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Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Address: 20 N. Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606
Phone Number: +1 312-827-5600
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Tosca-Mind Blown

I had never been to the opera and here I am, the next day, still ecstatic about the experience. The music was so moving, the singing amazing, the scenery and drama were complex... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
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Wheaton, Illinois
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Wheaton, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I had never been to the opera and here I am, the next day, still ecstatic about the experience. The music was so moving, the singing amazing, the scenery and drama were complex viscerally and intellectually. The audience gave the performers a standing ovation, very exciting! Wish I had tried this decades ago. We will be back. The building, itself,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I have been a Lyric Opera of Chicago (LOC) season ticket holder for over 30 years, and feel as if I am entering a second home each time I visit for an opera. I have heard so many friends express hesitation at going to the Lyric to experience an opera, afraid it might be a high brow affair. The LOC,... More 

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Milford, Michigan
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101 reviews 101 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We enjoyed our first opera experience, the Italian production Anna Bolena at the Lyric Opera in Jan 2015. The venue is magnificent. Helpful hints: While it is the Lyric Opera of Chicago, on some online maps it will show the actual name of the building, the Civic Opera House. Don't be confused, you have the right place as they are... More 

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St. Louis area
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We drive up from St. Louis for an opera about once a year, and the Lyric always delivers. Simply extraordinary. Get on their e-mail list, they offer deals on tickets regularly. I recommend finding the Opera Bistro, you can get a quick snack at intermission if you order ahead!

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Berkeley, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The Lyric is a gorgeous Egyptian Revival Art Deco performing space with good sight lines and acoustics. I have seen two productions here (Marriage of Figaro and Anna Bolena), and both offered excellent casts and very nicely designed staging. In short, it is world-class opera.

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Park City, Utah
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251 reviews 251 reviews
175 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Have had seasons tickets to the Chicago Lyric in the past. Go to the Lyric now whenever I am in town. Next to the Met opera this company is the best in the US in my opinion, and the interior is certainly lovelier than the Metropolitan house in NYC. This recent performance of Donizetti's Anna Bolena was truly lovely. Top-rate... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Awesome! Fabulous production, music, and venue. Great atmosphere, but don't book the 2nd balcony if you want to see anything!

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104 reviews 104 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This is a very nice venue for the opera. Our first time attending here. We found the ushers very helpful and friendly, the environment very comfortable, and the opera very good. A very enjoyable evening. Valet parking provided. A little bit of a wait after the opera finishes but not too bad.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I watched Porgy and Bess here recently. There was quite a violent scene prior to intermission. The venue is excellent in setting the scenes well. It transports you into another place. Unfortunately I can't seem to understand most words when sung in English, but thankfully there is a moving caption screen overhead that is easily visible. I was in the... More 

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Chicago, IL
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I took my nieces to see Porgy and Bess the day after Thanksgiving. All of the performers were phenomenal as other reviewers have discussed. For those who have not been to the Lyric Opera before, the words appear on a screen at the top of the stage. I found this to be very useful in understanding the words that were... More 

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