7:30pm
*Thursday, October 19 at 7:30pm
~Monday, October 30 at 7:30pm
Die Walküre
Wednesday, November 1 at 5:30pm (Opening Night)
Friday, November 10 at 5:30pm
^Sunday, November 26 at 1pm
The Pearl Fishers
^Saturday, November 25 at 7:30pm
*Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30pm
~Monday, December 4 at 7:30pm
~Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30pm (Opening Night)
^Friday, December 8 at 7:30pm
*Wednesday, January 10 at 7:30pm
I Puritani
^Saturday, February 10 at 7:30pm
*Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30pm
Friday, February 16 at 7:30pm
Così fan tutte
~Monday February 26 at 7:30pm
*Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30pm
^Friday, March 16 at 7:30pm
*Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30pm
^Friday, March 9 at 7:30pm
~Monday, March 12 at 7:30pm
Jesus Christ Superstar
*Thursday, May 3 at 7pm
^Saturday, May 5 at 7pm
Friday, May 11 at 8pm

Medley Social Series

A guaranteed opera buddy for every (Medley) performance!

Meet and mingle with fellow Lyric Young Professionals before and after select Medley performances.

Can’t make it to these events? Meet us at the LYP banner in Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer during intermission at every Medley performance this season. 

*5:00 PM Pre-Performance Dinner

Pearl Brasserie, 180 N Upper Wacker Dr
Contact at least 2 days before the performance to RSVP.

Join us at LYP preferred restaurant, Pearl Brasserie, for a special $35 prix fixe menu and private dining area for LYP members (and their guests) before curtain. Members and guests are responsible for their own dinner checks. Tickets for the performance not required to attend dinner.

~Pre-Opera Talk
Ardis Krainik Theatre, Lyric Opera House

Enhance your opera-going experience and join fellow operagoers in the Ardis Krainik Theatre one hour before the curtain rises for a free, 30-minute preview talk about the fascinating background of each Lyric production.

Tickets for that day’s performance are required.

^Post-Performance Cocktails
The Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room, Lyric Opera House

Join us after the curtain falls in The Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room for post-performance desserts and drinks with fellow LYP members and their guests. Members and guests are responsible for their own dessert and drink checks.

What is the Medley Series?
A subscription series package offered exclusively to LYP members at the LYP Member level and up. This series allows LYP members to choose from a selection of dates and build a personalized subscription package of three or more operas for $35* each. A minimum of three different opera titles is required to initiate a Medley subscription, and the same title may not appear more than once in a series.

*One-time $6 subscription fee not included.
*$2.50 historic building fee/ticket not included.

Where will my Medley seats be located?

Medley subscribers are assigned to the best available seating within Main Floor and Balcony sections (our favorite seats for sound!) at the time of purchase. We cannot accommodate specific seating requests.

How do I purchase a Medley subscription series?

Once you join LYP you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to purchase your Medley subscription. Medley subscriptions can be purchased by calling Audience Services at 312-827-5600 at which time you will need to choose three or more productions and dates within the Medley Series. Once your subscription is booked you will receive your Print-At-Home tickets in your inbox within 1-3 days of purchase. You must purchase a Medley subscription to take advantage of the $35 Medley ticket price.

Can I bring my friends?

Yes! Medley subscribers may purchase up to two Medley subscriptions, and depending on their membership level, up to two or more additional tickets per season at the special $35 Medley price (see membership levels here).

How do “add-on tickets*” work?

LYP Patron and LYP Associate level members can add on two tickets to each of their Medley performances at the special $35 price. Tickets can only be added to performances and dates already in their Medley Series and are non-transferable.

How do “floating tickets*” work?

Depending on your membership level, LYP Medley subscribers can add up to six tickets to their Medley subscription for the whole season at the special $35 Medley price. Have 4 friends who want to see Turandot, but only 2 Ringheads? Use your floating tickets to stack your performances however you like! Tickets can only be added to performances and dates already in your Medley Series.
*Add-on and floating tickets are subject to availability and we will make every effort to seat additional tickets as close as possible to your current subscription seats.

May I exchange my Medley tickets?

Yes! Free exchanges (made more than 5 days in advance of your performance) are one of the perks of being a subscriber. Exchanges can be made by calling Audience Services at 312-827-5600Íž your new date must also be a valid LYP Medley series date of the same title. If exchanged fewer than 5 days in advance, fees will apply.

What if I want to purchase tickets for a performance or production outside of the Medley series?

As a subscriber you receive a 10% discount off of the standard ticket price on additional opera and musical tickets during the season. The $35 Medley price does not apply to performances outside of the Medley series.

What if I can’t commit to a whole subscription, but I still want to support Lyric and get last-minute ticket deals?

New this year to the Lyric Young Professionals program is LYP Encore. For a $35 annual contribution* young professionals ages 21-45 can join the Lyric Young Professionals at the Encore level, where they gain access to exclusive last-minute ticket deals, networking opportunities, and invitations to special LYP events! Encore dates are announced via email 3-10 days before a performance. LYP members are invited to use the designated promo code to access $59 main floor and $39 balcony seats. Encore seats are available online only and subject to availability.

