Important Update: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s performances from September to December 2020, including all performances of Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci, Lessons in Love & Violence, Tosca, and Attila, have been canceled as a result of public health policies related to the Covid-19 pandemic. We must always put the safety of our guests, artists, and company first, respecting the policies implemented by the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois. READ MORE HERE.

While we are deeply saddened by these cancellations, we can't wait to welcome you back in the new year. We invite you to explore our 2021 lineup and create your own package filled with unforgettable characters, the splendor of a great orchestra and chorus, powerful theater, dance, design and stagecraft you'll only find at Lyric. 



Season Brochure

Jeanine Tesori & Tazewell Thompson


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. 


Samson & Delilah

Visual, musical, and vocal magnificence reigns onstage at Lyric in the retelling of this powerfully dramatic biblical tale. Behold Samson the Israelite, greatest of all heroes, a role made for a true heroic tenor. And behold Delilah, the Philistine temptress, who uses all her feminine allure to learn the secret of Samson’s might. Thus the stage is set for one of the most stupendous climactic scenes to be seen in an opera house. Along the way are sensuously beautiful melodies, including Delilah's mesmerizing “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” and a wild bacchanale that truly sets the stage ablaze with excitement.


The Elixir of Love

No operatic hero is more endearing than Nemorino, who pines for the flirtatious Adina. She’s the owner of the town’s hotel, he’s her delightfully naive waiter. His only hope to win her is the “elixir” sold by the quack, Dr. Dulcamara—little does he know that it’s just Bordeaux wine! From start to finish we root for Nemorino, as Adina toys with him until she finally lets him know how she really feels. Elixir is opera’s most heartwarming comedy, filled with Donizetti’s delectable music that brings nonstop smiles.


The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s sublime comedic masterpiece about relationships and human nature takes place on a single crazy day. The Count’s valet, Figaro, is engaged to the Countess’s maid, Susanna. The only problem is that the Count is eager to exercise his right as lord of the manor and have his way with Susanna. But the endlessly resourceful Susanna is too smart for him, and the two servants and the Countess join together to get the better of the Count. Will true love prevail? Find out as Mozart’s incomparable music illuminates every moment, showing us these wonderful characters with all their vulnerabilities and virtues.


The Rake's Progress

At last this English-language masterpiece makes its eagerly awaited return to the Lyric stage for the first time in more than a quarter-century. A simple young man from the country inherits a fortune and longs for the excitement of London. Leaving the girl he loves, he travels there escorted by the devil, who leads him into all manner of temptation  and ultimately, to total disaster. Tom Rakewell, his devoted Anne Trulove, the devil Nick Shadow, and the bearded lady Baba the Turk (whom Nick persuades Tom into marrying) are among 20th-century opera’s most memorable characters. They’re brought to life through music that is sparkling, lyrical, and endlessly imaginative in an iconic production designed by famed artist David Hockney.

Christine Goerke in Recital

After her triumphs on Lyric’s stage in riveting performances as Brünnhilde in the Ring, the title role of Elektra, and Cassandre in Les Troyens, Christine Goerke returns to Lyric for what promises to be a thrilling vocal recital. The world-renowned American soprano's richly vibrant voice, flawless musicianship, and celebrated stylistic versatility have been acclaimed in recitals all over America. With her passionate musical curiosity and her wonderful ability to reveal the essence of any music she performs, Christine’s artistry will once again captivate the Lyric audience. Count on her recital being one of Chicago’s most memorable musical events of the 2020/21 Season!

A Knight to Celebrate

Lyric will celebrate Sir Andrew Davis’s magnificent two-decade tenure as music director with one of his favorite works, never previously performed at Lyric: Beethoven’s enthralling, life-enhancing Symphony No. 9, the “Choral,” music’s most exalted hymn to the human spirit. Sir Andrew will conduct a superb vocal quartet with the wonderful Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The concert will begin with a new choral work by Sir Andrew’s son, Ed Frazier Davis, an impressively gifted composer.

Comden, Green, Freed & Brown

Singin' in the Rain

One of the most joyously exhilarating of all movie musicals, now onstage and more magical than ever! Revel in the glamour of Hollywood in the Roaring Twenties, when the “talkies” were taking over from silent films. The romance between matinee idol Don Lockwood and budding actress Kathy Selden, the machinations of squeaky-voiced star Lina Lamont, and the lovable deviousness of Don’s best friend, Cosmo Brown, combine with spectacular dancing and unforgettable songs. It’s pouring—and you, too, will be ready to kick up your heels in the rain!

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Through the timeless power of voice, acting that brings characters to life in triumph and tragedy, the splendor of a great orchestra and chorus—coupled with theater, dance, design, and truly magical stagecraft—Lyric transports you to worlds both familiar and unexpected, leaving us all thinking and feeling differently long after the curtain comes down. Don’t miss a moment: secure your place for Lyric’s 2021 Season of grand opera, chamber opera, special events, and musical theater.

Production images: Dan Rest, ROH/Stephen Cummiskey, Ken Howard/San Diego Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna/Rocco Casaluci, Opera Omaha/Proving Up 2018, Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera, Pittsburgh Opera/2018 david bachman photography, Karen Almond/Portland Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet/Marie-Noëlle Robert, Arielle Doneson,Peter Tarasiuk, Michael Brosilow