Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary

March 23. 2019

Upcoming Dates

March 23. 2019

Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert & Gala


Renée Fleming, soprano
Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
Quinn Kelsey, baritone
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Christian Van Horn, bass-baritone
Members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Lyric Opera Orchestra
Patrick Summers, conductor

Tituss Burgess, host and special guest


Lyric Opera of Chicago audiences first experienced the incomparable artistry of world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming in the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah in 1993.

Since that debut, this cultural icon and international star has continued to make headlines wherever she goes. Whether it has been in leading roles on the most celebrated stages, receiving a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama, or singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in front of more than 100 million viewers, Renée Fleming has become known as “The People’s Diva.”

During this extraordinary time, she has also made Lyric Opera an artistic home. She has performed onstage, fostered emerging artists in her role as advisor to The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, and encouraged a future generation of opera lovers through Lyric Unlimited programs.

Since 2010, Ms. Fleming has served as Lyric’s creative consultant. She has been the driving force behind projects like Lyric’s world premiere opera Bel Canto, collaborations with The Second City, and the Chicago Voices initiative, which bridged musical genres and generations in a groundbreaking, multi-faceted series of programs during the past two years.

Join Lyric as we celebrate and honor Renée Fleming’s extraordinary commitment to Chicago and her unparalleled contributions to our art form over the last 25 years. The Lyric Orchestra and a cast of friends will perform in an extraordinary evening including arias from The Marriage of FigaroToscaFalstaffRusalka, and The Merry Widow along with selections from Carousel and The Light in the Piazza.


*Artists and program subject to change.

  • Location: Lyric Opera House

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Meet the artists

** Ryan Opera Center alumnus

Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert & Gala sponsors

Lead sponsor

Liz Stiffel

Platinum sponsors

The Crown Family

Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan

Sage Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance

Ann Ziff

Diamond sponsors

Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Krehbiel

Golden sponsors

Anonymous Donor

Henry and Gilda Buchbinder Family Foundation

Amy and Paul Carbone

Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Cole

Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell

Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.

Heinz Family Foundation

J. Thomas Hurvis


Jenner & Block

Rebecca and Lester Knight

Kohler Co.

Mr. and Mrs. Todd D. Mitchell

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Morrison

Allan and Elaine Muchin

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Osborn

J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes


Silver sponsors

Dr. and Mrs. Mark Bowen

Dr. Young Chung

Mrs. Robert W. Galvin

Andi and Jim Gordon/ The Edgewater Funds

Make It Better Media

Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel

Jennifer N. Pritzker

Pritzker Traubert Foundation

Donna Van Eekeren and Dale Connelly

Additional support

Mr. & Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross

Julian Family Foundation

Photo: Todd Rosenberg