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  • Lyric Opera of Chicago - La Traviata

    Until Mar 22, 2019

  • Lyric Opera - Renee Fleming 25th Anniversary

    Mar 23, 2019

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago - West Side Story

    May 3 - Jun 2, 2019

  • The Barber Of Seville

    Sep 28 - Oct 27, 2019

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago - Luisa Miller

    Oct 10, 2019

Lyric Opera of Chicago - La Traviata Poster

Lyric Opera of Chicago - La Traviata

Until March 22, 2019

At the age of 40, Italian Opera legend Verdi turned from the biblical dramas and ancient histories that inspired much of the grand opera tradition to write La Traviata, a tragic tale that dealt with moral and social dilemmas that were not openly acknowledged by polite society. While it may have caused controversy upon its debut, the opera is one of his most celebrated works, praised for its emotional depth and exquisite, bittersweet beauty.

Lyric Opera - Renee Fleming 25th Anniversary Poster

Lyric Opera - Renee Fleming 25th Anniversary

March 23, 2019

5 years after making her critically acclaimed Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in the title role of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah in 1993, the People's Diva Renee Fleming returns to her roots to celebrate her special relationship with the world-leading institution. Honored for her tireless contributions and timeless performances, Fleming will perform a diverse program of career highlights with the Lyric Orchestra and a few special guests.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago - West Side Story

May 3 - June 2, 2019

With a silver screen remake helmed by Steven Spielberg rumoured to be on the horizon in the coming years, it's safe to say that West Side Story has secured an enduring place in the hearts of many. Composed by classical icon Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim, the musical first debuted on Broadway in 1957 to rave reviews, a critical success that only grew over the decades with each revival, tour and adaptation.

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The Barber Of Seville

September 28 - October 27, 2019

Tony and Olivier Award-winning director Rob Ashford directs Rossini's famous opera in this new production by Chicago's very own Lyric Opera. Not to be missed!

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Lyric Opera of Chicago - Luisa Miller

October 10, 2019

Verdi's exquisite melodies and sumptuous orchestral writing shine in Luisa Miller, his middle period opera in three acts. Directed by American opera and theater maker Francesca Zambello, the never-before-seen-in-Chicago production forms part of the Lyric Opera's hotly anticipated 2019/20 season and stars Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova as Luisa and Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo, the ill-fated lovers at the center of drama-filled, tumultuous storm of an opera.

Civic Opera House

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20 North Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

  • Year opened: 1929
  • Capacity: 3563
  • Concession stands
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  • Disabled access
  • In-house bar
  • Coat check

The Civic Opera House is a 3,563 seat venue, making it the second-largest opera auditorium in North America. It was originally built for the Chicago Civic Opera, but today is the permanent home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Its excellent design allows for perfect sightlines from every seat and top-class acoustics. The Lyric Opera of Chicago bought the space it was renting and the venue underwent a major renovation in 1993, which was completed in 1996.

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