Opera Residencies

Opera Residencies for Schools pair classroom teachers with professional Lyric teaching artists to enrich students’ learning through opera. Programs are available for grades 1-12 and each of our three unique programs are tailored to customized learning objectives and goals identified by teachers.

Through the generosity of Chicago’s philanthropic community, Lyric is able to offer these programs free of charge to a limited number of CPS and Big Shoulders school partners.

Elementary Opera Residency (Grades 1-5)

Opera Discovery Project (Grades 6-12)

High School Choir Residency (Grades 9-12)

Elementary Opera Residency (grades 1-5)

The Elementary Opera Residency enagages students in grades 1-5 in creating and performing an original opera that integrates learning content objectives with arts learning in music, theater, and movement.

Teachers and Lyric teaching artists work collaboratively to develop a custom residency plan that addresses desired learning outcomes while students engage in creative storytelling through the art of opera.

Teachers determine a session schedule that coordinates with the established class meeting schedule and the program can be implemented any time during the school year.

Download Elementary Opera Residency program information

Opera Discovery Project (grades 6-12)

Opera Discovery Project engages students in grades 6-12 in the study of opera through activities that integrate language arts, music, drama, and performance skills. Students gain a rich understanding of a selected work, its history and context, and important themes.

Working in collaboration with the classroom teacher, a Lyric teaching artist guides students through a creative process to reinterpret select operatic scenes with their own words and music.

The program includes a field trip to the Lyric Opera House to attend a final dress rehearsal. Teachers determine a session schedule that coordinates with the established class meeting schedule.

Opera titles and dates include:

  • Rigoletto - Wednesday, September 11, 2024 at 1pm (9th-12th grades)
  • Fidelio - Monday, September 23, 2024 at 1pm (9th-12th grades)
  • The Marriage of Figaro - Wednesday, November 6, 2024 at 1pm (6th-12th grades)
  • Blue - Thursday, November 14, 2024 at 1pm (9th-12th grades)
  • La Bohème - Wednesday, March 12, 2025 at 1pm (6th-12th grades)

Download Opera Discovery Project program information

Opera Discovery Project

High School Choir Residency (grades 9-12)

The High School Choir Residency supports vocal instruction in high school (grades 9-12) choir programs by providing regular, year-round assistance from a Lyric professional teaching artist. Teaching artists work collaboratively with choir teachers to deliver student instruction and foster student artistic growth. The program features three integrated components:

  • Regular, ongoing music learning support in the choral classroom
  • Special guest artists in-school visits
  • Option to integrate an Opera Discovery Project into the High School Choir Residency

Download High School Choir Residency program information

Opera Residencies Sponsors

Opera Residencies for Schools are supported by BMO, Polk Bros. Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation with major support from the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances Fund.

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

Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Jaclyn Simpson