March 06, 2019

Renée’s Top 5 Lyric Moments

This season, we honor a beloved member of our family, Creative Consultant Renée Fleming, for the 25th Anniversary of her Lyric onstage debut! We’re counting down a few of her best Lyric moments in celebration... 

5. Performing the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah for her Lyric onstage debut in 1993. 

4. Curating Lyric’s world-premiere opera Bel Canto, based on the novel by Ann Patchett.

3. Fostering talent for the future of opera through masterclasses with members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble. 

2. Bringing together musical genres from across the city of Chicago to unite the community through the Chicago Voices initiative and concert. 

And Renée’s best moment is yet to come! Join us… 

…for the 25th Anniversary concert at the Lyric Opera House and post-concert gala at The Ritz-Carlton on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Featuring Lawrence Brownlee, Quinn Kelsey, Eric Owens, Sondra Radvanovsky, Christian Van Horn, artists from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, and the Lyric Opera Orchestra alongside Renée Fleming, this concert will be matched only by the fabulous gala, hosted by The Women’s Board and Chair Mrs. Lester Crown, following the performance. Dinner and dancing to The Stu Hirsch Orchestra in the Grand Ballroom of the newly remodeled Ritz-Carlton will perfectly complete the glamor of the evening. You do not want to miss this special event!

February Lyric Notes

Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert & Gala sponsors

Lead sponsor

Liz Stiffel

Platinum sponsors

The Crown Family

Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan

Sage Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance

Ann Ziff

Diamond sponsors

Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Krehbiel

Golden sponsors

Anonymous Donor

Henry and Gilda Buchbinder Family Foundation

Amy and Paul Carbone

Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Cole

Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell

Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.

Heinz Family Foundation

J. Thomas Hurvis


Jenner & Block

Rebecca and Lester Knight

Kohler Co.

Mr. and Mrs. Todd D. Mitchell

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Morrison

Allan and Elaine Muchin

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Osborn

J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes


Silver sponsors

Dr. and Mrs. Mark Bowen

Dr. Young Chung

Mrs. Robert W. Galvin

Andi and Jim Gordon/ The Edgewater Funds

Make It Better Media

Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel

Jennifer N. Pritzker

Pritzker Traubert Foundation

Donna Van Eekeren and Dale Connelly

Additional support

Mr. & Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross

Julian Family Foundation

Photos: Jaclyn Simpson, Dan Rest, Cory Weaver, Timothy White/Decca