Audience programs

Whether you're a life-long aficionado or a first-time opera goer, Lyric offers a growing number of introduction and enrichment experiences. These unique initiatives enable Lyric to more deeply engage its patrons while providing new audiences an opportunity to explore the world of opera.

Pre-opera Talks

Lyric offers free informational lectures to patrons before every mainstage opera performance called Pre-opera Talks.


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Pre-opera Talks

Lyric offers free informational lectures to patrons before every mainstage opera performance called Pre-opera Talks.


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Opera Insider

For each opera in 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. 

The Opera Insider Series is currently on hiatus.

Backstage Tours

Experience the Lyric Opera House beyond the footlights with a backstage tour! 

In-person backstage tours are currently on hiatus.

Backstage Tours

Experience the Lyric Opera House beyond the footlights with a backstage tour! 

In-person backstage tours are currently on hiatus.

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

BMO Harris Bank Logo

Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Todd Rosenberg, Jaclyn Simpson