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.

Upcoming special events

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.

Public programs inspired by BLUE

Public programs inspired by BLUE

Inspired by the Chicago premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s opera Blue, Lyric has developed a slate of public programs geared toward engaging audiences in conversations around contemporary issues relevant to the opera. 

Spring 2022

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 2022 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.

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