Opera in the Neighborhoods

Lyric’s Opera in the Neighborhoods program brings live performances of youth-focused operas in neighborhood venues throughout the Chicago area. Programmed for grades 3-6, Opera in the Neighborhoods is free to schools with a suggested donation, and bus scholarships are available for qualifying Chicago Public schools. Operas presented during this program are written by living composers, sung in English, are approximately 45-minutes long, and feature relevant topics to young people.

Opera in the Neighborhoods typically consists of a 5-week tour, visiting 15 venues, and presenting approximately 30 performances. On average, approximately 17,000 students attend an Opera in the Neighborhoods performance each year.

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Lyric Unlimited - Learning & Creative Engagement Sponsors

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Robert and Evelyn McCullen

Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc.

Rose L. Shure and Sidney N. Shure

Wintrust Community Banks

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