March 06, 2019

8 Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Music Lover

If you’re like many of us, your inbox is flooded with retail offers at this time of year. Why not celebrate this holiday with a gift that provides a lasting memory of time spent with loved ones?

Whether you’re saying thank you to clients or colleagues, or looking for something unique for the opera lover in your life, a gift from Lyric Opera is a distinctive way to set yourself apart and delight someone twice – once when they open the gift, and then again when they enjoy a wonderful performance. 

We thank you for sharing your love for opera with the people in your life and supporting an art form that offers the best of all of the arts wrapped into one thrilling performance!

Gift Certificates

Give a gift that can be put towards subscriptions (renewal or new), individual performance and event tickets, dining, and merchandise. PURCHASE HERE or call 312.827.5600.

Opera Performances

There is so much opera yet to experience in this season – make 2017 the year when you enjoy a few special nights out! Consider Mozart’s enchanting The Magic Flute or opera’s favorite bad girl, Carmen, for those who are new to opera and those who want to enjoy a time-honored classic. Take a passionate adventure with Norma or Eugene Onegin, or join us at the Harris Theater for the Chicago premiere of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, a chamber opera about the legendary jazz artist.

Two Once-in-a-Lifetime Concert Events

Chicago’s biggest night in music will unfold on Saturday, February 4 when a starry lineup of performers pay tribute to Chicago’s rich tradition of homegrown vocal music. Join Renée Fleming, John Prine, Shemekia Copeland, Matthew Polenzani, The Handsome Family, and more artists yet to be announced for this eclectic gala. BUY NOW

On Thursday, March 9, celebrate the stunning artistry of Plácido Domingo as he performs beloved music from La traviata and more in a grand-scale concert with the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus. This exclusive Chicago appearance is for one night only – BUY NOW

My Fair Lady

You’ll leave the theater singing “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “Get Me to the Church On Time,” and more when you experience this timeless Lerner and Loewe hit, performed by talented members of the Lyric Orchestra and Chorus and a starry Broadway lineup! BUY NOW

Two Intimate Recitals

Itzhak Perlman and Lawrence Brownlee & Eric Owens: The Civic Opera House has been host to countless star artists, and 2016/17 continues that tradition. In April, attend an intimate recital with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, featuring large-screen enhancements that will help you enjoy his every note. Also on tap for that month is a duo recital from renowned opera stars Lawrence Brownlee and Eric Owens, who will perform a wide variety of music ranging from opera to spirituals. 

Backstage Tours

Lyric offers one-hour backstage tours to the public on select weekday mornings at 10am. From the lobby to the orchestra pit, costume shop and backstage area, see the magic behind the performances for just $15. Interested in a more premium experience? The Lyric Guild Board offers exclusive tours each spring. LEARN MORE OR PURCHASE BACKSTAGE TOURS.

Opera Merchandise

From standalone gifts like an opera-themed silk tie or shawl; casual items like mugs, ornaments, and playing cards; or one-of-a-kind finds like our Sir Andrew Davis bobblehead, Lyric’s OperaShop is a great place to find unique gifts for your opera lover. BUY HERE.


For the gift recipient who knows that it’s better to give than to receive, consider supporting someone’s passion for opera with a tax-deductible gift to Lyric in someone’s honor this holiday season.  Your gift supports the work Lyric does on stage, in classrooms, and throughout the Chicago community. DONATE NOW.