The ultimate matchmaker is back!
September 28, October 2, 5, 10, 13, 18, 21, 27
THE STORY: Beautiful Rosina refuses to marry her pompous old guardian. Meanwhile, a bold young count is eager to win Rosina for himself. And who's going to make sure everyone lives happily ever after? The cleverest character in all of Seville: the barber, Figaro!
IF YOU LIKE: Slapstick comedies, hummable melodies, and happy endings.
DID YOU KNOW? This Rossini opera can be found in countless cartoons, commercials, and movies including the famous Looney Tunes "Rabbit of Seville" starring the one and only Bugs Bunny!
Love, intrigue, & poison
October 12, 16, 20, 25, 28, 31
THE STORY: Sweet Luisa loves Rodolfo, the son of an evil nobleman. Dreams of love crumble as both young lovers fall victim to jealousy and betrayal by those closest to them.
IF YOU LIKE: Big orchestral music, star-crossed lovers, and endings that will make you cry
DID YOU KNOW? LUISA MILLER premiered in 1849, just 2 years before Verdi smashed out three of opera’s biggest hits: RIGOLETTO, IL TROVATORE, and LA TRAVIATA in quick succession.
Who has power over life and death
November 2, 6, 10, 13, 16, 22
THE STORY: A young couple is brutally killed, and the convicted murderer, Joseph De Rocher, sits on death row. Sister Helen Prejean agrees to be his spiritual advisor. In meeting his family and the families of the victims, she comes to question who truly has power over life and death.
IF YOU LIKE: Cinematic music, gritty dramas, art that makes you think
DID YOU KNOW? DEAD MAN WALKING is based on a true story by Sister Helen Prejean. The Pulitzer Prize-winning book was also adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.
Sex, drugs, & Mozart
November 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 30, December 3, 5, 8
THE STORY: Don Giovanni is a seducer, philanderer, and libertine who takes what he wants and lives only for his own pleasure. His frustrated servant Leporello stands by and watches as Don Giovanni uses and abuses the fiery Donna Elvira, tormented Donna Anna, and impressionable Zerlina before meeting his own doom at the hands of a vengeful father.
IF YOU LIKE: Sumptuous costumes, killer endings, and sweet revenge
DID YOU KNOW? DON GIOVANNI was the first opera ever staged by Lyric Opera of Chicago, back in November of 1954. This production, first seen in 2014, is directed by Robert Falls (Artistic Director of Chicago’s famous Goodman Theatre).
A semi-staged performance starring Sondra Radvanovksy
December 1, 4, 7
Three of the most extraordinary women in history grace Donizetti’s “Three Queens” trilogy: proud Mary Stuart, passionate Anne Boleyn, and mighty Queen Elizabeth I. Each is a stupendous role for a true singing actress, who must combine glorious sound with masterful technique and incomparable charisma. Lyric favorite Sondra Radvanovsky is one of the very few singers of our time to have commanded all three of these roles in a single season, which brought her ecstatic praise from critics and audiences internationally.
Singing the finales of ANNA BOLENA, MARIA STUARDA, and ROBERTO DEVEREUX in semi-staged performances featuring the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus and artists of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble, this magnificent American diva will give Lyric audiences vocal fireworks to remember forever.
Love, as fragile as a cherry blossom
February 6, 9, 14, 17, 21, 29, March 4, 5, 7, 8
THE STORY: An enchanting geisha, Cio-Cio-San, loses her heart to an American naval lieutenant and marries him. After he leaves Japan, she waits three long years for his return. We share her joy when he returns, and her utter despair when she realizes that he’s married an American woman and has come to take his young son—Cio-Cio-San’s child—back with him.
IF YOU LIKE: stories that tug at your heartstrings, the heady rush of first love, and poignant melodies.
DID YOU KNOW? Based on a short story from 1898, MADAMA BUTTERFLY has taken many forms including a musical (MISS SAIGON), play (David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY, Belasco’s MADAME BUTTERFLY: A TRAGEDY OF JAPAN), a novel (MADAME CHRYSANTHÈME) and multiple movies.
What happens when passion becomes obsession?
February 15, 19, 23, 26, March 1
THE STORY: Gherman, an unhappy soldier, is desperate to know a secret hidden by a mysterious old countess—the mystery of winning at cards. The tension turns truly unnerving as Gherman’s obsession begins to overwhelm him. It leads to devastation both for him and for the countess’s granddaughter, Lisa, whom Gherman loves.
IF YOU LIKE: psychological thrillers, twisted romances, and melancholy music.
DID YOU KNOW? This darkly romantic thriller is directed by Richard Jones, returning to Lyric following his recent productions of Handel’s ARIODANTE and Puccini’s LA BOHÈME (2018/19 Season). Featuring larger-than-life puppets and some of opera’s biggest stars, THE QUEEN OF SPADES is perfect for risk-takers and opera lovers.
