Audience programs at Lyric!

Whether you're a life-long aficionado or a first-time opera goer, Lyric offers a growing number of introduction and enrichment experiences to choose from. These unique initiatives enable Lyric to more deeply engage its patrons while providing new audiences an opportunity to explore the world of opera.

While some of these programs are suspended due to the ongoing health crisis, we invite to explore the full range of programming we typically offer for audience engagement. 

 

 

Public Programs inspired by BLUE

Lyric is proud to be planning the Chicago premiere of Tony Award®–winning composer Jeanine Tesori and NAACP Theatre Award–winning librettist Tazewell Thompson’s new opera inspired by contemporary events and Black literature. Blue tells the story of a Black family in Harlem whose son is killed by a white police officer. Called “one of the most elegant librettos I’ve heard in a long time,” by Anthony Tommasini of The New York TimesBlue places timely issues at the forefront of modern opera and invites audiences to the emotional epicenter of their impact. Lyric Unlimited has planned upcoming public programs inspired by the Chicago premiere of this important new work.

Talks, Tours and Events [Opera Insider fifty-fifty]

For each opera of Lyric’s season, music historian and opera expert David Buch hosts a session illuminating the work’s creation, its composer, its musical and dramatic highlights, and its particular magic.

Talks, Tours and Events [Opera Insider fifty-fifty]

For each opera of Lyric’s season, music historian and opera expert David Buch hosts a session illuminating the work’s creation, its composer, its musical and dramatic highlights, and its particular magic.

Opera Insider Sessions

For each opera of Lyric’s season, music historian and opera expert David Buch hosts a session illuminating the work’s creation, its composer, its musical and dramatic highlights, and its particular magic.

Backstage Tours

Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to experience the Lyric Opera House beyond the footlights with backstage tours!

Pre-Opera Talks

Free pre-opera talks are offered before every performance of every opera in the mainstage season to enhance the opera-going experience.

Lyric Unlimited 2020/21 Programming

Learn more about Lyric Unlimited's 2020/21 virtual program offerings. 

Photos: Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival, Kyle Flubacker, Jaclyn Simpson