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Audience programs | Lyric Opera of Chicago

Audience programs

Whether you're a life-long aficionado or a first-time opera goer, Lyric offers a growing number of introduction and enrichment experiences. These unique initiatives enable Lyric to more deeply engage its patrons while providing new audiences an opportunity to explore the world of opera.

Public programs inspired by Blue

Inspired by the Chicago premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s opera Blue, Lyric has developed a slate of public programs geared toward engaging audiences in conversations around contemporary issues relevant to the opera. 

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Backstage Tours

Experience the Lyric Opera House beyond the footlights with a backstage tour! 

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Backstage Tours

Experience the Lyric Opera House beyond the footlights with a backstage tour! 

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Opera Insider

For each opera in Lyric’s season, music historian and opera expert David Buch hosts a session illuminating the work’s creation, its composer, its musical and dramatic highlights, and its particular magic. 

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Pre-opera Talks

Lyric offers free informational lectures to patrons before every mainstage opera performance called Pre-Opera Talks.


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Pre-opera Talks

Lyric offers free informational lectures to patrons before every mainstage opera performance called Pre-Opera Talks.


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Lyric Commentaries to accompany your opera streaming

Lyric Commentaries to accompany your opera streaming

As we all adjust to a world temporarily without live performance, we are excited to highlight opera streaming opportunities from all over the world! To enhance your enjoyment of these productions, we have compiled our popular Lyric Opera Commentaries as a way for you to get the most out of your time watching.  Learn about the plot, music, and historical insight into how each piece was created. Bring the fun of a pre-opera talk to your home. 

Lyric Unlimited - Learning & Creative Engagement Sponsors

The Beaubien Family

The Grainger Foundation

Robert and Evelyn McCullen

Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc.

Rose L. Shure and Sidney N. Shure

Wintrust Community Banks

Anonymous Donor

Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Todd Rosenberg, Jaclyn Simpson