*All LYP contributions directly support The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

As the next generation of Lyric supporters LYP is passionate about creating a sustainable environment for the future of opera. The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center prepares emerging singers and apprentice coaches for careers in opera by providing unique, comprehensive training. Support of the Ryan Opera Center is a key part of the mission and growth of LYP as we not only support these talented artists for their skill, but as vibrant young professionals themselves.

Cocktails and Conversations 

Our Cocktails and Conversation educational series invites members to engage with Lyric insiders and opera superstars in open discussion providing valuable insight to the world of opera. These events take place at least twice per season. Past speakers include Renée Fleming, Joseph Calleja, Matthew Polenzani, and Lyric Dramaturg Roger Pines.

Medley Social Series

Join us for pre-opera talks, dinners at Pearl Brasserie, and post-performance cocktails surrounding select Medley performances this season. The Medley Social Series is a great networking opportunity to meet members of the Lyric Young Professionals, plus, you will have a guaranteed opera buddy for all your Medley performances! A full schedule of the Medley Social Series can be found on the LYP ticketing tab.

Intermission and Post-Performance Meet-ups

Grab a drink and join us by the LYP sign in the lobby during every Medley performance or in the Pedersen Room after select Medley performances to meet and mingle with other members.

Halloween Masquerade: Gilded

Hosted by the Lyric Young Professionals, Lyric’s third annual Halloween Masquerade welcomed 300 exquisitely costumed guests to the gilded Art Deco interior of the Lyric Opera House for Chicago’s premier Halloween party…with a purpose! This lavish affair featured live music, CH Distillery main floor bars, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and a costume contest judged by drag group, SADHAUS. All proceeds directly supported the emerging operatic talent of the Ryan Opera Center.

2018 Halloween Masquerade date to be announced soon...

Other Events

LYP members also enjoy exciting networking opportunities with other YP groups, invitations to special events at Lyric, and so much more! Click here to join Lyric Young Professionals now.

Interested in sponsoring an event or donating food? 

Contact Andrea Rubens, LYP Coordinator, at 312-827-5656 or to find out how you can join our mission to foster the next generation of Lyric supporters! Event sponsorships begin at $350 and receive benefits aligned with the Lyric Opera giving levels.

Every Dollar Has an Impact

Lyric Opera of Chicago is the crown jewel of Chicago's cultural treasures because of the support of our donors. As a nonprofit performing arts company, we simply could not produce opera at the high level of excellence that you have come to expect from Lyric without charitable contributions from our donors. Every contribution made by a Lyric Young Professional member and all the net proceeds from our events directly support The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Lyric Young Professionals are striving to make a greater impact in the 2017/18 season, and your support is more important now than ever.

Here are the ways you can expand your support for Lyric:

Corporate Giving

Corporate partnerships are critical to Lyric's success. They not only help Lyric meet its financial goals, but also bring Lyric into the greater business community, reaching a wide audience through marketing and partnership promotion. Our business partners support Lyric for a variety of reasons: unique client entertaining opportunities, an association with an esteemed Chicago non-profit, alignment with Lyric's education and community engagement programs, and many more.

You can play a role in helping to grow Lyric's corporate partnerships by soliciting your employer or contacts in your network.

FIRST: Check with the LYP Office to ensure that your targeted company has not already been asked for a gift. We have relationships with more than 60 corporate partners and need to ensure a coordinated effort.

SECOND: If you are soliciting your employer, contact your HR department or your supervisor to learn about the company's giving process and culture.

THIRD: Contact the LYP Office to obtain any solicitation materials you might need. We have sponsor opportunities available for the 2017 Halloween Masquerade at the $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000 levels, and have prepared materials outlining the benefits at each level.

Individual Giving

With the new LYP membership tiers in place it's easier than ever to expand your involvement and giving with Lyric. LYPs have a rare opportunity to unlock benefits beyond the average donor. Please consider upgrading your membership to a higher level and/or giving and additional gift in support of the Ryan Opera Center. As an LYP member, any cumulative gift you make beyond $300 gains you access to not only to benefits at the LYP Associate level but also benefits associated with Lyric's giving levels.

Matching Gifts

Did you know that many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage philanthropy among their employees? Matching gifts provide an easy way to potentially double, if not triple, your original donation to Lyric Opera of Chicago! Simply contact your supervisor or HR department to see if you qualify to upgrade to a higher LYP membership level or tap into Lyric's giving levels at no additional cost to you!

In-Kind Donations

Do you have any connections with local businesses? We need your help!
We are in need of small bite donations for our upcoming Halloween Masquerade event on October 27, 2017.

If you have connections with location caterers, restaurants, bakeries, etc. who you think might be interested in donating to our event please contact Andrea Rubens, LYP Coordinator, at We ask that you kindly refrain from directly contacting your connections until a member of the LYP office has followed up with you regarding next steps. We are happy to customize a benefits package for the company in exchange for their donation including visibility and exposure at the event.