Special events

Lyric hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. We present backstage tours, inside discussions, intimate concerts, virtual get-togethers, parties, and more. You'll find all of our latest offerings here.

August 21, 2022

Sunday in the Park with Lyric

Sunday in the Park with Lyric

Join us for an evening of beautiful music as artists from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center perform a variety of favorites from the 2022/23 Season accompanied by members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and conducted by Enrique Mazzola, Lyric's music director. Bring a blanket, your favorite snacks, your fellow music lovers, and those you can't wait to introduce to opera for this free, fun and friendly, can't-miss summer delight that always ushers in a new cultural season on a high note.

There's No Place Like Lyric: Season Opening Gala

There's No Place Like Lyric: Season Opening Gala

You're Invited to the spectacular Season Opening Gala on Saturday, September 10, 2022! Join us for cocktails, dinner, and dancing at this very special occasion that is taking place inside the Lyric Opera House for the first time. Walk the red carpet, enjoy performances by artists from the world of opera and beyond, and gather together with friends and Lyric family.

Wine Auction

Wine Auction

Since its inception in 1988, Wine Auction has raised over $11 million in support of Lyric Opera of Chicago. Held every three years by the Women’s Board, Wine Auction 2018 netted a record-breaking $2.2 million and was named a “Top Charity Wine Auction” by Wine Spectator.

Under the leadership of the Women’s Board, Wine Auction 2023 will make a profound impact on Lyric’s ability to present grand opera of the highest quality to audiences in Chicago and beyond. This formal affair draws 400 guests from around the country and features a reception, elegant dinner, and live auction. A dazzling array of curated wines, unique dining experiences, and exquisite travel packages will be available for bidding.

First Sundays at 7:00 pm

WFMT Recital Series

WFMT Recital Series

In this radio series, heard via 98.7WFMT and WFMT.com, members of Lyric's Ryan Opera Center professional artist-development program perform duo and trio recitals throughout the opera season.

Lyric family

Lyric family

Board members, chapter members, and donors get exclusive invitations to special events, meetings, dress rehearsals, and more. Log in to your account and find what is waiting for you.

Photos: Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival, Kyle Flubacker, The Kama Photography, Jaclyn Simpson