Lyric is ready to dazzle you with a new season that promises thought-provoking drama, suspense, laughter, theater that will whisk you to faraway worlds, and the visceral passion of timeless music. This is Lyric—and the 2019/20 Season is one of our biggest ever, from our grand-scale productions to our monumental Ring cycles.

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Gioachino Rossini

The Barber of Seville

September 28 - October 27, 2019

Irrepressible Rosina refuses to marry her pompous old guardian. Meanwhile, a bold young count is eager to win Rosina for himself. And who’s going to make sure those two finish the opera united? The cleverest character in all of Seville: the barber Figaro, whose services are sought after by everyone for everything (the guy has a lot more talents than just cutting hair). Rossini’s music—the aural equivalent of champagne—is the last word in humor, inspiring smiles and laughter on every page of the score, which is what makes Barber the most popular of all operatic comedies.

Giuseppe Verdi

Luisa Miller

October 12 - 31, 2019

Verdi’s sumptuously beautiful romantic drama tells the story of sweet, vulnerable Luisa, who loves Rodolfo, the son of a ruthless, unethical nobleman whom Luisa’s own father loathes. The young couple’s relationship leads to catastrophe in a drama that breathes passion and excitement. Memorable arias (including “Quando le sere al placido,” one of the composer’s greatest tenor hits), breathtaking duets, and thrilling ensembles abound in this tale of star-crossed love and violent jealousy. Lyric’s first presentation of this electrifying work in more than three decades will be a feast for all devotees of Verdi and Italian opera.

Jake Heggie & Terrence McNally

Dead Man Walking

November 2 - 22, 2019

A young couple is brutally killed, and the convicted murderer, Joseph De Rocher, sits on death row. Sister Helen Prejean agrees to be his spiritual adviser. As she meets his family, and the families of his victims, she begins questioning every attitude she has about how human beings treat each other. Based on real-life events, Jake Heggie’s music and Terrence McNally’s libretto explore the nature of friendship and forgiveness in the most profound ways. Hugely acclaimed in major houses internationally, Dead Man Walking is widely acknowledged as one of the most riveting operas of the 21st century. It simply demands to be seen.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Giovanni

November 14 -  December 8, 2019

The seducer. The philanderer. The libertine who takes what he wants and lives only for his own pleasure. All three are Don Giovanni, antihero in Mozart’s drama of lust and revenge. He’s surrounded by memorable characters, including his frustrated servant Leporello and the three women he encounters: fiery Donna Elvira, tormented Donna Anna, and impressionable Zerlina. Filled with thrilling music and drama, including a finale so overpoweringly dramatic that it changed music forever, Don Giovanni is justly celebrated as the perfect opera.

Gaetano Donizetti

The Three Queens

December 1 - 7, 2019

Lyric favorite Sondra Radvanovsky sings the finales of Anna BolenaMaria Stuarda, and Roberto Devereux in semi-staged performances featuring the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus and artists of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble, this magnificent American diva will give Lyric audiences vocal fireworks to remember forever.

Giacomo Puccini

Madama Butterfly

February 6 - March 8, 2020

An enchanting geisha, Cio-Cio-San, loses her heart to an American naval lieutenant and marries him. After he leaves Japan, she waits three long years for his return. We share her joy when he 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. Puccini lost his heart to his heroine, and so will you, in music of miraculous beauty and aching, deeply poignant dramatic truth.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Queen of Spades

February 15 - March 1, 2020

Tchaikovsky’s broodingly romantic thriller is a tour de force for a great tenor. He plays the terrifyingly obsessed Gherman, an unhappy soldier desperate to know a secret hidden by a mysterious old countess—the mystery of winning at cards. The tension turns truly unnerving as Gherman’s obsession begins to overwhelm him. It leads to devastation both for him and for the countess’s granddaughter, Lisa, whom Gherman loves. Tchaikovsky’s music is the height of Russian romanticism in its melancholy soulfulness, its white-hot passion, and the sweeping grandeur of its orchestra—a masterpiece from the genius who gave the world Eugene Onegin and Swan Lake.

