CPS Dress Rehearsals

Performances for Students

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

This program offers complimentary passes to the final dress rehearsal of select Lyric productions to groups of Chicago public school students in grades 6-12. Interested schools can request a maximum of 80 passes per school (while supplies last). Participating schools must provide their own transportation to and from the Lyric Opera House

2017/18 Dress Rehearsal Offerings

Orphée et Eurydice by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Wednesday, September 20, 1:30pm
Application Deadline: Friday, September 8, 3:00pm

Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Saturday, December 2, 1:00pm (NOTE: This dress rehearsal occurs on a Saturday)
Application Deadline: Friday, October 20, 3:00pm

Faust by Charles Gounod - Wait List Only
Tuesday, February 27, 1:00pm
Application Deadline: Friday, January 12, 3:00pm

Program Details

  • For CPS student groups, grades 6 -12
  • Maximum request – 80 passes per school
  • A wait list of schools will be generated once availability is depleted 
  • Schools must complete a simple application (contact name, school info, ability to acquire transport, principal approval, why they are interested in the program)
  • NOTE: These are dress rehearsals, not performances. The rehearsal may be interrupted at any time and singers might not use full voice.
  • NOTE: Final dress rehearsals include a diverse mixture of audience members. While student seats will be grouped together by school, there may be other schools, as well as a variety of other opera patrons in attendance. 



Lyric Unlimited is Lyric Opera of Chicago’s department dedicated to education, community engagement, and new artistic initiatives.

Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances FundPerformances for Students are supported by an Anonymous DonorBaird, the John W. and Rosemary K. Brown Family FoundationBulley & Andrews LLCThe Jacob and Rosalie Cohn Foundation, the Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation, the General Mills FoundationJohn Hart and Carol Prins, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, the Segal Family Foundation, the Bill and Orli Staley Foundation, the Donna Van Eekeren FoundationMrs. Roy I. Warshawsky, andMichael Welsh and Linda Brummer.

Lyric Unlimited was launched with major catalyst funding from 
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and receives major support from the Caerus Foundation, Inc.

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