Performance Running Times

Lyric Opera of Chicago Performance and Opera Running Times
 

Curtain Time


The Lyric Opera House doors open one and a half hours before the start of every performance. Lyric Opera performances begin promptly at the published times. We realize situations arise that can delay your arrival and we will try to accommodate latecomers in an available section of the house or at a predetermined break, but latecomers may not be seated until intermission. Video screens are available in the lobby so you won't miss a moment of the performance.

Please remember that if you arrive after curtain time or exit the theater during the performance you may miss part of the opera, as seating during the performance is often not possible. Monday through Friday opera performances are at 7pm, and Saturday opera performances are at 7:30pm except Siegfried at 6pm and opening night of La bohème at 6:30pm. Opera matinee performances are at 2pm except Siegfried at 1pm. Musical and event start times vary.


Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust Chimes


You'll know when it's time to take your seat when you hear the chimes ring in the lobby. Chimes sound ten, five, and one minute before the performance begins and also at the end of intermission.


Approximate Run Times Including Intermission(s)

La bohème | Idomeneo | Siegfried | Il trovatore | Cendrillon  | Elektra  | La traviata | Ariodante | West Side Story


La boheme opera tickets at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Act I & II:
55 minutes
Intermission:
25 minutes
Act III & IV:
55 minutes
Total Running Time:
2 hours, 15 minutes




Idomeneo opera tickets at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Act I:
1 hour
Intermission:
25 minutes
Act II:
45 minutes
Intermission:
25 minutes
Act III:
1 hour minutes
Total Running Time:
3 hours, 35 minutes


Siegfried opera tickets at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Act I:
1 hour, 25 minutes
Intermission:
30 minutes
Act II:
1 hour, 15 minutes
Intermission:
30 minutes
Act III:
1 hour, 20 minutes
Total Running Time:
5 hours


Il trovatore opera tickets at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Act I & II:
1 hour, 10 minutes
Intermission:
25 minutes
Act III & IV:
1 hour, 10 minutes
Total Running Time:
2 hours, 45 minutes




Cendrillon opera tickets at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Act I & II:
1 hour, 10 minutes
Intermission:
25 minutes
Act III & IV:
1 hour, 10 minutes
Total Running Time:
2 hours, 45 minutes




Elektra opera tickets at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Act I:
1 hour, 40 minutes
Total Running Time:
1 hour, 40 minutes








La traviata opera tickets at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Act I
30 minutes
Intermission:
20 minutes
Act II:
1 hour
Intermission:
25 minutes
Act III:
35 minutes
Total Running Time:
2 hours, 50 minutes


Ariodante opera tickets at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Act I:
1 hour
Intermission:
25 minutes
Act II:
1 hour, 10 minutes
Intermission:
25 minutes
Act III:
55 minutes
Total Running Time:
3 hours, 55 minutes


La traviata at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Total Running Time:
2 hours, 20 minutes

Timings are subject to change without notice. Run times for special events are unknown due to programming variations and may be confirmed closer to the show date. 



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