If you have an interest in opera and/or architecture you might want to consider taking a Lyric Opera tour.
When: Feb. 9, 27, Mar. 1, 16, Apr. 3, 10 10AM-11AM
Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr., 312-827-5626, Rice Grand Foyer (Main entrance on Wacker at Madison). You can book online here or if tickets are available you can buy them at 9:30AM the day of the tour.
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There are three types of tours: the one hour weekday morning tour for $15, the three hour premium weekend tour for $45 and the VIP tour for $145.
The tours are lead by professional staff and trained volunteers and all the money raised goes to Lyric Opera. I took the three hour tour a few years ago and it was excellent. At that time you could go on stage. It’s described as a 10-stop excursion including makeup and wardrobe, props and scenery and the orchestra pit. It involves a lot of walking.
Tours are not recommended for children under 10 years old. Since this is a walking tour, please contact Lyric with any special needs.
Please note: All reservations are final. No refunds or exchanges. You will receive a confirmation letter several weeks before your tour date.
Weekday morning tour dates – $15
From the moment you enter the beautiful and impressive foyer, you’ll be in for a special, one-hour experience that will give you behind-the-scenes insights into the vibrant world of grand opera.
- See the inside of the art-deco Ardis Krainik Theatre
- Enjoy an up-close-and-personal view of the orchestra pit where the acclaimed Lyric Orchestra plays
- Journey on to backstage destinations where you’ll learn about the vast array of skilled professionals who bring operatic stagecraft to life.
- Visit the Opera Club on the lower level to enjoy the exhibit Ten: A Season of Creative Women, celebrating 10 directors and designers, each of whom plays an important role in Lyric’s 61st Season.
The $15 weekday public tours are in addition to student educational tours and the extended and premium weekend backstage tours offered each spring by Lyric’s Guild Board. Purchase Premium and VIP Tours here.
Premium Tour $45 per person (Feb-Mar only)
The Premium Backstage Tour departs every half hour between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and take approximately 2 1/2 hours.
Backstage Tours: All tours take place from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Group tours are available for parties of 15 or more at a rate of $30 per person. Box lunches are also available by reservation for Group Tour participants. A 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of the reservation. Contact Lyric Opera for more information.
VIP Tour $150 Contact Lyric Opera for more information.
VIP Premier tours: VIP Premium tours consist of a group size 10-12, depart between 10:30am and 10:50am. The walk through is 1.5 hours long followed by a luncheon including an additional lecture and opportunity for a question/answer session with a Lyric insider. $150 per person.