Lyric Opera of Chicago
Lyric Opera of Chicago
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Lyric Opera of Chicago amazes, inspires, and engages audiences with powerful live performances that resonate long after the curtain falls. We strive to advance artistic excellence, to attract new audiences, to engage and inspire diverse communities with the power of opera and compelling storytelling—and to increase the gravitational pull of our art form, our company, and our city.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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  • Washington/Wells • 4 min walk
  • Quincy • 6 min walk
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EJJourney
Orland Park, IL602 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Saw Cinderella. Good show, attended the prefecture, very interesting. Some surprising elements to the production, kept my interest. Well done.
Great venue w art deco architecture, good acoustics, and comfortable seats.
Appreciate the support staff in ladies restrooms moving the line along.
If you go, so well worth it....some tips...short walk from both Union and LaSalle metra stations (I used LaSalle), and discounted parking at Poetry garage by Opera House.
Refreshments available.
Written 8 February 2024
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Hector Bolanos
Chicago, IL47 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Recently saw "The Flying Dutchman" at the Civic Opera House. Nice production, very classy. Even though I was at the back of the theater, the acoustics of the hall were so good that I could still hear everything clearly. The interior was a little confusing and they could use more signs directing people where to go, but the staff was helpful and made up for it. All in all, a very nice experience.
Written 7 December 2023
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Linda M
Guilford, NY80 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
I saw the wonderful ballet , Frankenstein, here and although i had a ticket in an upper balcony, i really enjoyed the ballet and the wonderful view of the hall itself.
Written 25 October 2023
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Kim N
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Family
The musical was fantastic. However we were left with a negative feeling because of some of the rude staff we encountered at the Lyric Opera House. From not wanted to be bothered with a question to being practically pushed out at the end because they were in a hurry. I’ve never had an experience at a theater like that before.
Written 11 June 2023
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Sheila L
Crystal Lake520 contributions
Mar 2022
This past March I took a friend to the opera with me to see Tosca. We had a great time experiencing box seats for the first time! I highly recommend the box seats, and would purchase them again because of the excellent view and privacy. Totally worth the price! We also enjoyed dinner after the Sunday matinee at the Florian in the opera house. That was also an enjoyable experience.
Written 14 December 2022
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Natalie S
Colorado Springs, United States25 contributions
Dec 2022
What a fabulous venue to experience The Nutcracker! Such a beautiful place and the staff was amazing. It was a very special evening for a group of 8 ladies who came to Chicago from all over the country to spend time together.
I'd like to especially thank your usher Cal for his kindness and care. I am type 1 diabetic and needed to exit the ballet to control my blood sugar. Cal was very attentive and kind to me and made sure I was doing okay. He's a caring and kind employee!
Written 13 December 2022
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Anita L
Endicott, NY62 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
The feeling of awe as we stepped into this ancient monument capped off our wonderful first trip to Greece. There was such a connection to our ancestors stepping into their theater and sitting with so many others preparing to watch something we might not understand, but to sit under the stars absorbing the atmosphere was phenomenal.
Written 6 June 2022
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joeF_10
Media, PA357 contributions
Oct 2021
First of all I want to commend the staff for running a well organized, safe and friendly operation. The opera was one of our main reasons for visiting Chicago. We first saw L'Elisir d'Amore which was staged really well and was done in a humorous fashion without overdoing it. The singers were good but nothing out of the ordinary. The second day, we saw Macbeth which was directed by McVicar and was great on every level. The setting, while not traditional, evoked the feelings of terror which are one of the themes of the opera. The singers, especially Sandra Radvanovsky, were terrific....the cast in our view was superior to the Macbeth we had seen at the Met in New York. The orchestra and conductor were of the finest quality.
Written 4 October 2021
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MickyG
104 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Beautiful building & decor. Madame Butterfly was spellbinding. Recommend the pre- order for intermission refreshments. We were able to enjoy a leisurely glass of wine without waiting in line with this service. Was worried about what to wear but there was a wide range of fashion so just go & enjoy.
Written 23 February 2020
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Helen T
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Friends
Tonight we were at Chicago Lyric Opera... One of my favorite Operas ” Queen of Spades ” was playing...
All I can say is - voices were fantastic , but that's where my praises would stop.
As for production itself: costumes and staging - it was absolutely horrifying and unacceptable ....Its very unfortunate and disappointing that liberal/ ”progressive” narratives have been pushed throughout everything in our Civil Society, including Performing Arts today , no matter whether it's belongs there or not! For example : neither Alexander Pushkin or Peter Tchaikovsky would have appreciate their drama being butchered and turned in to a cheap entertainment, where a dramatic music has no connection to a play itself : - a gay man dressed and act as a pervert dancing with cheap suggestive overtones in front of a few dozens of half naked men somewhere in the dirty shack ( supposedly casino ) on top of a dirty Gambling table... , or, instead of a ghost of a queen appearing before Gherman at night in his dream , as the story suggests, a ridiculous Giant Skeleton lays down in bed with Gherman hugging him.... As we all know :..Opera is a combination of a story/play set on music, sometimes with ballet, but all in harmony and correlation with the Historical Era of the masterpiece required. In this Case - it's an Era of an early 19th century, 1830th... Furthermore, neither Pushkin or later Tchaikovsky , had any intention to turn their particular Masterpieces in to a Comedy!!! Pushkin’s Story is a drama, about greed, love and misfortune, and Tchaikovsky have respectfully followed just that, accenting the Eternal ill of the Human Race...
The New Production we’ve just seen wasn’t innovative nor creative!
It should be only described as disrespectful , ignorant and obnoxious, with utter disregard for wishes and intentions of Two Historical Icons who wrote this timeless masterpieces !
I have to confess :Entire experience was very upsetting...to see our Beloved and deeply Revered Classics to be mocked and made fun off by pandering staging directors and producers!!! Shameful and insulting!!!
Written 16 February 2020
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