2016/17 Season Subscriptions are Now On Sale

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Lyric has two ways to subscribe. Fixed-Date Series allow you the ease of pre-selected dates, the same seats for most performances, and the option to renew with priority for years to come! Some Fixed-Date Series now feature "You Choose" dates for up to three operas, allowing you to pick the date that works best for you on that title. 

Create Your Own Series allow you to choose each opera, date, and seating section that you'd like in your package. Save up to 50% off individual ticket prices when you subscribe, plus get priority access to 2016/17 special concerts and events featuring Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, and more!

View the 16/17 subscription brochure.


New Subscribers

Fixed-Date Series

When you choose from more than 20 custom series, you have the ease of pre-selected dates, the same seats for most performances, and the option to renew with priority for years to come! With easy exchanges — and no exchange fees when completed 5 days before your performance — choose from 4–8 operas, matinees or evenings!
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Create Your Own Series

Don't see a series that fits your schedule or taste? Create your own series and choose the performances (operas or special events), dates, and seating areas you want. You can mix and match your dates and seating zones as you wish!
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Individual opera tickets are now on sale.

Need more flexibility?

We’re happy to customize a 2016/17 package that’s just right for you! Call 312.827.5600 today.

Subscriber Benefits

Subscribers get great custom benefits including the best seats, the most flexibility, and excellent customer service. Plus, you’ll pay the lowest prices of the season, up to 50% off individual ticket prices! Subscribe today and enjoy:

Easy Payment Plans

Just 50% down secures your series with no additional processing or handling fees. Custom payment plans available by phone allow you to pay the balance of your subscription monthly.


Subscribers have always had the flexibility to exchange tickets for another performance of the same opera if a scheduling conflict arises. But this year, for the first time, there will be no fees for exchanges completed 5 days before the performance! Fees apply to exchanges less than 5 days prior to your performance or exchanges that include an upgrade in seating section or date. Series including Value dates may exchange for Value dates only.* 


Fixed-date series subscribers to 4, 5, or 6 operas may customize your series with TRADEONE ™ and trade one opera in your series for one that is not. Just let us know which opera you want to trade when you subscribe or after you receive your tickets. Fees apply.

Seating Priority

Fixed-date series subscribers may renew their seats for all the seasons to come —that’s why lifelong friendships often develop with subscriber-neighbors. All subscribers receive priority seating before tickets go on sale to the public.

Flexibility: Create Your Own Series

Can’t find a series that fits your needs? Pick the operas or special events you want on dates you can attend, and still save up to 20%. Please note that your exact seat location will differ from date to date.  

Children’s Prices for Every Opera

Children’s tickets are $20-$50 depending on your seat locations. We’ll arrange your subscription seating so that you will all sit together.

Advance Ordering Privileges and Priority Seating for Special Events

Subscribers get early access to purchase tickets to special events, like Celebrating Plácido, Chicago Voices Gala Concert, and recitals with Lawrence Brownlee and Eric Owens, and Itzhak Perlman.

Year-long discount on additional opera and musical tickets.

As a subscriber you receive a 10% discount on additional opera and musical tickets all season long, making it easy to secure the best seats to bring friends, family, and colleagues to enjoy performances.

No parking price increase!

Lyric Opera subscribers will continue to enjoy a special low rate of $12 a performance at Poetry Garage, located at 201 Madison. To purchase discounted parking vouchers in advance visit thepoetrygarage.com *Offer only valid weeknights 3pm–3am. Up to 12 hours on weekends. Not valid for weekday matinee performances.

Invitations to exclusive subscriber events during the season

Priority dining reservations at Lyric’s onsite restaurants

Priority seating on the matinee Opera Bus

CYO Value Dates are the first three performances (Sunday excluded) of any 2016/17 opera production. Buy these early Value dates and SAVE even more! Value date subscribers may exchange among Value dates only, otherwise upgrade fees may apply.

Beyond the Performance

Being a Lyric subscriber means that you’re a member of Chicago’s vibrant community of music lovers. In addition to the many resources that you may watch, read, and listen to at lyricopera.org, subscribers enjoy a variety of ways to learn more about opera, enhance your performance, and meet fellow subscribers!

Free Pre-Opera Talks Before Every Opera Performance

Your ticket to the opera is also a ticket to learn more about the fascinating background of each production. You and your guests may arrive one hour before curtain time and enjoy a free, 30-minute pre-opera talk right in the opera house. Excludes opening night of the season.

Enjoy Dining at Lyric

The pleasure and comfort of dining right at the Civic Opera House are yours with two unique restaurants offering marvelous meals created by Calihan Catering. Perfect for both evening and matinee patrons looking for ambience, choice, and hassle-free convenience. Lyric also offers concessions and coat check services on every floor.

Free Subscriptions to Lyric Opera News and Lyric Notes

Twice a year, be the first to receive Lyric’s glossy magazine and read in-depth interviews and behindthe- scenes features. And once a month, enjoy Lyric’s e-newsletter delivered straight to your inbox!

Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park — September 9, 2016

Each fall, Chicago’s music lovers come out to experience the Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park, a free concert under the stars. Pack your picnic basket and bring your friends to enjoy a performance featuring acclaimed Lyric star voices with the Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra. The Millennium Park concert is sure to whet your appetite for the much-anticipated season.

Lyric Uncorked

This casual event offers background on how an opera comes together, a visit with one of the creative artists, and behind-the-scenes access at the Civic Opera House. Relax, have some wine, and learn a lot about opera! New subscribers are invited to attend one free Lyric Uncorked event each season. (2016/17 dates announced Summer 2016. Capacity limited.)

Social Media

You are Lyric’s community —keep in touch with us and chat with fellow opera lovers on Lyric’s active social media platforms.


New To Opera?

Welcome to Lyric Opera — we are delighted that you're considering a subscription! Subscribing offers you the best price on tickets, and the best available seating before remaining tickets go on sale to the public. Subscribing is also a great way to commit to moving and unforgettable performance experiences during the year — because if you subscribe and put the dates on your calendar now, you'll be sure to attend!

Some Package Suggestions for First-Time Opera Subscribers

Lyric has two types of subscriptions. Fixed-Date series have set dates, and you'll usually have the same seats for all of your shows. Create Your Own series means that you can choose anything you like — any titles, any dates, any seats — and make the perfect mix-and-match series that suits your tastes.

If you're looking for a good starter package, here are some suggestions:

4-Opera Series:

B2 Series — All Wednesday evenings
E1 and E3 Series — All Tuesday evenings (Series offered in different sections of the house)
F1 Series — All Saturday evenings

The series above include popular works in Italian, German, French, and Russian, featuring many different styles and stories. Great ways to sample many different types of opera in one year!

Ways to Create Your Own Series:

Lyric's 2016/17 Season features:

Two classic works in Italian: Lucia di Lammermoor and Norma
Three works in French: Les Troyens, Don Quichotte (Don Quixote), and Carmen
Two works in German: Das Rheingold and The Magic Flute
One work in Russian: Eugene Onegin

Opportunities to see Wagner's Das Rheingold and Berlioz's Les Troyens, two epic masterworks, are rare, and so if you are an opera adventurer who loves lush music, consider including these two works.

If you love vocal fireworks, consider Lucia and Norma, masterworks for only the most fearless of sopranos.

The familiar stories of the dreamer/idealist Don Quichotte (Don Quixote), the femme fatale Carmen, and the romance and heartbreak of Eugene Onegin are favorite hits.

And remember, only subscribers have access to all of Lyric's 2016/17 special events, so take advantage of priority access and be sure to order when you subscribe.

We look forward to sharing the new season with you!