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The ultimate guide to museums, culture, and entertainment attractions in Chicago

Lyric Opera
42nd Street

Note: Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, events are subject to cancelation. Please call ahead.

Don Giovanni
The Rheingold

Lyric Opera

The 65th season at Lyric Opera of Chicago has inspired audiences with magnificent music and a wide array of powerful, poignant, hair-raising, and heartwarming stories. Since 1954, the company has presented some of the world’s best singers in internationally acclaimed productions, accompanied by Lyric’s world-class orchestra and chorus. This spring, Lyric will present its new production of Richard Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, one of the greatest achievements in Western music. You simply cannot miss it.

The Ring is the original miniseries—a four-opera exploration of epic power struggles among gods and mortals over a magical gold ring that can grant its owner unlimited power. The Ring unfolds in four performances spread over the course of a week, and attracts audiences from all over the U.S. and around the world to experience its monumental orchestral, vocal, and dramatic achievements.

Lyric’s new Ring stars soprano Christine Goerke as the Valkyrie Brünnhilde and bass-baritone Eric Owens as her father, the top god Wotan. It will be presented in three cycles: April 13–18, April 20–25, and April 27–May 3. Lyric will also present additional opportunities to dive into the story and the creation of the Ring, including a hilarious modern-day sendup—Longer! Louder! Wagner!—created in collaboration with the Second City. Go to lyricopera.org/ring to learn more about this one-in-a-lifetime experience.

To close its extended season, Lyric will present the Tony-winning song-and-dance spectacular 42nd Street, a new-to-Chicago production featuring Broadway stars Norm Lewis and Faith Prince. The story centers on a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer, who auditions for a Broadway show staged by famed director Julian Marsh. When leading lady Dorothy Brock breaks her ankle, Peggy steps in to the role and rises from chorus girl to star overnight. It’s a toe-tapping, high-energy production that’s as beautiful to see as it is to hear. Performances May 29–June 21.


The Queen of Spades

through March 1

Madama Butterfly

through March 8


April 4–11

The Ring Cycle

April 13–May 3

42nd Street

May 29–June 21


June 19–28

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