Lyric Young Professionals (LYP), a project of the Renée Fleming Initiative, is a group of opera lovers dedicated to building a new generation of supporters for Lyric Opera of Chicago. In anticipation of Lyric’s new season, which starts October 1, LYP members may enjoy performances and after-parties, opera-trivia nights and a runway fashion show.
“Lyric Young Professionals is a perfect way to provide a fresh social network and accessibility to opera for the young arts adventurer,” says Renée Fleming, Lyric’s creative consultant.”Opera combines drama, music, dance and the visual arts – something for everyone!”
Those aged 21 to 45, who provide minimum annual dues of $150 for their Membership in Lyric Young Professionals, receive complimentary admission to LYP events; specially-priced tickets for Lyric performances through Encore Evenings; unique events ranging from a casual night out to the AKIRA fashion show to the black-tie event Fantasy of the Opera; networking and social forum for those interested in learning more about opera; leadership experience through committee and board involvement; the opportunity to volunteer at Operathon, Backstage Tours, and other special events; and more.
“Lyric Young Professionals offers a great networking and social forum for those interested in getting involved in the arts,” says Minka Bosco, LYP membership chair. “Whether you are an opera novice or a seasoned expert, LYP provides terrific events tailored to satisfy your curiosity. The value of LYP membership is $500 and the dues are only $150.”
The season-event schedule for Lyric Young Professionals features:
Season Preview Concert at the Civic Opera House, with after-party and membership recruitment at Primebar, 155 N. Wacker Dr. LYP members receive 2 complimentary passes to concert.
Opening Night of Lyric’s 57th season, The Tales of Hoffmann. LYP members may purchase specially priced tickets to the opening-night gala reception and performance at the Civic Opera House.
OPERATHON 2011 – great opportunity to volunteer in Lyric’s annual radio marathon fundraiser 8-10 p.m., with after-party TBA.
As part of National Opera Week, “La Triviata” – an evening of opera-themed trivia, prizes, food and beverages. Soprano Susanna Phillips, who stars as the tragic heroine of Lucia di Lammermoor, is M.C. The Metropolitan Club, Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr. FREE for LYP members; non-members $25 in advance, $30 at door. Admission includes games, food and drink.
Lucia di Lammermoor Encore Evening at the Civic Opera House: Pre-opera lecture & social gathering in Opera Club; Lucia di Lammermoor performance; Encore Evening reception follows in The Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room. Specially priced performance tickets and reception free for LYP and Encore Evening members (www.lyricopera.org/encore). Part of National Opera Week.
Fantasy of the Opera, Lyric’s annual midwinter gala at the Civic Opera House, which includes cabaret, silent auction, buffet reception in The Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room, dessert fantasy, open bar, and dancing. LYP members may attend for $75 and non-members for $150.
Show Boat Symposium – an exploration of this groundbreaking work of American musical theater with director Francesca Zambello and several cast members. At Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. FREE for LYP members.
Show Boat Encore Evening at the Civic Opera House: Pre-opera lecture & social gathering in Opera Club; Show Boat performance; Encore Evening reception follows in The Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room. Specially priced performance tickets and reception free for LYP and Encore Evening members (www.lyricopera.org/encore).
Feb. 26 & Mar. 11:
Backstage Tours – great opportunity to be part of the behind-the-scenes exploration of the Civic Opera House as a volunteer.
AKIRA Fashion Show, Rice Grand Foyer, Civic Opera House. FREE for LYP members; $25 non-members; $75 VIP seating. Includes beverages and hors d’oeuvre.
Rising Stars in Concert performance by members of The Ryan Opera Center at the Civic Opera House, with after-party at Province, 161 N. Jefferson St. FREE for LYP members, $25 for guests in advance/$30 at door.
Improv Night at Second City, with after-party at Wells on Wells, 1617 N. Wells St.
Events are subject to change. For more information and to join, visit lyricopera.org/young-professionals.aspx. Follow Lyric Young Professionals on facebook.com/lyricyoungprofessionals and on [email protected]