We are thrilled to announce that Beyond the Aria will return to the Pritzker Pavilion stage with four intimate performances this 2022-23 season.

In partnership with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Beyond the Aria features opera luminaries and emerging stars performing repertoire of their choosing in an intimate and interactive setting, against the backdrop of Millennium Park. The 22-23 lineup includes both familiar faces like mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, tenor Lawrence Brownlee, and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, and series debuts including tenor Charles Castronovo, and bass Soloman Howard. Each will be joined by series artistic director and pianist Craig Terry, and rising talent from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble.

PROGRAM I 
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 / 7:30PM

Lawrence Brownlee, soprano
Kathryn Henry, soprano
Lunga Eric Hallam, tenor

PROGRAM II
Monday, November 12, 2022 / 7:30PM

Clémentine Margaine, mezzo-soprano
Soloman Howard, bass
Katherine DeYoung, mezzo-soprano

PROGRAM III 
Monday, February 13, 2023 / 7:30PM

Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano
Lindsey Reynolds, soprano
Martin Luther Clark, tenor

PROGRAM IV
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 / 7:30PM

J'Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
Charles Castronovo, tenor
Denis Vélez, soprano

All curated and accompanied by Artistic Director and pianist Craig Terry.

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, open from 12 p.m to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday.

COVID-19 Protocol
The Harris Theater strongly recommends proper wearing of masks at all times for audiences in the space when in close proximity to others and throughout the performance.

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, open 12 p.m to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday.