Beyond the Aria returns to the Pritzker Pavilion stage this season with three intimate performances in early 2022. Produced by the Harris Theater in association with Lyric Opera of Chicago, this unparalleled series presents opera luminaries in intimate, cabaret-style performances with repertoire hand-picked by the artists and spectacular evening views of Millennium Park.

This season’s three-performance series features some of the most exciting voices in the opera world today, appearing alongside young stars from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center Ensemble. The series opens in January with soprano Janai Brugger, currently performing the role of Clara in Porgy and Bess at The Metropolitan Opera, and tenor David Portillo, praised for his “sing with a luxuriant warm glow” by Opera News. March brings two stars of the “stirring” (The New York Times) Fire Shut Up in My Bones, soprano Latonia Moore and baritone Will Liverman, coming to Lyric Opera the same month. The series concludes with the return of mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges “calmly commanding stage presence” (The New Yorker) in May. All three performances feature GRAMMY Award-winning pianist and series artistic Craig Terry.

PROGRAM I 
Thursday, January 20, 2022 / 7:30PM

Janai Brugger, soprano
David Portillo, tenor
Maria Novella Malfatti, soprano

PROGRAM II
Thursday, March 31, 2022 / 7:30PM

Latonia Moore, soprano
Will Liverman, baritone
Anthony Reed, bass

PROGRAM III 
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 / 7:30PM

J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
Mathilda Edge, soprano
Leroy Davis, baritone

GA (Choral Riser) Subscriptions
Limited space is available for this exclusive, intimate series. Subscriptions for general admission seating in the choral risers are available by contacting our Box Office by phone at 312.334.7777 or email at info@harristheaterchicago.org, open 12 p.m to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday.

COVID-19 Protocol
All Beyond the Aria audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to entering the facility
. There is no test-out option for this series, given the close proximity of artists to audience members.

In addition, all audience members are required to wear a mask while inside the venue, except while actively eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status. Vaccination requirements and testing protocols also extend to artists, crew, and staff.

About the Series
Beyond the Aria is produced by the Harris Theater in association with Lyric Opera of Chicago, typically presented cabaret-style on the enclosed Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park. The series offers audiences one-night-only experiences with some of the greatest operatic talents of our generation performing alongside rising stars from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, accompanied by series artistic director and pianist Craig Terry. Each program presents a unique opportunity for the artists to perform engaging repertoire as solos and ensembles and is always a surprise for audiences to experience together.

About The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center
The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is Lyric’s preeminent artist-development program that nurtures the talents of some of the most promising operatic singers and pianists of each generation. The program’s Ensemble members earn their coveted spot by successfully auditioning among more than 400 artists worldwide. Its alumni are among the dominant names in opera today. Donor generosity ensures continued unparalleled training, performance experience, and professional readiness of Ensemble members. This highly competitive program, established in 1974, is honored to enjoy the support of acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming as Advisor, along with full-time staff Director Dan Novak, Music Director Craig Terry, and Director of Vocal Studies Julia Faulkner. For more information, visit lyricopera.org/ryanoperacenter.

About Lyric Opera of Chicago
Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to redefining what it means to experience great opera. The company is driven to deliver consistently excellent artistry through innovative, relevant, celebratory programming that engages and energizes new and traditional audiences. Under the leadership of General Director, President & CEO Anthony Freud, Music Director Sir Andrew Davis, Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola, and Special Projects Advisor Renée Fleming, Lyric is dedicated to reflecting, and drawing strength from, the diversity of Chicago. Lyric offers, through innovation, collaboration, and evolving learning opportunities, ever-more exciting, accessible, and thought-provoking audience and community experiences. Learn more by following @LyricOpera on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, or visit lyricopera.org.

About the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater
The Harris Theater is Chicago’s home for music and dance, connecting diverse audiences with artists from across the city, the nation, and the world. Opened in 2003 in Millennium Park, the Theater was the first multi-use performance venue built in downtown Chicago since 1929, and fulfilled the city’s need for a shared home for mid-size performing arts organizations. Today, the Harris features some of the most diverse arts and culture offerings of any venue in the city, and is a distinctive model for artistic quality, collaboration, and making the performing arts relevant and accessible to the widest possible audience. 

View from choral risers at Beyond the Aria
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Choral Riser Subscriptions Available

Limited space is available for this exclusive, intimate series. Subscriptions for general admission seating in the choral risers are available by contacting our Box Office by phone at 312.334.7777 or email at info@harristheaterchicago.org, open 12 p.m to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday.