About the Lyric Opera Chapters

In a Lyric Opera Chapter, opera lovers of all ages get together to enjoy lectures, musical performances, events, volunteer opportunities, and each other's company. Each Chapter is chartered with the dual purpose of providing educational programs in their communities and raising money to support community-engagement and educational programs at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Chapter memberships start at $100 annually ($75 donation to the Lyric Annual Campaign and $25 for Chapter dues). You are welcome to join multiple Chapters by paying $25 for each additional Chapter dues, once the minimum $75 annual donation has been made. Further, you can add your spouse or partner for $25 per Chapter.

Chapter Community

Barrington, Evanston, Far West, Flossmoor Area, Glencoe, Hinsdale, Lake Geneva, Near North, Northfield, Riverside, Wilmette, Winnetka

Chapter Member Engagement Opportunities

This Season's Chapter Events

February 17, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

Ariodante lecture
Far West Chapter

The Far West Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to a lecture on Ariodante presented by Dr. Mark Harbold. Dr. Harbold is a Professor of Music at Elmhurst College where he supervises the music history program and is one of the coordinators for the music theory/composition program. In 2017-18 he went to India as a visiting professor at the madras Christian College where he observed varied pedagogical approaches in Indian music schools.

The event will take place in the Activity Room at the Wyndemere Retirement Community located at 200 Wyndemere Circle in Wheaton IL.
Admission is free. To RSVP please email Ida Lee at ieaida@aol.com

February 27, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m.

Salon at the LeBoyer residence
Near North Chapter

Gathering – 6:30 p.m.
Lecture – 7:00 p.m.
Social Hour – 8:00 p.m.

The Near North Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to a Salon in the 9th floor Hospitality Room at the LeBoyer’s residence.
Join the Chapter for a lecture on Handel’s Ariodante presented by Geoffrey Edwards. Mr. Edwards is an award-winning author and Artistic Director of the Marquee Theatre Company. His discussion of Handel’s Ariodante will explore the music and drama of this Baroque masterpiece, as well as its place in opera history.

Admission to the event is $30 for members and guests and are payable via check. Please RSVP by February 22, 2019.

For more information please email Jackie Knight at jackie@knight-muller.com.

March 17, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.

The Creation of West Side Story
Far West, Hinsdale and Riverside Chapters

The Far West, Hinsdale, and Riverside Chapters of Lyric Opera of Chicago invite you to “The Creation of West Side Story” a multi-media presentation by Charles Troy.

The event take place at Reserve 22 located at 485 Winchell Way, Glen Ellyn Illinois.

Admission is $55.00 and includes a buffet lunch.
For reservations, please contact Carla Thorpe at thorpec@sbcglobal.net.

April 13, 2019 @ 3:00 p.m.

Cedille Chicago with Jim Ginsburg
Evanston Chapter

The Evanston Chapter will host Jim Ginsburg, Founder and President of the not-for-profit Cedille Records. Cedille Chicago is dedicated to bringing Chicago’s finest classical musicians to a worldwide audience by recording, distributing, and promoting their work.

The event will take place at the Michigan Shores Club located at 911 Michigan Avenue, Wilmette IL.

Admission is $15 for Chapter members and $20 for guests, and all payments can be made at the door.

 April 28, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.

Operas, Arias, and Broadway Tunes
Barrington & Northwest Suburbs

Gathering: 1:30 p.m.
Performance: 2:00 p.m.
Luncheon: 3:15 p.m.

The Barrington & Northwest Suburban Chapter invites you an afternoon of Opera Arias and Broadway Tunes. Performers include Ola Rafalo, Award Winning Polish-American Mezzo, Christian Ketter, Lyric Opera Tenor, and Irina Feokistova, classically trained Pianist from St. Petersburg who will accompany the singers.

The performance will be followed by a four course lunch at the Metropolis Ballroom in downtown Arlington Hts.

Admission is $90 per person. For more information or reservations, please contact Sherie Shapiro at 847.593.6868.

May 7-10, 2019

Toronto, Canada Trip
Near North Chapter

The Near North Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to join them in Toronto, Canada for what promises to be an exciting trip! The trip will include opera tickets to La bohème at the Canadian Opera Company ($143) featuring Angel Blue, Atalila Ayan and Andriana Chuchman, and Verdi’s Othello ($123) featuring Russell Thomas and Tamara Wilson, who appeared in Il trovatore at Lyric this season! In addition, the Chapter is planning to have a city tour ($36) along with several dinners and other museum and theater trips.

Would you like to join the Near North Chapter for four days of great music, food, and camaraderie? If so please secure your place with a $100 deposit by March 15th.

For more information, please email Erika Erich at eerich@att.net.



May 22, 2019

Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon
Hinsdale Chapter

Meeting: 11:00 a.m.
Program: 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon: 12:30 a.m.

The Hinsdale Chapter of the Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold their annual meeting and Spring luncheon on May 22, 2019. The program will feature Sladjana Saric, Soprano accompanied by Victor Moreno, Pianist.

The event will be held at the Edgewood Valley Country Club located at 7500 Willow Springs Road, LaGrange IL. Admission is $65 per person.

Please contact the Chapter Office at 312.827.5673 or lyricchapters@lyricopera.org for more information.