Lyric Opera and The Second City put the fun in dysfunctional!

So you probably watched the CBS’ Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show a couple of nights ago and thought it was very glamorous huh? Well, do you know that there is a Chicago institution that produces shows that are more fabulous and whose productions have such racy subjects as  sex, revenge and betrayal? No, it is not the Jerry Springer Show. No, it is not Oprah. I am talking about the Chicago Lyric Opera, one of the leading opera companies in the United States.  The Lyric Opera is a thrilling live entertainment option that takes audiences where no screen can. I had the fortune to be casted as a supernumerary for the production of Aida this last season (see picture and video below):

Me as Amneris attendant for Aida
Me as Amneris attendant for Aida

The experience of being part of  such glamorous productions is so thrilling that people keep doing it for years, even decades.  The Opera is certainly a passionate affair! However, many think of the Opera as boring and elitist. The Lyric Opera wanted to change these perceptions and asked themselves: How can we convey the excitement of the opera experience in a way that removes perceptual barriers? Enter Second City, the world’s premier comedy club/theatre and school of improvisation. This other Chicago institution is partnering with the Lyric Opera in a production that will present Opera in a more contemporary, accessible, and inclusive way. Their debut collaboration is a production titled The Second City Guide to the Opera, a mash-up of improv comedy and music. The January 5, 2013 event will feature the celebrated soprano Renée Fleming, along with performers from the fabled comedy troupe. It will be a funny, fabulous evening that will delight both opera aficionados and those who thought an opera house is the last place they’d ever come to be entertained. Unfortunately, the show is sold out as of now, but here is a couple of videos that resulted from this collaboration.  The first one is a parody of Hansel and Gretel, the opera production that opens tomorrow.

By the way, there is an exclusive offer for young professionals (21-45) to get tickets this production at up to 65% OFF and help hungry kids at the same time. If you become a member of the Lyric Young Professionals group, you can attend Hansel and Gretel at special reduced prices! Enjoy great entertainment and join Lyric in helping the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Choose Friday, December 7 or Tuesday, January 8. Then, bring a bag of non-perishable groceries to the Civic Opera House for your performance. Complimentary reception begins at 6pm. Performance at 7:30pm. Click here and use promo code GRETEL to order tickets. $39, $59, OR $79. Up to 65% OFF regular prices!

The second video is about another production that will open later this season: La Bohème.

Are you interested in participating in these productions? On Monday, December 10th at 7:00pm, the Lyric Opera of Chicago will audition male and female adult supernumeraries (extras) for La Bohème.  To obtain an information packet about becoming a supernumerary please send your information to Bill Walters, super captain, at bwalters@lyricopera.org  or call the Supernumerary Hotline at (312) 827-3538.

Also, if you are a full-time college student, you can get discounted tickets (as low as $20) through the NExT ticket program.  Click here to learn more.

I hope you get the chance to experience all the glamour and excitement that the Opera has to offer. Long Live Passion!

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