Recognized around the world as one of the greatest opera companies of our time, the esteemed Lyric Opera of Chicago will wow you with its world-class roster of singers, conductors, directors, designers, choreographers and dancers in a wide-ranging repertoire. Year after year, the Lyric brings lavish productions and riveting music to opera devotees and newcomers alike. As the curtains pull back, prepare for the magic on stage to move you to tears and fill you with joy.
Designed as a massive "throne" facing the Chicago River, the handsome Civic Opera House blends Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles beautifully, making for a majestic home for the company. One of the city's historic landmarks and among the world's most beautiful buildings, it is also the second-largest opera house in the country.
From the backstage wizards who craft the sets and beautiful costumes to the celebrated soprano Renée Fleming, Lyric's creative consultant — everyone at the Lyric is ready to make your jaw drop, with a range of productions in 2015 and 2016 guaranteed to be musically, dramatically and visually stunning.
Long live passion! Lyric Opera of Chicago's spectacular 61st season opens September 26, 2015 and concludes May 22, 2016, offering nine new-to-Chicago productions during its performance calendar. From an eagerly-anticipated world premiere to a sumptous Rodgers and Hammerstein classic — you can experience it all with the 2015-2016 season:
- THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ** New Production
9 performances Sept. 26 - Oct. 24 (In Italian with projected English texts) Rebellion's in the air in this comedy of masters, manners, and mistaken identities. Can two servants outwit their lecherous employer?
- CINDERELLA by Gioachino Rossini **New-to-Chicago Production
8 performances Oct. 4 - 30 (In Italian with projected English texts) You know the fairy tale - now bring the family to experience this beloved story through the genius of Rossini's delightful, infectious melodies.
- WOZZECK by Alban Berg **New Production
6 performances Nov. 1 - 21 (In German with projected English texts) Raw, powerful, and transformational in its emotional punch and musical form, Wozzeck is an opera that's meant to shake an audience to its core.
- THE MERRY WIDOW by Franz Lehár **New-to-Chicago Production
10 performances Nov. 14 - Dec. 13 (In English with projected English texts) Rendezvous are rampant, complications abound, and Lehár's unforgettable tunes bubble enchantingly along in this favorite which will feature a blockbuster cast.
- BEL CANTO by Jimmy López, Nilo Cruz, based on the novel by Ann Patchett **World-Premiere Production
7 performances Dec. 7 - Jan. 17 (In Spanish, English, Japanese, Russian, German, and Quechua with projected English texts) Based on Ann Patchett's best-selling novel, Bel Canto now becomes a riveting new opera. When music is the one universal language, can it draw forth the humanity that exits in us all?
- NABUCCO by Giuseppe Verdi **New-to-Chicago Production
7 performances Jan. 23 - Feb. 12 (In Italian with projected English texts) Politics. Religion. A dangerous love triangle. Plus some of the greatest choral music ever written, including the soul-stirring "Va, pensiero" chorus. This is the opera that made Verdi a star!
- DER ROSENKAVALIER by Richard Strauss **New-to-Chicago Production
8 performances Feb. 8 - Mar. 13 (In German with projected English texts) Love, sex, fidelity, and aging are explored in an opera that artfully blends laugh-out-loud humor with insightful poignancy. Don't miss this grand event with more than 100 musicians, famous waltzes, and ravishing performances in store.
- ROMEO AND JULIET/ROMÉO ET JULIETTE by Charles Gounod **New-to-Chicago Production
9 performances Feb. 22 - Mar. 19 (In French with projected English texts) The world's most famous love story finds new dimension in Gounod's deeply romantic music. This is passion personified!
- THE KING AND I by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
23 performances April 29 - May 22, 2016 Lyric's annual Broadway musicals have won audience and critical praise year after year. Join us for this ever-popular classic and hear "Shall We Dance?," "Hello, Young Lovers," "We Kiss in a Shadow," "Something Wonderful," and more!
The Lyric's pre-opera lectures and exclusive backstage tours are added ways for you to delve into the world of opera in Chicago. And in addition to the mainstage season, a number of special engagements will captivate you and showcase this centuries-old art form in ways like never before.