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  • Lyric Opera of Chicago - West Side Story

    Until 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 - Dead Man Walking

    Nov 2, 2019

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago - Don Giovanni

    Nov 14 - Dec 8, 2019

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Lyric Opera of Chicago - West Side Story

Until 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.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago - Dead Man Walking

November 2, 2019

American composer Jake Heggie and literary icon Terrence McNally's visceral, heart-wrenching production Dead Man Walking is quite simply necessary viewing in 21st-century opera. Premiering at San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House in 2000, the deeply moving work was praised for McNally's eloquent libretto and Heggie's stirring melodies and hymnal-inflected score, as well as its tender exploration of forgiveness and friendship on death row. Now the eye-opening sotory comes to Chicago for the first time under the direction of renowned American theater maker Leonard Foglia during the Lyric Opera's 2019/20 season.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago - Don Giovanni

November 14 - December 8, 2019

Mozart's ultimate anti-hero returns to prance on the Civic Opera stage this winter! Heating things up with his scandalous ways, Don Giovanni is an impulsive, serial seducer whose libidinous adventures take a turn for the darkly supernatural when he crosses the line and commits murder. Bringing the nobleman's scintillating philandering to life is Russian bass singer Ildar Abdrazakov, who makes his Lyric Opera debut alongside American soprano Rachel Willis-Sorensen in the role of Donna Anna.

Civic Opera House

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20 North Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

  • Year opened: 1929
  • Capacity: 3563
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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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