Support Lyric

Your kindness ignites creativity on our stage and beyond

Our return to the stage this season brings new challenges and exciting opportunities, and we need our family of loyal, creative, and thoughtful contributors to help us shape what Lyric can be. Transformational philanthropy — at every level — will provide Lyric with the necessary resources to emerge stronger and more vibrant than ever.

Your caring support allows us to continue to advance artistic excellence, increase the relevance and reach of opera for both traditional and new audiences, engage our diverse communities through signature learning and exploration initiatives, and expand our role as a cultural cornerstone in Chicago.

Lyric is a nonprofit

It’s true! Lyric Opera of Chicago is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. We exist to serve our community: welcoming all who wish to enjoy the transformational musical experience only opera can provide. This is our responsibility to our community and to the art form.

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Explore the exciting engagement opportunities we offer to our Friends of Lyric. Or consider increasing your commitment to enjoy the personalized experiences we offer to Patrons of Lyric.

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Impact of your thoughtful support

Impact of your thoughtful support

Your gift helps students find their voices in our school and community programs. Your investment ensures that emerging artists can hone their craft at the Ryan Opera Center. Your vision nurtures contemporary works that explore important issues. And your generosity empowers the hard-working professionals who bring our productions to life. Countless individuals, groups, and families benefit when you support Lyric.

Empower the future

Every dollar counts at Lyric. But some Lyric lovers are positioned for major impact. A transformational investment, major support for a production, making long-term endowment gifts, or designating Lyric as a beneficiary of your estate plans are all smart ways to secure the future of Lyric in the short or long term.

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Leave a legacy

Support what you love

You — our committed donors, partners, and sponsors, who share our vision — help us redefine what it means to be a great opera company in the 21st century. Each pillar of our mission is vital to our future, and we invite you to support the programs for which you care most.

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Name a seat

Name a seat

Memorialize your deep connection to the Lyric family by naming a seat in the Ardis Krainik Theatre for yourself, a special person in your life, an important event, or an organization. We’ll place an engraved brass plaque on the armrest of your seat(s) proclaiming your generosity in perpetuity.

Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg, Kyle Flubacker