The Twilight of the Gods
April 4, 11
THE STORY: The tragedy of the warrior-maiden Brünnhilde, her beloved hero Siegfried, and all the gods brings nothing less than the end of one world, the beginning of a new one, and the ultimate triumph of love over evil.
IF YOU LIKE: epic stories, mythology, and big orchestral music
DID YOU KNOW? Götterdämmerung is defined by Merriam Webster as “a collapse (as of a society or regime) marked by catastrophic violence and disorder.”
What does it mean to be a "Black man in blue?"
June 19, 21,24,26,27, 28 at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at The Yard
THE STORY: An African American couple in Harlem anticipates the birth of their firstborn, a son, with both hope and fear. As the baby grows into a young man, the mother worries for his future, and the father tries to prepare his son for the realities of 21st century America, while wrestling with his own identity as a police officer, a "Black man in blue." When their deepest fears come true, the family is forced to navigate a devastating reality seeking answers and support from their church and community.
IF YOU LIKE: stories ripped from the headlines, new operas, and art that makes you think
DID YOU KNOW? Tony Award®–winning composer Jeanine Tesori and NAACP Theatre Award–winning librettist Tazewell Thompson’s new opera, BLUE, is inspired by contemporary events and Black literature, including Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me” and James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time.”
There's no business like show business!
May 29, 30, June 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
THE STORY: Peggy Sawyer, an aspiring small town actress, moves to New York and gets her big break, rising from chorus girl to star status overnight. This toe-tapping musical is filled with unforgettable tunes like “Lullaby of Broadway,” “We’re in the Money,” “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me,” “Sunny Side to Every Situation,” “Young and Healthy,” and the famed title song.
IF YOU LIKE: high-energy tap dancing, memorable show tunes, and classic New York
DID YOU KNOW? The musical by Harry Warren (music), Al Dubin, Johnny Mercer (lyrics), Michael Stewart, and Mark Bramble (book) was created for Broadway in 1980 using songs from the hit 1933 movie musical of the same name and songs that Dubin and Warren wrote for many other films at around the same time.
How far can your imagination take you?
November 9, 10 at the Vittum Theater
THE STORY: Meet Kenzie, a fifth grader with homework, asthma, and a big imagination. When she and her mother have to move into a family shelter, Kenzie finds refuge in the world of video games alongside her avatar, Edwin. Through their imaginary space adventures, Kenzie dares to go farther than ever before. Can she find the confidence to make friends and succeed in the classroom? And can she find her way home?
IF YOU LIKE: strong girls overcoming adversity, video games, shows for young people ages 7-12
DID YOU KNOW? Throughout the fall, Lyric Unlimited will bring EARTH TO KENZIE to 15 different neighborhoods around Chicago. Their educational partner for EARTH TO KENZIE is Codeverse, the world's first fully interactive coding studio and development platform for kids ages 6-13.
Pollock and Murphy Moo's EARTH TO KENZIE
One performance only!
Sunday, February 2 at 2pm
The Welsh bass-baritone, who has triumphed at Lyric in several of his signature roles, is also an immensely successful recitalist in the most distinguished venues internationally. His magnificent voice, penetrating interpretive insight, and extraordinary stylistic versatility combine with a matchlessly communicative personality that captivates any audience. His first Chicago recital in many years will certainly be one of the most memorable musical events of the 2019/20 Season.
Join us for an extraordinary journey
Three Cycles: April 13-18, April 20-25, April 27-May 3
THE STORY: Four operas, each more epic than the last. DAS RHEINGOLD introduces us to the gods and sets the story in motion when Alberich renounces love and steals magic gold from deep in the Rhine River. He fashions an all-powerful ring, which when stolen curses the owner. In DIE WALKÜRE, we meet the fearless Brünnhilde and her warrior sisters. When she rebels against her father, Wotan, to save her half-siblings’ lives, she is placed in an enchanted sleep on a mountain top, surrounded by fire. In SIEGFRIED, the son of the twins Brünnhilde saved has grown into a great hero. He outwits his adoptive father, slays a dragon, and falls in love with Brünnhilde (his aunt) after braving the flames and waking her with a kiss. In GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG we see the fall of the gods, as Alberich’s curse has run its course. The world ends as love triumphs over evil.
IF YOU LIKE: Binge watching epic stories, larger-than-life characters, mythology, and big emotions.
DID YOU KNOW? Themes from Wagner’s RING cycle can be found in popular tv shows like GAME OF THRONES, movies and books like THE LORD OF THE RINGS, the Marvel Universe, and even cartoons like “What’s Opera, Doc?” which shows Elmer Fudd chasing Bugs Bunny to many of Wagner’s biggest hits.