Student & teacher programs

Lyric serves elementary through high school students and teachers with school residency programs, teacher workshops, opera house tours, and special performances.


Programs for the upcoming season:

Performances for Students (Grades 6-12)
Free Student Dress Rehearsals (Grades 6-12)
Opera Residencies (Grades 1-12)
Opera in the Neighborhoods (Grades 3-6)
Streaming for Students (Grades 6-12)

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Performances for Students (grades 6-12)

See world-class performances with your students at the Lyric Opera House.

  • For grades 6-12
  • Tickets starting at $20
  • Free online classroom resources
  • Bus scholarships available to qualifying CPS schools

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Free Student Dress Rehearsals (grades 6-12)

Lyric offers free dress rehearsal passes for qualifying middle and high schools. Passes are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Opera Residences (grades 1-12)

Lyric teaching artists partner with classroom teachers to create custom learning experiences that support music, arts, and academic learning goals.

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Opera in the Neighborhoods (grades 3-6)

Live performances of youth-focused operas in neighborhood venues throughout the Chicago area. 

  • For grades 3-6
  • 45 minutes long, plus Q&A with the cast afterwards
  • No admission charge
  • Bus scholarships available to qualifying schools


Streaming for Students (grades 6-12)

This season, Lyric Opera of Chicago is offering streaming access for students to our mainstage productions, free of charge. These productions will be closed-captioned in English and Spanish, and accompanied by online classroom resources. Access is limited to 100 student viewers per school. 

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Lyric Unlimited - Learning & Creative Engagement Sponsors

Anonymous Donor

Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances Fund

Dr. Scholl Foundation

BMO Harris Bank Logo

Walter Family Foundation

The Richard P. & Susan Kiphart Family

Shure Charitable Trust

Eisen Family Foundation

Robert and Evelyn McCullen

Marsha Serlin and Jerry Sloan

Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc.

Terry J. Medhurst

Mazza Foundation

Buehler Family Foundation

Wintrust Community Banks

Helen Brach Foundation

The Siragusa Family Foundation

Polk Bros. Foundation

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

Raynette and Ned Boshell

John and Rosemary Brown Family Foundation

John Hart and Carol Prins

The Simon Family Foundation

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