Proving Up

January 22. 2022 - January 30. 2022

Upcoming Dates

January 22. 2022 - January 30. 2022

Lyric Premiere Proving Up

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The American dream: the promise of a better life for those who work to achieve it. In this gripping drama, acclaimed composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek explore whether regular, hardworking people are able to fulfill their destiny — and what happens when fate is cruel, and their dreams turn into nightmares. A haunting, supernatural story of Nebraska homesteaders in the 1870s and their dream of “proving up” and obtaining the deed to the land they’ve settled, the opera draws us vividly into a world where the requirement of a single glass window can shatter the hopes and dreams of a family. The Washington Post called Proving Up “harrowing…powerful…a true opera of our time.” Join us for the anticipated Chicago premiere of this new chamber opera.

 

The Owen Balcony is only accessible by stairs, with no elevator access. If anyone in your party is unable to use the stairs, please select seats in the Main Floor or Mezzanine sections.

  • Language: Sung in English with projected English texts
  • Running Time: 1 hour 25 minutes with no intermission
  • Location: Owen Theatre at Goodman Theatre

Meet the artists

* Lyric debut
** Ryan Opera Center alumna

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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. Though there are still many unknowns around the fall season, we are committed to communicating to you with transparency about our plans for the fall.

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

Alice & John Butler

 

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 presentation of Mazzoli’s Proving Up is generously made possible by

Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel

Robert & Penelope Steiner Family Foundation