Lyric Opera of Chicago
Anthony Freud, General Director
Sir Andrew Davis, Music Director
Lyric Opera of Chicago, founded in 1954, is one of the world's greatest opera companies. It is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Over the past two decades the company has achieved unparalleled success in its ticket sales, averaging 100% attendance from 1988-2002, and more than 90% attendance since that time. Lyric Opera is also distinguished for having operated in the black for 23 of the past 24 years.
Lyric's eight-opera season starts in October and concludes in late March, offering 72 performances of opera classics and 20th-century repertoire over that time span. (Several world premieres have been presented over the years, most recently William Bolcom’s A Wedding during the 2004/05 season.)