“In addition to the operas in our regular season, in 2013-14 Lyric will also present a brand-new production of the beloved American musical The Sound of Music; a special family performance event, The Family Barber; two incomparable singing artists in a joint concert – Renée Fleming and Jonas Kaufmann; and a Lyric-debut recital by the world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman,” says Lyric Opera of Chicago General Director Anthony Freud.”
Free 30-minute pre-opera lectures will be offered starting an hour before every performance of every opera in the mainstage season (except Oct. 5, opening night of the season) to enhance the opera-going experience. Tickets may be purchased by going to www.lyricopera.org or by calling 312-332-2244, ext. 5600.
“Lyric’s upcoming season represents a wonderful range of musical and dramatic styles,” adds Freud. “Whether you know and love opera or are considering your first experience, Lyric has a great variety of exciting entertainment opportunities for you this season – and they’re not all opera performances!”
On Saturday, October 5, the red carpet will be rolled out at the Civic Opera House for an Opening Night Gala showcasing Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello, which launches Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 59th season. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the performance begins at 5 p.m., concluding shortly after 8pm.
“The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer will be majestically transformed for the Opening Night Gala,” notes William P. Heffernan, creative director of the event design firm Heffernan Morgan Ronsley. “Reflecting the essence of the opera Otello, opera-house décor leans heavily upon the presentation of giant red and gold Renaissance-style banners surrounding the main foyer and highlighted by magnificent and enormous globes of eighteen-carat gold camellia foliage.”
Tickets for the Opening Night Gala Benefit performance of Otello, including the receptions prior to the performance and during intermission, range from $79 to $425 (not including Opera Ball to held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue). For reservations and more information, call 312-332-2244 or visit lyricopera.org. Tickets for the Opera Ball are $575 (not including performance), and may be reserved by calling the Women’s Board office at 312-827-5681.
The opening-night performance of Otello can be heard live locally on radio 98.7WFMT and globally on www.wfmt.com, beginning at 4:45pm.