September 18, 2020

Lyric Music & More: December 1

Today we join people all around the world to kick off the charitable giving season by contributing to organizations and causes that are important to us and working together to improve our communities. When you make a gift to Lyric in support of #GivingTuesday we'll put your donation to work by continuing music education programs with community partners like the Chicago Urban League, virtual public programs inspired by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson's opera Blue, and continuing to expand to our virtual performance experiences including Pasión Latina, Breaking Down the Score, and Master Classes with Sir Andrew Davis.

Of course, your donation also supports the incredible mainstage opera and musical productions that bring everyone together. So this Giving Tuesday, please consider getting to know us a little better by making a contribution to Lyric. Here to encourage you is Kate Baldwin in our 2016 production of The King and I, singing “Getting to Know You”—please feel free to hum along!

You may notice a new look at as part of phased work we've been doing thanks to generous, dedicated funding. We hope you'll enjoy exploring.

“Getting to Know You” with Kate Baldwin

Kate Baldwin stars in this highlight from Lyric's 2016 production of The King and I.

Take a virtual tour of the Lyric Opera House

Explore the great details in our grand historical home

Our beautiful Lyric Opera House is an architectural gem, in addition to being one of the best places in the world to see and hear opera. Your support helps us maintain and improve this incredible place where we all love to gather. Take a virtual tour of the opera house with Vamonde.

Look around

EmpowerYouth!’s artist mentors

A uniquely talented group

Through partnerships with community organizations like the Chicago Urban League, and virtual in-school learning programs at Chicago Public Schools, Lyric continues to reach thousands of students, and we are grateful to our donors who make these programs possible. We invite you to meet this season's talented slate of artist mentors who will help to bring EmpowerYouth! to life.

Meet the mentors

Roll Call: Policing in Chicago's Black Community, Then and Now

Some history behind a complicated relationship

Good art inspires great discussion, and with the funding we receive from our donors, Lyric can provide opportunities to dig deeper into complex subjects. Inspired by Lyric’s premiere of the opera Blue, Roll Call is a virtual panel discussion focusing on the evolving relationship between the Chicago Police Department and our city’s Black communities.

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Pasión Latina

A free virtual concert

While our stage is dark, your donations support our innovative new virtual programming, including Pasión Latina, a free digital concert celebrating music of the Spanish-speaking world starring renowned soprano and Lyric favorite Ana María Martínez and a host of other artists.

Find your passion

Enrique Mazzola conducts Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Hear works by Stravinsky, Ravel, Mozart, and Wagner

See Lyric Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola conduct the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in two programs on December 3 and 4 at 6:30pm Central / 7:30pm Eastern: Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23. Tickets are just $12.

Get tickets

Master Classes with Sir Andrew Davis

Episode 5: Chris Reynolds

Step behind the scenes as Music Director Sir Andrew Davis leads a series of one-on-one master classes focused on one of his favorite operas: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with members of the 2020/21 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble. In the final episode of the series, hear first-year pianist Chris Reynolds play the Act 1 Overture and Act 2 Finale.

Breaking Down the Score: Attila with Maestro Enrique Mazzola

Part 9: Finale Primo

Attila and his warriors are marching on Italy’s capital when they are stopped by a procession of women and children led by the Bishop of Rome. Attila is terrified as Bishop Leo speaks the same words as the ghost from his nightmare, telling him to turn back. The mighty conqueror is brought to his knees as Act I comes to a dramatic close in Verdi’s thrilling early opera.

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The only truth is music.

Jack Kerouac

Photos: Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival, Kyle Flubacker, Svetlana Pasedko, Todd Rosenberg