March 09. 2024 - April 07. 2024

Upcoming Dates

March 09. 2024 - April 07. 2024

New-to-Chicago production Aida

Giuseppe Verdi

Opera at its grandest! While Aida delights audiences with its visual splendor, it also captivates them with a score ranging from exquisitely intimate arias to deeply dramatic duets and trios, and the most thrilling choruses Verdi ever composed. At Lyric Opera of Chicago, each of the five principal artists boasts not only a sumptuously beautiful voice, but also the charismatic presence to bring these characters and the opera's story of a riveting love triangle vividly to life. Conducting Francesca Zambello’s striking production will be Music Director Enrique Mazzola, acknowledged internationally as an exceptionally authoritative Verdian.

  • Language: Sung in Italian with projected English titles
  • Running Time: 3 hours, including 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House
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Lyric’s presentation of Verdi’s Aida is generously made possible by an Anonymous Donor, The Julius Frankel FoundationMary Patricia Gannon Trust, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance, Liz Stiffel, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, and ITW.

Maestro Enrique Mazzola is generously sponsored by Alice & John Butler, H. Gael Neeson, Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel, and the Robert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation as members of the Enrique Circle.

Athletico is the official provider of physical therapy for Lyric.

Pre-opera talk

Speaker: Colin Ure

Join us in the Ardis Krainik Theatre one hour before your opera performance begins for a free, 30-minute preview talk discussing that day’s production.

Seating is unreserved, but a ticket for that day’s performance is required. Talks begin one hour before each performance and doors open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the talks.

Pre-opera talks are supported by Raynette and Ned Boshell.






* Lyric debut

Program book

Go inside this production of Aida with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.


A co-production of San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, and Minnesota Opera.

Header image: Edward Wilensky/San Diego Opera