September 17. 2021 - October 09. 2021

Upcoming Dates

September 17. 2021 - October 09. 2021

New production Macbeth


Lyric’s riveting season opener is the inaugural production of Music Director Enrique Mazzola's tenure, and a brand-new production from Sir David McVicar. Adapting one of the greatest tragedies written by his hero, Shakespeare, Verdi created a stunning portrait of the most power-hungry couple who ever trod a stage. Macbeth’s bloody ascent to the throne of Scotland — led and supported by his wife’s own consuming ambition — results in disaster for them both. Verdi brings them to blazing life in a score that bristles with energy and endless excitement. Grand-scale arias, hair-raising duets, stupendous ensembles — they’re all here, in the first genuine masterpiece of Verdi’s career.

  • Language: Sung in Italian with projected English texts
  • Running Time: 3 hours with 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

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Meet the artists

* Lyric debut
** Ryan Opera Center alumnus


Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. & Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

© 2021/22 Lyric Opera Commentaries. All rights reserved.
The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.
A project of the Women’s Board.

Macbeth Commentary by Colin Ure

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Your safety is our priority

Your safety is our priority

Lyric is fully committed to the health and safety of our entire family — our audiences, artists, technicians, administrative staff, and all of the communities we serve throughout each season. We are committed to continually communicating with you, with full transparency, as our health and safety policies continue to evolve.

Enrique Mazzola is generously sponsored by the following members of the Enrique Circle

Alice & John Butler


H. Gael Neeson

Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel

Robert & Penelope Steiner Family Foundation

The Enrique Circle is comprised of Lyric’s most dedicated supporters who are committed to championing Maestro Enrique Mazzola's exciting artistic vision and legacy.

Lyric’s new co-production of Verdi’s Macbeth is generously made possible by


Julie & Roger Baskes

Marlys A. Beider

Patricia A. Kenney & Gregory J. O'Leary

Additional support is provided by Lyric Opera of Chicago's Production Circle.

A co-production of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Canadian Opera Company.