Lyric News, Events & Offers for July & August 2019

Spotlighting the Stars: Ryan Opera Center Alumni Success at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2019

The Ryan Opera Center was incredibly well represented by three alumniPatrick Guetti (bass), Mingjie Lei (tenor), and Richard Ollarsaba (bass-baritone)in the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition held in June. They were among only 20 international semifinalists, and Guetti and Ollarsaba were the only American singers. The three did us proud by performing their best. Both Guetti and Lei won their respective rounds and advanced to the Main Prize Finalstwo of the five finalists were Ryan Opera Center alumniand Lei was announced winner of the 2019 Song Prize. Video footage of their performances is still available to view on the competition website

We would also like to extend our warmest wishes to current Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members Lauren Decker (contralto) and Mario Rojas (tenor) as they travel to Prague for Plácido Domingo’s Operalia 2019 competition, beginning July 21.

Please join us in congratulating these artists on their great accomplishments! 

Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 7:30PM, Lyric Opera House

Callas in Concert - The Hologram Tour

Experience the seamless melding of state-of-the-art 3D hologram technology, the greatest of Callas' digitally remastered recordings, and the live Lyric Opera Orchestra in a unique, one-night-only concert experience. Don't miss this celebration of the artist who was known to the world as La Divina on stage at Lyric.

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2019/20 Season Single Tickets Now on Sale

Single tickets are now on sale for Lyric's dazzling 2019/20 Season! Buy early to secure your seats to a season full of six new and new-to-Chicago productions, including three Lyric premieres and three performances of Lyric's new Ring cycle, along with three performances of a revelatory semi-staged presentation starring Sondra Radvanovsky. 

Tickets can be purchased by calling Audience Services at 312.827.5600 or online.


Dining Reservations Now Available

Nothing makes a visit to Lyric more special than adding an enjoyable meal to a beautiful performance — and we're excited to share that dining reservations are now available! Save your table for a delicious and convenient lunch or dinner in the Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room or Florian Opera Bistro to complete your Lyric experience.

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Ryan Opera Center in Recital

Join us at St. James Cathedral on Tuesday, July 16, at 5:45pm for the Ryan Opera Center’s annual appearance in the International Music Foundation’s Rush Hour Concerts series. Ensemble artists Kayleigh Decker, Christopher Kenney, and Anthony Reed will perform selections from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, which opens the Lyric season in September. Lyric Dramaturg Roger Pines will narrate. Admission is free and tickets are not required.

Also, mark your calendar and tune in to WFMT 98.7FM on the first Sunday of each month at 7:00pm for the Ryan Opera Center Recital Series.

Upcoming Broadcasts:

  • Sunday, August 4, 2019 featuring Whitney Morrison, Ricardo José Rivera, and Madeline Slettedahl
  • Sunday, September 8, 2019 featuring Ann Toomey, Christopher Kenney, and Madeline Slettedahl


Choir! Choir! Choir! 

Choir! Choir! Choir! returns to Chicago at Thalia Hall on September 8. Don't miss out on this 'In The Round' experience!

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Need a Ride? The Lyric Bus has you Covered.

Lyric Opera is pleased to offer luxury motor coach service from Northbrook Court Shopping Mall for weekday matinee opera performances throughout the 2019/20 Season. Avoid the hassles of traffic and public transportation — plus, ride to your performance with fellow music lovers! Call Lyric's Audience Services department at 312.827.5600 to purchase bus tickets for your ride to your opera or musical performance.

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Photo credit: Marc Perlish, Robert Kusel, Todd Rosenberg, Kyle Flubacker, 2018 Base Holograms, LLC and Jaclyn Simpson