Q&A: Director Francesca Zambello on Bringing the Timeless Tale of 'West Side Story' to Lyric Opera of Chicago

Globe-trotting, internationally renowned opera and theatre director Francesca Zambello is back in Chicago at Lyric Opera of Chicago directing the universally beloved musical West Side Story — still relevant some 66 years since its Broadway debut — and how very lucky we are to have her here. She partnered previously with Lyric on productions of […]

A Preview of the 2023 Lyric Wine Auction's Rare and Exclusive Lots

Mark your calendars: The next Lyric Wine Auction may not be until May 13, 2023, but there is already an impressive array of priceless lots confirmed, including rare wines and travel experiences, thanks to the generosity of vintners, hospitality partners and Lyric Opera patrons around the world. The Lyric Wine Auction is one of Chicago’s […]

Lyric Opera Wine Auction 2018: Start Bidding Online Today

Where there’s a browser, there’s a way! Auctions are no longer limited to one evening affairs where you’re out of luck if you’re out of town or otherwise engaged. With the help of technology, wine, travel, and auction lovers around the globe have the ability to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences and rare, collectable bottles of wine. […]

Opera Demystified: A Guide to Lyric Opera’s 2016 Season

Listening to opera is not for everyone, this much is true. But far too many people exempt themselves from the glitz and glamour of a live opera performance because they’re afraid they won’t like it — or worse, won’t understand it and risk looking like a hayseed. Use this helpful guide to find out which […]

Renée Fleming at Lyric is 'Merry' Indeed

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s love affair with the beautiful Renée Fleming shows no signs of cooling, and after the premiere of “The Merry Widow” Nov. 14, the whole arts community and beyond appeared to be wrapped in the embrace of this acclaimed American soprano. A virtually sold-out crowd packed the Civic Opera House to see and […]

Lyric's 'Cinderella' So Much More Than the Disney Classic

Lyric Opera of Chicago is presenting the story of Cinderella as we’ve never seen it before. Gioachino Rossini’s marvelous retelling of this story (“La Cenerentola”) at the Civic Opera House makes us forget the Disney version. There is no fairy godmother. Instead, a towering philosopher sees to it that virtue is rewarded. No cute little […]

'The Marriage of Figaro' at Lyric Opera of Chicago

“The Marriage of Figaro” is all about sex, and Director Barbara Gaines doesn’t let us forget it. In a new production at Lyric Opera of Chicago, which opened Sept. 26 at the Civic Opera House, she gives everything from adolescent longings to le droit du seigneur a humorous touch. Gaines is founder and artistic director of Chicago […]