Support Music That Moves You

The magnificent singing you hear at Lyric Opera of Chicago throughout the season is made possible each year by the generosity of loyal patrons just like you.

From bringing intricate set designs to life on stage to cultivating an enduring love for opera in the next generation, Lyric depends on community support. In fact, ticket sales cover less than 40% of our operating budget.

Gifts of all sizes made by people from all walks of life have a tremendous impact on our success. Here are just a few examples of how your tax-deductible donation to Lyric today will help us start our next season at just the right tempo.

Lyric's 2013/14 production of Barber of Seville

  • A gift of $25 can ensure we have enough fancy stationery on hand for all the letters Rosina and the Count will send to each other during the run of The Barber of Seville.

  • A gift of $50 could underwrite a ticket for a student to experience the magic of opera for the very first time.

  • A gift of $100 could provide nearly a hundred orchestra musicians with new earplugs to protect their hearing through fifteen hours of often-roaring Ring cycle music. This completely immersive Wagnerian journey comprises four interconnected operas experienced over the course of a week. Don’t miss it.

Lyric's 2017/18 production of Die Walkure

  • A gift of $250 can purchase a pair of tap shoes for a 42nd Street dancer so he or she can duck step, triple time, and shim sham across the Lyric stage.

  • A gift of $500 can enable Cio-Cio San and Suzuki to shower the stage with delicate cherry blossoms during one Madame Butterfly performance.

  • A gift of $1,000 could help outfit a chorus member for Don Giovanni’s masquerade because one must always be dressed to impress at a palatial wedding feast.

Lyric's 2014/15 production of Don Giovanni

  • A gift of $2,500 can help the stage crew purchase opera-house safe pyrotechnic supplies for Brünnhilde’s funeral pyre in Götterdämmerung.

  • A gift of $5,000 could help transport elementary students and area seniors to the opera house because just getting here and back home again can be very challenging for these audiences.

  • A gift of $10,000 can help fund acting and movement coaching for Ryan Opera Center fellows because great mad scenes and love scenes and fight scenes are way harder than they look.

Ryan Opera Center member Ryan Higgs portraying Cinderella's father in Lyric's 2018/19 production of Cendrillon. He wears a long, red cape and a gold crown.

2018/19 Ryan Opera Center member Alan Higgs in Lyric's production of Cendrillon.  

  • A gift of $25,000 could help underwrite adult education activities like Lyric Unlimited’s pre-performance lectures and Opera Insider discussions.

  • A gift of $50,000 can help us continue to modernize our stage’s infrastructure so we can safely and securely meet the needs of today’s vibrant and artistically innovative opera productions.

  • A gift of $75,000 could sponsor the artist who will be singing your favorite arias in your favorite opera.

Support music that moves you. Donate to Lyric today. Thank you!

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Photo credit: Cory Weaver, Todd Rosenberg, Dan Rest