2020|21 programs

While some of our programs dedicated to Learning and Creative Engagement are suspended this fall due to the ongoing public health crisis, many will continue this season. We have revamped continuing programs for the virtual space, while maintaining program goals, sustaining relationships with our schools and community partners, and meeting the needs of our participants and audience members. 

Questions? Please email Lyric Unlimited - Learning & Creative Engagement at LyricUnlimited@lyricopera.org.

Streaming for Students

Lyric is offering free streaming opportunities of Lyric Unlimited archival recordings to Chicago area students and teachers. Each production will be closed-captioned in English and Spanish, and will be accompanied by online classroom resources. Registration is now available for the following streams:  

  • El Pasado Nunca Se Termina for grades 6-12 (January 25-February 5)
  • Jason and the Argonauts for grades 3-6  (March 15-26)


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Streaming for Students

Lyric is offering free streaming opportunities of Lyric Unlimited archival recordings to Chicago area students and teachers. Each production will be closed-captioned in English and Spanish, and will be accompanied by online classroom resources. Registration is now available for the following streams:  

  • El Pasado Nunca Se Termina for grades 6-12 (January 25-February 5)
  • Jason and the Argonauts for grades 3-6  (March 15-26)


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Opera Residences

Lyric Unlimited - Learning & Creative Engagement is a Chicago Public Schools Tier 1 Remote Learning Partner. Teaching Artists will be offering virtual residency programs in over 40 CPS classrooms this year. Elementary schools will engage in virtual classroom sessions focused on multi-disciplinary arts learning and storytelling through music; while high school choir teachers and students will be receiving support and vocal instruction in virtual choir classrooms.

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EmpowerYouth!

EmpowerYouth!: Igniting Creativity through the Arts is a groundbreaking partnership, launched in 2017, with the Chicago Urban League that immerses Chicago teenagers in the creation of an original performance. In the 2020/21 Season, EmpowerYouth! continues virtually, and consists of members of the 2019/20 ensemble. As in previous years, participants work with professional artistic staff and program facilitators in learning how principles of performance, the written word, music, and dance can translate to their everyday lives.


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EmpowerYouth!

EmpowerYouth!: Igniting Creativity through the Arts is a groundbreaking partnership, launched in 2017, with the Chicago Urban League that immerses Chicago teenagers in the creation of an original performance. In the 2020/21 Season, EmpowerYouth! continues virtually, and consists of members of the 2019/20 ensemble. As in previous years, participants work with professional artistic staff and program facilitators in learning how principles of performance, the written word, music, and dance can translate to their everyday lives.


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Youth Opera Council

Lyric’s Youth Opera Council is a select group of Chicagoland high school students, from a broad range of backgrounds, who share a passion for opera and the performing arts. The purpose of the Council is to encourage and grow youth interest and participation in the arts by helping students develop critical thinking and advocacy skills through student-led activities.

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Public programs inspired by Blue

Inspired by the Chicago premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s opera, Blue, Lyric has developed a slate of public programs geared toward engaging audiences in conversations around contemporary issues relevant to the opera. 

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Public programs inspired by Blue

Inspired by the Chicago premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s opera, Blue, Lyric has developed a slate of public programs geared toward engaging audiences in conversations around contemporary issues relevant to the opera. 

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Lyric for kids

Lyric for kids

A digital activity center specially designed for young audiences, Lyric for kids helps children explore new ways to learn about basic principles of live performance and storytelling, and have fun while doing it! There's something for every member of the family, including a Family Opera Activity Book, fun games, an in-depth Learning Resource portal created to assist with remote learning, and interactive videos created by our teaching artists using Illinois State Board of Education guidelines.

Lyric Unlimited - Learning & Creative Engagement Sponsors

The Beaubien Family

The Grainger Foundation

Robert and Evelyn McCullen

Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc.

Rose L. Shure and Sidney N. Shure

Wintrust Community Banks

Anonymous Donor

Photos: Karli Cadel/ The Glimmerglass Festival, Kyle Flubacker, Lyric Opera of Chicago