Enhance your RING experience at Lyric

Lyric is proud to offer a host of events designed to enhance your Ring experience.

Take a tour of the opera house to see what happens behind the curtain. Hear from experts, designers, and artists to get a deeper understanding of the production. Sit back and laugh with The Second City's hilarious take on Wagner. Or mingle with fellow music lovers over a musical performance or a flight of beer.

Purchase only the events that interest you or see it all with an All-Access Pass.

You may also consider joining the Valhalla Circle to enjoy complimentary access to several events, tours, and dining options while contributing to Lyric's productions and programming.

Purchase your ancillary activities or all-access pass along with your Ring package, individually online, or by phone at 312.827.5600.

All-Access Pass


Your ticket to the complete RING experience

With the all-access pass, you get it all. Go behind-the-scenes with a backstage tour, hear from experts and artists, enjoy musical performances, and mingle with other opera lovers.

The all-access pass includes one admission to all Ring cycle ancillary activities and one $55 (mid-tier) ticket to The Second City's Longer! Louder! Wagner!

Does not include Valhalla Circle-exclusive events (Brut Strength and the Twilight Progressive Meal).

RING Cycle Events


Pre-Opera Talks

Join us in the theater one hour before each opera for a free 30-minute talk. Learn about the composer, the themes within the music and drama, and the overall production.


Backstage Tours

Explore behind the scenes at Lyric and learn about the magic that brings the Ring cycle to life. Included with Valhalla Circle Rheinmaiden membership.

Cycle 1: Daily, 10:00am
Tuesday, April 14 – Saturday, April 18, 2020
Cycle 2: Daily, 10:00am
Tuesday, April 21 – Saturday, April 25, 2020
Cycle 3: Daily, 10:00am
Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1, 2020



The Music of Wagner

Enjoy a one-hour recital of music related to and inspired by Wagner and the Ring cycle. Performed by singers from Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center, the program will offer a range of selections that will be revealing and entertaining.

Cycle 1: Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 12:00pm
Cycle 2: Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 12:00pm
Cycle 3: Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 12:00pm



The Philosophy of the Ring

Learn from noted philosopher, author, and University of Chicago Law and Ethics professor Martha Nussbaum about Wagner, philosophy, and how the thinking of the time shaped the Ring cycle. Included with Valhalla Circle Siegfried membership.

Cycle 1: Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 2:30pm
Cycle 2: Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 2:30pm
Cycle 3: Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 2:30pm



Discussion with the Ring’s Creative Team

Join the set, costume, and lighting designers for an insight-filled chat about our new cycle. Included with Valhalla Circle Siegfried membership.

Cycle 1: Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 2:00pm



Discussion with Sir Andrew Davis and Cast Members

Lyric’s music director and conductor of the Ring, Sir Andrew Davis, joins select cast members for a discussion and Q&A. Included with Valhalla Circle Siegfried membership.

Cycle 2: Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 2:00pm
Cycle 3: Thursday, April 30, 2020, 12:00pm


$39 – $69

Longer! Louder! Wagner! The Second City Wagner Companion

Lyric Opera and The Second City join forces once again to celebrate everyone’s favorite four-day, fifteen-hour opera. Longer! Louder! Wagner! The Second City Wagner Companion brings us to 1848 Germany where Wagner first began work on the Ring, to modern-day Bayreuth, home of Wagner’s personally-designed opera house, and hilariously illustrates the lasting effects of his masterpiece and the headaches an opera company might encounter trying to mount this behemoth. Note: Show may contain inaccurate German accents.

Various Dates and Times:
Wednesday, April 15 – Saturday, May 2, 2020



Flight of the Valkyries

Sample a flight of craft beers and mingle with fellow music lovers. Included with Valhalla Circle Valkyrie membership.

Cycle 1: Monday, April 13, 2020, 9:30pm
Cycle 2: Monday, April 20, 2020, 9:30pm
Cycle 3: Monday, April 27, 2020, 5:00pm


Valhalla Circle Exclusive Events

Brut Strength

Enjoy a champagne toast while exploring the set of Siegfried. Exclusive to Valhalla Circle Siegfried membership.

Cycle 1: Thursday, April 16, 2020, 12:00pm
Cycle 2: Thursday, April 23, 2020, 12:00pm
Cycle 3: Friday, May 1, 2020, 12:00pm

Twilight Progressive Meal

Take part in an exquisite dining experience during the intermissions of Götterdämmerung. Exclusive to Valhalla Circle Wotan membership.

Cycle 1: Saturday, April 18, 2020, 4:30pm
Cycle 2: Saturday, April 25, 2020, 4:30pm
Cycle 3: Saturday, May 3, 2020, 1:30pm

Lyric Opera Ring Cycle 2020

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.

RING Cycle 2016 — 2020

Lead Sponsor


Bulley & Andrews - LOGO

National Endowment for the Arts - LOGO

With additional support from Robin Angly, Richard J. and Barbara Franke, and the Prince Charitable Trusts.