Opera in the Neighborhoods

Lyric Unlimited's Opera in the Neighborhoods brings live performances of youth-focused operas in neighborhood venues throughout the Chicago area. Programmed for grades 3-6, the Opera in the Neighborhoods program is free to schools with a suggested donation of $65 per classroom. 

Save the date — Lyric's FREE teacher professional development workshop for Opera in the Neighborhoods will be held September 7, 2019. 

Reservations for the 2019/20 season's production, Earth to Kenzie and teacher professional development workshop will go live on August 1, 2019. 

Stay tuned for this year's schedule and Teacher Resources! 

Earth to Kenzie: An Opera for Young Audiences

How far can your imagination take you? 

Meet Kenzie, a fifth grader with homework, asthma and a big imagination. When she and her mother have to move into a family shelter, Kenzie finds refuge in the world of video games alongside her avatar, Edwin.

Through their imaginary space adventures, Kenzie dares to go farther than ever before. Can she find the confidence to make friends and succeed at school? Can she find her way home? Earth to Kenzie is a new opera written by Frances Pollock and Jessica Murphy Moo and is specifically programmed for young audiences ages 7-12. 

Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances Fund. Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt and Opera in the Neighborhoods are supported by Lead Sponsor J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes and cosponsors an Anonymous Donor (3), Brent and Katie Gledhill, Robert and Evelyn McCullen, the Sage Foundation, the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation, Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow, Jane Wilson and David Mayhew Stone Charitable Trust, and Wintrust Community Banks.

Lyric Unlimited Chicago Public Schools Bus Scholarships are supported by the U.S. Bank Foundation.