Join Lyric Young Professionals

A project of the Renée Fleming Initiative, Lyric Young Professionals (LYP) is a growing group of more than 200 dynamic opera lovers dedicated to building the next generation of supporters for Lyric Opera of Chicago. We engage our members through performances, education, professional networking opportunities, and unique social events.

You are invited to join LYP at any time throughout the year to unlock exclusive engagement opportunities at your desired membership level. All LYP contributions directly support The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. As the next generation of Lyric supporters, LYP is passionate about creating a sustainable environment for the future of opera. The Ryan Opera Center prepares emerging singers and apprentice coaches for careers in opera by providing unique, comprehensive training.

If you would prefer to give by phone, please contact our Donor Records office at 312.827.3500.

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A project of the Renée Fleming Initiative, Lyric Young Professionals (LYP) is a growing group of more than 200 dynamic opera lovers dedicated to building the next generation of supporters for Lyric Opera of Chicago. We engage our members through performances, education, professional networking opportunities, and unique social events.

You are invited to join LYP at any time throughout the year to unlock exclusive engagement opportunities at your desired membership level. All LYP contributions directly support The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. As the next generation of Lyric supporters, LYP is passionate about creating a sustainable environment for the future of opera. The Ryan Opera Center prepares emerging singers and apprentice coaches for careers in opera by providing unique, comprehensive training.

If you would prefer to give by phone, please contact our Donor Records office at 312.827.3500.

Membership Levels

LYP Encore

$35 contribution

Ticketing

  • Access to last-minute Encore ticketing deals ($59 Main Floor tickets, $39 balcony)

Exclusive Benefits

  • Access to LYP events with an additional admission price of $15 (at least 3 per year)
  • Networking opportunities with other young professional groups

LYP Member

$150 ($100 dues, $50 contribution)

Ticketing

  • Access to purchase up to two (2) Medley subscriptions (packages start at $105 for a minimum three performances).
  • Two (2) floating Medley tickets available to purchase per Medley season at $35/ticket.
  • Access to last-minute Encore ticketing deals ($59 Main Floor tickets, $39 balcony).

Exclusive Benefits

  • Access to purchase one (1) ticket for the Halloween Masquerade at a discounted price
  • Complimentary access to LYP events
  • Networking opportunities with other young professional groups

Additional Benefits

  • Lyric membership card, granting you member-level pricing on merchandise through our website and when you show your card at our OperaShop
  • Opportunity to attend the Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

LYP Contributor

$250 ($100 dues, $150 contribution)

Ticketing

  • Access to purchase up to two (2) Medley subscriptions (packages start at $105 for a minimum three performances)
  • Four (4) floating Medley tickets available to purchase per Medley season at $35/ticket
  • Two (2) additional Medley tickets to purchase per Medley performance at $35/ticket
  • Access to last-minute Encore ticketing deals ($59 Main Floor tickets, $39 balcony)

Exclusive Benefits

  • Access to purchase two (2) tickets for the Halloween Masquerade at a discounted price
  • Complimentary access to LYP events 
  • Networking opportunities with other young professional groups

Additional Benefits

  • Volunteer opportunities with other Lyric leaders.
  • Eligibility to apply for a Member at Large position on the LYP Board.
  • Lyric membership card, granting you member-level pricing on merchandise through our website and when you show your card at our OperaShop.
  • Opportunity to attend the Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert.
  • Opportunity to attend ONE private Working Rehearsal*—exclusive to Contributor membership.

    *A maximum of two guests may attend a Working Rehearsal

LYP Associate

$400 ($100 dues, $300 contribution)

Ticketing

  • Access to purchase up to two (2) Medley subscriptions (packages start at $105 for a minimum three performances)
  • Six (6) floating Medley tickets available to purchase per Medley season at $35/ticket
  • Two (2) additional Medley tickets to purchase per Medley performance at $35/ticket
  • Access to last-minute Encore ticketing deals ($59 Main Floor tickets, $39 balcony)

Exclusive Benefits

  • Access to purchase four (4) tickets for the Halloween Masquerade at a discounted price.
  • Complimentary access to LYP events.
  • Networking opportunities with other young professional groups.

Additional Benefits

  • Eligibility to apply for an officer position on the LYP Executive Committee.
  • Volunteer opportunities with other Lyric leaders.
  • Eligibility to apply for a Member at Large position on the LYP Board.
  • NEW Opportunity to attend TWO private Working Rehearsals*—exclusive to Associate membership.
  • Opportunity to attend the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert.
  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Rising Stars in Concert
  • Lyric membership card, granting you member-level pricing on merchandise through our website and when you show your card at our OperaShop.

*A maximum of two guests may attend a Working Rehearsal.

Enthusiast

$600 ($100 dues, $500 contribution)

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • TWO passes to redeem among three Donor Dress Rehearsals during the upcoming season.

Activities

  • Opportunity to attend Lyric’s Annual Meeting with voting rights.
  • All other unrelated opportunities listed above.

Want more benefits?

Join the Encore Society.

Encore Society members can enjoy access to private intermission gatherings, performance program recognition, premium ticket services, and more.

LYP membership begins at $1,100.

Want to indulge?

Join the Crescendo Society.

Crescendo Society members can join pre-performance social hours, private dining options, access to restricted dress rehearsals, and more.

LYP membership begins at $5,100.

Want to get closer?

Join the Ardis Krainik Council.

The Ardis Krainik Council is comprised of Lyric's closest donors. Members receive premium seating at exclusive events, customized benefits and recognition, and concierge ticketing service for national and international opera houses.

LYP membership begins at $25,100.