Lyric Music & More: September 1

Lyric has some exciting news to share: Our new theater seats are here and ready to be installed! Get an inside look at the hard work that’s gone into this massive renovation, with photos capturing the auditorium after the removal of the old seats, and join General Director Anthony Freud as he walks us through the new features. These extensive upgrades have us even more excited for the day when we can return to our home away from home, on Wacker Drive.

Plus, mark your calendars for our free virtual concert For the Love of Lyric on September 13, enjoy a new set of fun activities for kids, learn about opera overtures, watch bass Soloman Howard perform “Going Home” at the Kennedy Center, and hear a moving plea from Sondra Radvanovsky and Keri Alkema to #SaveTheArts.

Take your seat

A free virtual concert packed with star power

For the Love of Lyric

An incredible lineup of starry singers including Lyric's Special Project Adviser Renée Fleming, Heather Headley, Ailyn Pérez, Soloman Howard, J'Nai Bridges, Julia Bullock, and the Chicago Children's Choir come together for a free virtual concert from the stage of the Lyric Opera House. Don’t miss the premiere on Sunday, September 13.


There's no better time to instill a love of music and opera

Virtual Activities for Kids

Do you know some young ones who love music? Get them hooked on opera with new activities from Lyric! From coloring pages to craft projects, Lyric has plenty of ways to keep kids learning and entertained while they’re at home.


A very brief introduction to this musical form

Opera 101: Overtures — Let's start at the very beginning...

What exactly is an overture? Find the answer, and take a tour through some of the most important and well-known overtures in the repertoire, with Opera 101.


An outstanding bass artist

Soloman Howard: “Going Home”

Bass Soloman Howard has performed on many of the world’s great stages, including at Lyric in Luisa Miller in 2019 and with Lawrence Brownlee and Friends last fall. He returns in For the Love of Lyric on Sunday, September 13. Enjoy his moving performance of the hymn “Going Home,” from the Kennedy Center.


We’re all in this together


Lyric favorite Sondra Radvanovsky and the wonderful soprano Keri Alkema join with a community of artists and the entire entertainment industry in reflecting on the challenges of a pandemic, and the importance of maintaining hope. Their moving performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone" is a timely reminder that we're all in this together.

Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.

George Eliot

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Photos: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Kyle Flubacker, Todd Rosenberg, Scott Suchman Photo