Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Uncorked is for people who want to get more from the opera experience—whether they’re longtime fans or just curious—by learning directly from Lyric staff members.

Wine and snacks will be served.


Session I—Straight from the Opera Singer’s Mouth 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 6-7pm

• Jill Grove (Ježibaba in Rusalka) will talk about what it’s like to be an opera singer, what’s so great about opera, how she feels about Rusalka, and what to watch/listen for at the show. 

Session II—Exploring Rusalka 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 6-7pm

• A spirited tour of the music and story with Lyric's audience education manager Jesse Gram.

Session III—Behind the Scenes 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 6-7pm

• Lyric's Technical Design Manager Val Walz talks about the new Rusalka production and leads a tour of the production areas backstage.

Interested in seeing Rusalka after your Lyric Uncorked experience?  

Register for Lyric Uncorked and you'll receive a promo code to enjoy $39 balcony or $59 main floor tickets on the Rusalka date of your choice! (Maximum of 4 tickets. Discount not retroactive to previously purchased tickets and subject to availability.)

Registration also includes FREE admission to the Rusalka Discovery Series on Wednesday, February 12. 

Pricing and Tickets

• Space is limited and reservations are required. Admission is $65 for all three sessions. Sessions not sold separately. Click here to reserve.

All events are at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive.
Enter through the opera house doors at the south end of the block.

*Discount not retroactive to previously purchased tickets, non-transferable, and subject to availability.

Photos: Bill Cooper, Jaclyn Simpson Photography

Antonín Dvořák at his romantic best as dark swirling under-currents blend seamlessly with entrancing melodies.

A witch grants a water nymph mortality so she can marry the prince she adores. But if he's unfaithful, their souls are damned for eternity. And damned they are in this darkly sensual fairytale.

Read an interview with Lyric's own Rusalka, Ana María Martínez, on her character.

Cast and creative team:

Rusalka - Ana María Martínez  

Ana María Martínez

Rusalka - Brandon Jovanovich  

Brandon Jovanovich

Rusalka- Jill Grove 

Jill Grove

 Rusalka - Eric Owens 

Eric Owens

Rusalka - Ekaterina Gubanova 

Foreign Princess
Ekaterina Gubanova*

Rusalka - Lauren Snouffer 

1st Wood Nymph
Lauren Snouffer*

Rusalka - J'nai Bridges 

2nd Wood Nymph
J'nai Bridges

Rusalka - Cynthia Hanna 

3rd Wood Nymph
Cynthia Hanna*

Rusalka - Daniela Mack 

Kitchen Boy
Daniela Mack*

Rusalka - Philip Horst 

Game Keeper
Philip Horst*

Rusalka - Anthony Clark Evans 

Anthony Clark Evans

Rusalka - Sir Andrew Davis 

Sir Andrew Davis

Rusalka - Sir David McVicar 

Sir David McVicar

 John Macfarlane

Set Designer
John Macfarlane   


Rusalka - Moritz Junge 

Costume Designer
Moritz Junge*



Lighting Designer
David Finn*



Chorus Master
Michael Black


Rusalka - Andrew George 

Andrew George


*Lyric Debut
† current member, Ryan Opera Center
† † alumnus/ alumna, Ryan Opera Center


  • Three sessions: $65

  • Bonuses:

  • Registration includes a discount to Rusalka performances and complimentary admission to the Rusalka Discovery Series session on Wednesday, February 12.