Richard Wagner

Götterdämmerung

April 4 & 11, 2020

The tragedy of the warrior-maiden Brünnhilde, her beloved hero Siegfried, and all the gods brings nothing less than the end of one world, the beginning of a new one, and the ultimate triumph of love over evil. In the entire operatic repertoire, you won’t find greater musical and dramatic grandeur, or more staggeringly intense emotions, than in Wagner’s Twilight of the Gods. Only a work of this scale could close the monumental Ring cycle. Seeing and hearing it in a live performance is one of the greatest experiences that any operagoer can enjoy.

42nd Street

Music by Harry Warren. Lyrics by Al Dubin.

May 29 - June 21, 2020

NOBODY DOES BROADWAY-STYLE PRODUCTIONS QUITE LIKE LYRIC, and Chicago audiences will love the Tony-winning song-and-dance spectacular 42ND Street when it comes to Lyric next spring! 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 tunes. You’ll love the sensational tap numbers and memorable melodies like “Lullaby of Broadway,” “We’re in the Money,” “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me,” “Sunny Side to Every Situation,” “Young and Healthy,” and the famed title song, in a high-energy, new-to-Chicago production that is as beautiful to see as it is to hear. With the full power of members of the Lyric Orchestra and Chorus, don’t miss the spectacle of this Broadway blockbuster—only at Lyric!

Sir Bryn Terfel in Recital

February 2, 2020

SIR BRYN TERFEL IS ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED ARTISTS OF OUR TIME. The Welsh bass-baritone, who has triumphed at Lyric in several of his signature roles, is also an immensely successful recitalist in the most distinguished venues internationally. His magnificent voice, penetrating interpretive insight, and extraordinary stylistic versatility combine with a matchlessly communicative personality that captivates any audience. His first Chicago recital in many years will certainly be one of the most memorable musical events of the 2019/20 Season.

Jeanine Tesori & Tazewell Thompson

Blue

June 19 - 28, 2020

An African American couple in Harlem anticipates the birth of their firstborn, a son, with both hope and fear. As the baby grows into a young man, the mother worries for his future, and the father tries to prepare his son for the realities of 21st century America, while wrestling with his own identity as a police officer, a "Black man in blue." When their deepest fears come true, the family is forced to navigate a devastating reality seeking answers and support from their church and community. 

Earth to Kenzie

November 9 & 10, 2019

HOW FAR CAN YOUR IMAGINATION TAKE YOU?

Meet Kenzie, a fifth grader with homework, asthma and a big imagination. When she and her mother have to move into a family shelter, Kenzie finds refuge in the world of video games alongside her avatar, Edwin. Through their imaginary space adventures, Kenzie dares to go farther than ever before. Can she find the confidence to make friends and succeed in the classroom? And can she find her way home? 

The Ring Cycle

Join us for an extraordinary story told over the journey of four operas. Together, they comprise Wagner’s magnificent Ring cycle, one of the greatest musical achievements in Western culture and an immersive operatic adventure that every opera lover should experience.

Book by Craig Lucas & Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel

The Light in the Piazza

Starring Renée Fleming 

December 14 - 29, 2019

Florence. Summer 1953. As American Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara take in the city's wonders, a fateful gust of wind whisks Clara's hat into the hands of local dreamer Fabrizio Naccarelli... and it's amore at first sight. But Clara isn't quite what she appears, and soon they must all confront a secret that's been kept in the shadows for far too long. 

Callas in Concert - The Hologram Tour

September 7, 2019

Maria Callas left a lasting impact on the world of opera as the definition of the diva as artist. Audiences will once again experience the legendary force that is Callas in a first-of-its-kind tour that brings the fabled opera star back to the Lyric Opera of Chicago stage—64 years after her final appearance here and 42 years after her death. Experience the seamless melding of state-of-the-art 3D hologram technology, the greatest of Callas' digitally remastered recordings, and the live Lyric Opera Orchestra in a unique, one-night-only concert experience. Experience the artistry and the intense emotional force of the great soprano's iconic greatest hits from Bellini, Bizet, Verdi, Puccini, and more as she inhabits roles with passionate heat, heartrending vulnerability, and fierce confidence. Don't miss this celebration of the artist who was known to the world as La Divina on stage at Lyric.

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