Breaking New Ground - Lyric Opera of Chicago

For sixty years, Lyric Opera of Chicago has produced world-class opera with many of the world's greatest artists. With decades of dedicated support from donors and subscribers, the company has flourished, gaining global recognition for its artistic excellence and fiscal stability.

Building our reputation for the future will rely on continued commitment to the broad, deep, and relevant cultural service we provide to our city, while also advancing the development of opera as a vital art form. With dynamic and visionary leadership from General Director Anthony Freud, Music Director Sir Andrew Davis, and Creative Consultant Renée Fleming, Lyric is seizing new opportunities to present opera at the highest level, re-define our audiences, and enhance our infrastructure.

Our vision is to become the great North American opera company for the twenty-first century, stimulating creativity and cultural awareness, and enhancing Chicago’s global reputation as an international metropolitan center of art and culture.

After a year-long strategic planning process led by Lyric’s board and management, the Breaking New Ground campaign has been launched to implement the company’s blueprint for a world-class, 21st-century opera company. Breaking New Ground is allowing Lyric to continue to produce major productions of the highest caliber while also modernizing the stage of the Civic Opera House with state-of-the-art equipment. The campaign will also contribute towards updated media, marketing and audience development programs, and plans to strengthen the company’s financial position, including continued efforts to build Lyric’s endowment.

A thriving future for Lyric Opera of Chicago relies on the support of our steadfast subscribers, enthusiastic audiences, and generous donors. 

Make a donation online today or please contact Leslie Mastroianni at 312-827-5723 or for information on how you can support Breaking New Ground.


• To be the great North American opera company for the twenty-first century, uniquely placed to provide an indispensable cultural service to the city of Chicago and the nation. 

• To be recognized globally for our world-class artistic excellence and innovation, for engaging and inspiring large and diverse audiences, and for the quality and relevance of the enrichment that we offer to communities throughout the Chicago region.

• To make a significant and groundbreaking contribution to the development of our art form. To achieve growth and longevity through fiscal responsibility and increased financial capacity. 


We believe in the life-changing, transformational, revelatory power of great art and opera. Lyric Opera of Chicago exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to the Chicago region and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form of opera by:

• Producing and performing consistently thrilling, world-class opera, with a balanced repertoire that encompasses core classics, lesser-known masterpieces, and new works.

• Creating a diverse, innovative, wide-ranging program of community engagement and education activities that reaches the widest possible public.

• Developing exceptional emerging operatic talent.

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Strengthening Our Endowment


Over the last sixty years, the development of Lyric’s endowment has provided the foundation for an opera company recognized across the world for its artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility. Building our endowment to current industry best practice is a crucial part of achieving the vision of Breaking New Ground. Endowment contributions, whether as cash, bequests, or planned gifts, will ensure a strong, vibrant future that builds on Lyric’s extraordinary achievements to reach new levels of excellence, innovation, and relevance to our city.


We invite your participation in the Breaking New Ground campaign to help fortify our endowment and ensure our next sixty glorious years! Please call 312-827-5723 for information on how to make a gift toward Lyric’s endowment.


Photo, from left to right: Maria Callas before debuting in Lyric's production of Norma, 1954; Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne in Semiramide, 1971; Renée Fleming in Capriccio, Metropolitan Opera, 2010 (Opening at Lyric October 6, 2014).