Pre-opera talks

Enjoy free talks before every opera performance

Join us in the Ardis Krainik Theatre one hour before your opera performance begins for a free, 30-minute preview talk discussing that day’s production.

Hosted by an opera expert, our pre-opera lectures allow you the unique opportunity to learn more about the historical context of the opera, the music that makes it a classic, and the creators behind each masterpiece. Arrive early for the opportunity to enhance your opera-going experience, mingle with your fellow operagoers, and be among the first to hear facts exclusive to Lyric productions.

Pre-opera talks are offered before every opera performance and take place on the main floor of the Ardis Krainik Theatre. Seating is unreserved, but a ticket for that day’s performance is required. Talks begin one hour before each performance and doors open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the talks. 

2021/22 Season Pre-Opera Speakers




Colin Ure

The Elixir of Love


Elinor Olin

The Magic Flute


Colin Ure
Florencia en el Amazonas


Eddie Arruza



Elinor Olin

Fire Shut Up in My Bones will feature a video interview with composer Terence Blanchard and starring baritone Will Liverman which may be watched in-person in the theater before the show, or online.

Pre-opera talks are supported by Raynette and Ned Boshell.


Photo: Kyle Flubacker