Welcome to Lyric Notes, Lyric Opera of Chicago's eNewsletter

Happy New Year! We look forward to welcoming you back to Lyric as we enter the second half of the 2017/18 season. 

Lyric has two happily-ever-after masterpieces on tap in February. First, Bellini's bel canto favorite I Puritani opens Sunday, February 4. The cast is simply stunning, led by Lyric favorites Lawrence Brownlee and Albina Shagimuratova. Hear more from director Eric Einhorn in this issue.

Rehearsals are also underway for Mozart's beloved Così fan tutte in a production adored by Lyric audiences and critics. You'll want to make sure to treat yourself to this romantic comedy — and battle of the sexes — just in time for Valentine's Day.

There's much more coming your way in this month's issue and throughout early 2018. We hope you enjoy this issue and, as always, thank you for your ongoing support.

Piotr Beczała, Prince of Tenors

Lyric audiences have lavished extraordinary acclaim on Piotr Beczała. The opportunity to sing a solo recital on the stage of the Lyric Opera House is an honor that the company has awarded to few singers in its entire history, and each of these recitals has been a thrilling event for our audiences. You can count on that this season, when Beczała returns to Chicago.

Local High School Students Begin Work on an Original Opera

This past September, Lyric Unlimited and the Chicago Urban League announced EmpowerYouth! Igniting Creativity through the Arts, a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership that immerses 30 African American high school students in the creation of an original opera based on their life experiences. The first year of the program culminates in the presentation of a fully staged, youth-centric opera which the students will perform at the Lyric Opera House.

Acclaim for Lyric's Turandot

Unforgettable music, atmospheric sets and costumes, a compelling story of persistent love melting a frozen heart...Lyric’s performances this month of Puccini’s epic masterpiece, Turandot (featuring the hit tenor aria “Nessun dorma”), are the sure cure for cabin fever, and not to be missed!

You Don't Want to Miss This Once-in-a-Lifetime Event!

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center will hold its third annual fundraising event, Ladies’ Choice, at The Casino Club of Chicago. Superstar alumna Amber Wagner, music director Craig Terry, and the ladies of the Ryan Opera Center hope you will join them.

Lyric Notes is part of the Innovation Initiative made possible by Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan.