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. Bus scholarships are available for qualifying Chicago Public schools. For more information on Opera in the Neighborhoods, scroll down! 

Due to the ongoing health crisis, Opera in the Neighborhoods is suspended for the 2020/21 Season. In the meantime, we invite you to scroll down and learn more about the program. 

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Earth to Kenzie

Earth to Kenzie

Free performances of youth-focused operas throughout the Chicago area

  • for grades 3-6 
  • new, contemporary operas written by living composers
  • featuring stories that are relevant to young people

5-week tour

  • 15 venues
  • 30 performances
  • Sung in English
  • Q&A with the cast following the performance
  • Performances last 45 minutes
  • Over 18,000 students experiencing live opera! 

Free admission

  • Bus scholarships available for qualifying Chicago Public Schools
  • Accompanying teacher professional development workshop 
  • FREE classroom activities and online resources

Take a peek at the teacher resources from this most recent Opera in the Neighborhoods tour, Earth to Kenzie! 

Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances FundEarth to Kenzie and Opera in the Neighborhoods are supported by cosponsors an Anonymous Donor, Robert and Evelyn McCullen, Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow, and Wintrust Community Banks.    

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