Lyric Unlimited - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Unlimited, a new initiative of Lyric Opera of Chicago, offers a multifaceted program of expanded community engagement and artistic initiatives and includes Lyric's longstanding education programs.

Lyric Unlimited

Announced in 2012, Lyric Unlimited is a long-term, evolving initiative that encompasses company activities outside of Lyric’s mainstage season. It was established to provide a relevant cultural service to communities throughout the Chicagoland area, including communities for whom opera and opera companies have been largely irrelevant; to explore a wide range of ways in which Lyric can collaborate with cultural and community organizations throughout the area; and to advance the development of opera, exploring ways in which opera as an art form can resonate more powerfully, and in a range of different ways, with people of multiple backgrounds, ethnicities, and interests.


Education Programs & Volunteer Opportunities

Lyric Opera of Chicago offers high-quality, accessible arts education programs focused on cultivating a lifelong appreciation of opera.

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Second Nature

Second Nature is set in the not-so-distant future, when the environment has deteriorated and humans have decided it’s safer to live in zoo-like habitats that protect them from the outside world.

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Beyond the Aria

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance launches intimate performances “cabaret style,” featuring celebrated singers of Lyric Opera and rising talents of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center in association with Lyric Unlimited.

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 Lyric Unlimited Sponsors

Major catalyst funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was essential to the successful launch and formulation of Lyric Unlimited, and continues to be vital to the program's growth. 

Lyric Unlimited is supported by a generous leadership grant from the Hurvis Family Foundation.