March 06, 2019

Beat the Summer Heat! Great single-ticket prices for cool shows on sale July 10.

Those July 4th fireworks are really an early celebration of single tickets going on sale for Lyric’s exciting 2017/18 season!

Starting at 10am on Monday, July 10, you can get the best selection and widest choice of performance dates for individual operas and special events. For Lyric subscribers, this is a great chance to snag extra tickets for friends and family, or for performances not in your subscription. 

Who should see what this season? These slightly cheeky thumbnail suggestions may help you decide.

A sudden tragedy robs newlyweds of their happiness. What will it take to recapture love? 

Who should see it: Dance aficionados, anyone who likes the music of Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, and Handel; hopeless romantics, fans of ancient Greek mythology.

A widowed father fiercely protects his teenage daughter, not realizing she has a secret boyfriend – his boss in disguise. 

Who should see it: Opera newcomers, fans of Victor Hugo (who wrote Les MisérablesThe Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the play on which this opera is based, Le roi s’amuse), fans of Verdi, lovers of great hummable melodies, teens and their parents.

The most famous installment of Wagner’s epic Ring delves into complex relationships between gods and mortals, siblings, spouses, father and daughters, and more. Plus, there’s nothing better than hearing the thrilling “Ride of the Valkyries” performed live and in context, vs. in a Doritos commercial. 

Who should see it: Fans of The Lord of the RingsWonder Woman, Norse mythology, comic books, Bugs Bunny, epic storytelling, majestic and passionate music, immersive experiences.

Best friends fall in love with a beautiful priestess and vow to hold their friendship sacred in a famously beautiful duet. One breaks his promise, and all struggle with the consequences. High drama and gorgeous music will sweep you away. 

Who should see it: Fans of Carmen (which Bizet wrote 12 years later), best friends, opera newcomers, anyone who loves beautiful melodies and romantic tragedies.

How do you guard against the terrors of love? Execute your suitors if they can’t answer your riddles! That’s what Princess Turandot does till Prince Calaf breaks the code and challenges her to guess his name. In the super-famous “Nessun dorma” he exults at his expected romantic triumph. 

Who should see it: Lovers of spectacle and luscious music, newcomers to opera, fans of Puccini’s other operas.

A wedding in the midst of a civil war is interrupted when the groom has to rescue the imprisoned queen, and uses his bride’s veil to disguise the monarch for escape. Confusion and madness ensue, but eventually all ends well, and the couple happily reunites. 

Who should see it: Fans of Shakespeare, historical drama, vocal thrill-seekers who love high-flying and acrobatic bel canto singing.

This bittersweet relationship comedy has a cynical philosopher betting two young men that their sweethearts – a pair of lovely sisters – can’t stay faithful for 24 hours. Departing as if for war and returning in disguise, the guys test their ladies’ resolves and confront some uncomfortable truths in the process. 

Who should see it: Anyone who’s dating or married, rom-com fans, lovers of Mozart’s sublime music.

What would you give to be young again? Faust sells his soul for a second chance at youth, wrecking the lives of lovely Marguerite and her brother Valentin in the process. 

Who should see it: Newcomers to opera, fans of classic literature and romantic French melody, the visually adventurous.

Forbidden love in a time of rampant political persecution and paranoia is the subject this critically acclaimed 2016 opera. 

Who should see it: Fans of powerful plays on contemporary themes, anyone interested in mid-20th-century history and how McCarthy-era prejudice impacted American lives, Baroque music fans (composer Gregory Spears’s music evokes Baroque styling), and audiences interested in LGBTQ stories.


Here’s what awaits audiences for Lyric’s annual musical and special-event performances:

The seminal rock opera explores the personal and public struggles of Jesus Christ and his disciple, Judas Iscariot. 

Who should see it: Baby boomers who grew up with the double LP set, fans of powerful storytelling through rock-gospel-blues-folk music and dance.

The Polish tenor is acclaimed for his glorious sound and ardent romanticism – expect a wide range of thrilling operatic arias and art songs in a warm and polished performance.

Who should see it: Anyone who loves elegant, passionate storytelling through song. 

Costars Susan Graham and Nathan Gunn will spar in Leonard Bernstein’s delightful one-act opera, Trouble in Tahiti, and will join Broadway star Kate Baldwin (familiar to Lyric audiences as Anna in The King and I) to perform beloved songs and some rarer gems from the composer’s extensive vocal catalog.

Who should see it: Fans of Bernstein and of the featured singers, music-theater devotees. 

Tickets for mainstage opera performances start at $35 for adults and $20 for children.
Tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar start at $22. 
Tickets for Fellow Travelers (at the Athenaeum Theatre) start at $29. 
Tickets for Piotr Beczała in Recital start at $35.
Tickets for Celebrating 100 Years of Bernstein start at $35. 

Tickets are already on sale for the Broadway at Lyric performances of Jesus Christ Superstar and for the Celebrating 100 Years of Bernstein concert. Tickets to the recital by Piotr Beczała and tickets for the 2016 opera Fellow Travelers go on sale July 10.

Photos: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera, Todd Rosenberg, Isle of the Dead by Böcklin Design, Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera, Die Walküre costume design by Marie-Jeanne Lecca, Ken Howard/Dan Diego Opera, Reed Hummell/Nashville Opera, Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera, Faust production design by John Frame/scenic design and rendering by Vita Tzykun, Catrin Welz-Stein/Cincinnati Opera, David Jensen/Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Anja Frers, Jack Mitchell