Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert & Gala

Renée Fleming, soprano
Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
Quinn Kelsey, baritone
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Christian Van Horn, bass-baritone
Members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Lyric Opera Orchestra
Patrick Summers, conductor

Tituss Burgess, host and special guest

Upcoming Dates
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Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert & Gala was presented at Lyric on Saturday, March 23, 2019. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

Lyric Opera of Chicago audiences first experienced the incomparable artistry of world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming in the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah in 1993.

Since that debut, this cultural icon and international star has continued to make headlines wherever she goes. Whether it has been in leading roles on the most celebrated stages, receiving a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama, or singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in front of more than 100 million viewers, Renée Fleming has become known as “The People’s Diva.”

During this extraordinary time, she has also made Lyric Opera an artistic home. She has performed onstage, fostered emerging artists in her role as advisor to The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, and encouraged a future generation of opera lovers through Lyric Unlimited programs.

Since 2010, Ms. Fleming has served as Lyric’s creative consultant. She has been the driving force behind projects like Lyric’s world premiere opera Bel Canto, collaborations with The Second City, and the Chicago Voices initiative, which bridged musical genres and generations in a groundbreaking, multi-faceted series of programs during the past two years.

Join Lyric as we celebrate and honor Renée Fleming’s extraordinary commitment to Chicago and her unparalleled contributions to our art form over the last 25 years. The Lyric Orchestra and a cast of friends will perform in an extraordinary evening including arias from The Marriage of FigaroToscaFalstaffRusalka, and The Merry Widow along with selections from Carousel and The Light in the Piazza.


*Artists and program subject to change.

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Meet The Artists

Renée Fleming

Sondra Radvanovsky

Lawrence Brownlee

Quinn Kelsey

Eric Owens

Christian Van Horn

Patrick Summers


Tituss Burgess

Host and special guest


Lead Sponsor: Liz Stiffel

Platinum Sponsors: The Crown Family, Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan, Sage Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance, Ann Ziff

Diamond Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs Fred A. Krehbiel

Golden Sponsors: An Anonymous Donor, Henry and Gilda Buchbinder Family Foundation, Amy and Paul Carbone, Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Cole, Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell, Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr., Heinz Family Foundation, J. Thomas Hurvis, ITW, Jenner & Block, Rebecca and Lester Knight, Kohler Co., Mr. and Mrs. Todd D. Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Morrison, Allan and Elaine Muchin, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Osborn, J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes, UL

Silver Sponsors: Dr. and Mrs. Mark Bowen, Dr. Young Chung, Mrs. Robert W. Galvin, Andi and Jim Gordon, The Edgewater Funds, Make It Better Media, Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel, Jennifer N. Pritzker, Pritzker Traubert Foundation, Donna Van Eekeren and Dale Connelly

Additional Support: Mr. & Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross, Julian Family Foundation


Photo: Todd Rosenberg