Lyric for everyone!

Lyric Unlimited serves elementary through high school students and teachers through school residency programs, teacher workshops, backstage tours, and special performances.

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 students. 

Learn more about the following programs:

Opera Residencies (Grades 1-12)
Student Backstage Tours (Grades 3-12)
Opera in the Neighborhoods (Grades 3-6)
Performances for Students (Grades 6-12)
CPS Dress Rehearsals (Grades 6-12)
Vocal Partnership Program (Grades 9-12)
Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative

Opera Residencies 

Lyric teaching artists partner with classroom teachers to create custom learning experiences that support music, arts, and academic learning goals.

  • For grades 1-12

  • Costs vary by program

  • Free for Chicago Public Schools 
Applications for the 2019/20 season are now closed. 

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Student Backstage Tours

As an introduction to the art form, nothing captures the imagination more than a tour of a working opera house.

  • Tours are available from October - May
  • For grades 3-12
  • $8 per person
  • Bus scholarships available to qualifying CPS schools


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Opera in the Neighborhoods

Live performances of youth-focused operas in neighborhood venues throughout the Chicago area. 

  • For grades 3-6
  • 45 minutes long, plus Q&A with the cast afterwards
  • No admission charge; suggested donation $65 per classroom
  • Performances at 10am and 12pm
  • Teacher professional development workshop
  • Bus scholarships available to qualifying CPS schools



Performances for Students

See world-class performances with your students at the Lyric Opera House.

  • For grades 6-12
  • $10-$20 tickets
  • Optional Opera Prep Class — Have a professional Lyric teaching artist come to your school to prepare students for the upcoming operas and musical
  • Free online classroom resources
  • Bus scholarships available to qualifying CPS schools

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CPS Dress Rehearsals

Free dress rehearsal passes for CPS students

Passes are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Vocal Partnership Program

The Vocal Partnership Program serves four music schools expanding and enhancing their vocal programs and creating opportunities for exceptional young people to develop their talent through access to artistry and expertise from Lyric.

  • For grades 9-12
  • Free

Partner schools include: 

  • Chicago Academy for the Arts
  • Chicago High School for the Arts
  • CPS Advanced Arts Program at Gallery 37
  • Merit School of Music

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative

Lyric is a proud partner of the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, which identifies and develops gifted and motivated orchestral students from underrepresented backgrounds for acceptance into top-tier conservatory, college, or university classical music programs in preparation for careers as professional musicians. 

 participants are invited to final dress rehearsals and receive private lessons and adjudication services from select members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra. 

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Lyric Unlimited 2020/21 Programming

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

Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Todd Rosenberg, Jaclyn Simpson