A field trip unlike any other!

Give students in grades 6–12 an unparalleled arts experience: world-class opera and musical theater at Chicago’s historic Lyric Opera House.

Unable to make one of the designated Performances for Students listed below? Discounted student pricing is available for all mainstage production dates, the shorter- format performance Sir Bryn Terfel in Recital (February 2, 2020), and the brand-new American chamber opera Blue (June 19-28, 2020). 

Contact Group Sales at 312.827.5720 or at groupsales@lyricopera.org for more information.


The Queen of Spades

Sung in Russian with projected English translations

Wednesday, February 26 at 2pm

A brooding romantic thriller from the composer of Eugene Onegin and Swan Lake. Gherman is an unhappy soldier desperate to learn a secret hidden by a mysterious old countess - the mystery of winning at cards. As his obsession begins to overwhelm him, it also affects the ones he loves and leads to his ultimate demise.

Tickets: $20
Approximate running time: 3 hours 45 minutes, including two intermissions

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Madama Butterfly  

Wednesday, March 4 at 2pm
Thursday, March 5 at 2pm

A heartbreaking story about Cio-Cio-San, who sacrifices family and culture to marry B.F. Pinkerton, only to see his ship sail away. We share her joy when he finally returns, and her utter despair when she realizes that he’s married an American woman and has come to take his young son—Cio-Cio-San’s child—back with him.

Tickets: $20
Approximate running time: 2 hours 55 minutes including one intermission. 


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42nd Street

May 29 - June 21, weekday matinees at 1:30pm

The story of Peggy Sawyer, an aspiring actress from Allentown who gets her big break and rises from chorus girl to star status overnight. 42nd Street is filled with unforgettable characters, sensational tap numbers, and memorable melodies.

Tickets: $10/$20
Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including one intermission

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2019/20 Performances for Students


The Barber of Seville

Sung in Italian with projected English translations

Sparks fly between the witty Rosina and hopeless romantic Count Almaviva, but Rosina is betrothed to her pompous old guardian. Enter matchmaker Figaro: the cleverest barber in all of Seville whose talents go far beyond cutting hair!

Approximate running time: 3 hours 5 minutes including one intermission. 

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$20 tickets for this performance are now sold out. For information on additional student discount offerings, please email groupsales@lyricopera.org


Luisa Miller

Sung in Italian with projected English translations

Thursday, October 31 at 2pm 

A star-crossed romance by the composer of La Traviata and Rigoletto about sweet Luisa and her love for Rodolfo, the son of a ruthless, unethical nobleman whom Luisa’s own father loathes.

Tickets: $20
Approximate running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including one intermission

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Don Giovanni

Sung in Italian with projected English translations

Mozart’s legendary drama about  a womanizer who lives only for his own pleasure — and is hair raisingly punished in the end.

Approximate running time: 3 hours 20 minutes including intermission

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Limited $20 tickets available for this performance. To reserve, please email groupsales@lyricopera.org.

CPS Dress Rehearsals

Free dress rehearsal passes for CPS students

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


Opera Prep Class

Request a Lyric teaching artist to visit your classroom and engage your students with the important themes, musical highlights, and production elements of the opera. This program is for classes attending The Barber of Seville, Luisa Miller, Don Giovanni and The Queen of Spades. 

Cost: $175 per 45-minute presentation

You can request this program on the ticket order form.

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Teacher Resources

Supplement your visit to Lyric with our Teacher Resources. Explore musical highlights, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, author biographies, and more!

Major Lyric Unlimited support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances Fund. Performances for Students are supported by Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Mrs. James S. Aagaard, an Anonymous Donor, the John and Rosemary Brown Family Foundation, Dan J. Epstein, Judy Guitelman, and the Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation, Shirley and Benjamin Gould Endowment Fund, Dan and Caroline Grossman, James and Brenda Grusecki, John Hart and Carol Prins, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Drs. Funmi and Sola Olopade, Matt and Carrie Parr/ PJT Partners, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, and the Segal Family Foundation.

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