Russell Thomas, tenor; Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano; Patrick Guetti, bass

Beyond the Aria

Beyond the Aria is the highly acclaimed performance series produced by the Harris Theater, in association with Lyric Unlimited, which pairs internationally celebrated opera singers of Lyric’s main-stage alongside rising stars from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago performing together on the stage of the Pritzker Pavilion.

Beyond the Aria brings audiences a one-night-only experience with some of the greatest operatic talents of our generation in performances that will never be repeated. To audience’s delight, artists perform a repertoire of their choosing which may include Broadway, American Songbook, Jazz, and more, with accompaniment by pianist Craig Terry, the Artistic Director of Beyond the Aria, Assistant Conductor at Lyric Opera, and Music Director of the Ryan Opera Center. These intimate performances take place “cabaret style,” seated on the enclosed stage of the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park—each is unique and customized by the featured artists. 

PERFORMING

Russell Thomas, tenor 
Lyric Opera 2016–17 Role: Pollione in Norma

Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano 
Lyric Opera 2016–17 Role: Adalgisa in Norma

Patrick Guetti, bass
Ryan Opera Center Ensemble


Stage-level table seats include invitations for you and your guests to attend a pre-performance dinner reception beginning at 6:00PM, as well as a toast with the artists immediately following the performance.

Seating in the Choral Risers is general admission.

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