Lyric Beyond the Stage!

In addition to presenting smaller scale, English language operas on socially relevant themes and bringing arts initiatives into the classroom, Lyric Unlimited also partners with community organizations throughout the Chicago area, using opera as a lens through which people can share and reflect their own experiences and creativity.

Through collaborative programming with organizations such as the Chicago Urban League and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Lyric Unlimited seeks to understand and respond to the needs and interests of communities around the city. The resulting programs, events and activities expand the boundaries of storytelling, ask important questions, and seek to redefine who opera is for.



Public Programs

In conjunction with the operas that happen on our stages at the Lyric Opera House and across town, Lyric is proud to offer Public Programs geared toward engaging our audiences in new ways. 


EmpowerYouth!: Igniting Creativity through the Arts is a groundbreaking partnership with the Chicago Urban League that immerses high school students in the creation and performance of an original opera.

Caminos a la ópera (Pathways to Opera)

Caminos a la ópera is Lyric Unlimited’s audience engagement initiative which develops and expands Lyric's commitment to Chicago’s Latinx communities through partnership, engagement, and collaboration.

Chicago Voices

Chicago Voices was a ground-breaking, two-year Lyric Unlimited initiative celebrating the stories of Chicago’s communities and the diversity of the city’s vocal traditions.