Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities
Become an Integral Part of the Lyric Family.

Lyric's sponsorships offer a range of benefits including behind-the-scenes access to artists, unique networking experiences, recognition, special invitations to exclusive events, and much more. Without question, Sponsorship is a tremendous marketing, branding, and relationship building tool. Subscribers, donors, boards, and employees prefer to patronize and work with organizations that invest in making their community a greater place.

As the arts flourish, so will creativity and innovation – the fuel that drives our City and our economy. Explore the options below to learn how to get involved.

Production Sponsorship
Artist Ailyn Pérez with Gael Neeson and Stefan Edlis

Production Sponsorship

Lyric's world class productions are a major element in the City of Chicago’s standing as a world center for the performing arts, which in turn attracts outstanding new residents, tourism, and economic development. Lyric presents grand operas, musicals, and one-night-only concerts of the highest international caliber, a capability in which direct production costs are underwritten by Production Sponsors. They provide the vital financial support for our entire range of work, including world and company premieres and new productions of classic and contemporary masterworks.

Production Sponsors include corporations, foundations and trusts, and individuals. Exclusive sponsorships of a production are available, but often a consortium of cosponsors is established to underwrite a production. In turn, the Sponsors enjoy enormous satisfaction and the opportunity for recognition as well. The opening night festivities around a production, with a dinner hosted by the Lyric’s General Director beforehand, the excitement of the production itself, and the private cast party thereafter create lasting memories for a Sponsor and friends, family, and clients.

Contact Elizabeth Hurley, Chief Development Officer at ehurley@lyricopera.org for more information.


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Artist Ailyn Pérez with Gael Neeson and Stefan Edlis

Mainstage Artist Sponsorship

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Begin an extraordinary journey behind the curtain when you champion your favorite singer by becoming their Mainstage Singer Sponsor.

Contact Lawrence DelPilar, Senior Director, Development at ldelpilar@lyricopera.org for more information.



Performance Sponsorship

Celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or milestone event, or honor that very special person.

Contact Lawrence DelPilar, Senior Director, Development at ldelpilar@lyricopera.org for more information.


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Angel Opera-tunities

For the first time, Lyric Opera of Chicago is offering you the chance to underwrite specific production elements during our 2018/19 opera season with our "Angel Opera-tunities". From the snow in La bohème, or the blood in Elektra, to Siegfried's Fafner dragon, you have ample choices to make your mark on the season. We want you to watch and know that your support is individually responsible for helping create these moments of magic.

Opera is a unique art form: a true amalgamation of nearly every medium, brought to life by great composers, visionary directors and designers, skilled artisans, and amazing singers and orchestral musicians. Each element comes together to create moments of pure exhilaration and memories that audiences will cherish for ages.

Contact Scott Podraza, Associate Director of Annual Giving at spodraza@lyricopera.org for more information.

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Lyric Unlimited Family Day 2018

Lyric Unlimited Sponsorship

As funding diminishes for public school arts programming, it is the duty of a community's arts organizations to ensure that music remains an important part of students' lives. Sponsorships are needed for all of our Lyric Unlimited programs. Learn more about these important programs here.

Contact Daniel Moss, Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships at dmoss@lyricopera.org for more information.


Ryan Opera Center Summer Workshop

Ryan Opera Center Sponsorship

Established in 1974 as the professional artist-development program for Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center has been recognized as one of the premier programs of its kind in the world for more than four decades. That standing is maintained by providing the finest up-and-coming singers and pianists with unparalleled training and experience.

Sponsor a singer, artistic coaching, professional performance attire, voice instruction and much, much more!

Contact Meaghan Stainback, Associate Director of Individual Giving at mstainback@lyricopera.org for more information.

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Lyric Special Event

Benefit Event Sponsorship

Looking for a reason to celebrate? Each season, Lyric hosts several Benefit Events that allow you to support Lyric's many programs and operating expenses, as well as enjoy a night on the town with your Lyric family! Aside from our Opening Night Opera Ball this past October, the 2018/19 Season boasts two additional Benefit opportunities:

1. The Women's Board will present a stunning black (or white tie!) gala at the Ritz-Carlton featuring live entertainment from the Stu Hirsch Orchestra, following the Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert on March 23, 2019.
2. The Women's Board and Guild Board of Directors collaborate to bring to life the West Side Story Celebration, complete with an After Party at Ignite Glass Studios on May 10, 2019.

Please call the Special Events Office at 312.827.5682 for more information, or to secure your spot at one of these fabulous events!


Photos by Cory Weaver, Bob Kusel, Dan Rest, Todd Rosenberg