Performances for Students

Performances for Students

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

For additional Performances for Students ticket information, call 312-827-5613.

Make the most of your Lyric experience!

Make the most of your Lyric experience! 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 La bohème, Cendrillon, Elektra, and/or La traviata.

Cost: $175 per 45-minute presentation

You can also sign up for this program on the ticket order form.

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CPS Dress Rehearsals

CPS Dress Rehearsals Free dress rehearsal passes for CPS students

Schools can request up to 60 free passes to the final dress rehearsal of select titles. Passes are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

2018/19 CPS Dress Rehearsal Offerings
  • Elektra, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 1:00 pm
  • La traviata, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm
  • An American Dream, Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 11:00am (available for all schools)

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La bohème

La bohème By Giacomo Puccini
In Italian with projected English translations

Wednesday January 16, 2019 — Sold Out
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A group of young artists and friends struggling to make ends meet experience love and loss in romantic 19th century Paris.

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

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Cendrillon By Jules Massenet
In French with projected English translations

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 — Sold Out 

Enter a world of fantasy where a mistreated girl becomes a princess with the help of her fairy godmother.

Tickets: $20
Approximate running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including one 30-minute intermission

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Elektra By Richard Strauss
In German with projected English translations

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019

After her father, King Agamemnon, was murdered by her mother, Elektra wants vengeance.

Tickets: $20
Approximate running time: 1 hours 40 minutes, no intermission

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La traviata

La traviata By Giuseppe Verdi
In Italian with projected English translations

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2019


A wealthy courtesan finds her true love, but sacrifices herself to save his reputation. A heart-wrenchingly beautiful story of love and redemption.

Tickets: $20
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 55 minutes with 2 intermissions

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West Side Story

West Side Story Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Two teenagers from opposing New York City gangs fall in love. Watch this star-crossed romance unfold with unforgettable dance and music.

Student performances on May 8 & 9 for West Side Story have reached capacity. Student ticket pricing is available in select sections for all performances. Please call Group Sales at 312.827.5720 to inquire about additional date options.

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Free online classroom resources
Free online student and teacher resources created by Lyric Unlimited will be available to all participants.

Bus Scholarships
2018/19  Bus Scholarship applications will be available soon, open to qualifying CPS schools. Check back soon for more details. 

For additional Performances for Students ticket information, email

For information on group sales tickets for other Lyric performances, call 312-827-5927 or 312-827-5613.

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

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, 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, John Hart and Carol Prins, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, and the Segal Family Foundation.

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