Donor Benefits

Treat yourself to an abundance of magnificent donor benefits

Our menu of donors benefits is meant to enhance your operagoing experience. Click through our membership levels to explore the opportunities and items you will receive for your generous support.

We are excited to introduce our four new giving "facets" for the season: the Prelude Fund, the Encore Circle, the Crescendo Society, and the Ardris Krainik Council. Each plays a crucial role in Lyric's continuing success. Click on your preferred giving level to learn more about the benefits you can receive.

Have a question about your benefits? Please contact our Donor Benefits hotline at 312.827.5686 or email donorbenefits@lyricopera.org.

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Treat yourself to an abundance of magnificent donor benefits

Our menu of donors benefits is meant to enhance your operagoing experience. Click through our membership levels to explore the opportunities and items you will receive for your generous support.

We are excited to introduce our four new giving "facets" for the season: the Prelude Fund, the Encore Circle, the Crescendo Society, and the Ardris Krainik Council. Each plays a crucial role in Lyric's continuing success. Click on your preferred giving level to learn more about the benefits you can receive.

Have a question about your benefits? Please contact our Donor Benefits hotline at 312.827.5686 or email donorbenefits@lyricopera.org.

Membership Levels

Member

$50-$99 - Prelude Fund

Exclusive Benefits

  • NEW Lyric Opera membership card, granting you Member-level pricing on merchandise when you show your card at our OperaShop

  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter, with exclusive content showcasing how your support is used to elevate our productions and programming

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Patron

$100-$249 - Prelude Fund

Ticketing 

  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

Exclusive Benefits

  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at the OperaShop

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Invitation to attend ONE private Working Rehearsal with performers and the magnificent Lyric Opera Orchestra—an exclusive benefit of Patron membership
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Associate

$250-$499 - Prelude Fund

Priority Seating

  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Rising Stars in Concert

Ticketing 

  • Invitation to attend TWO private Working Rehearsal with performers and the magnificent Lyric Opera Orchestra—an exclusive benefit of Associate membership
  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

Exclusive Benefits

  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at our OperaShop

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Sustainer

$500-$999 - Prelude Fund

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Two (2) passes redeem among three Donor Dress Rehearsals per season
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Invitations

  • Lyric voting membership and invitation to the Annual Meeting

Exclusive Benefits

  • Listing in Lyric's Program Book for one year
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at our OperaShop

Ticketing 

  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

Priority Seating

  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Rising Stars in Concert

Friend

$1,000-$1,999 - Encore Circle

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Four (4) passes to donor dress rehearsals per season
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Invitations

  • Friends First Receptions: Mingle with fellow donors during the first intermission of select performances. Enjoy complimentary coffee, cookies, and conversation with Encore Circle donors (and above).
  • Lyric voting membership and invitation to the Annual Meeting

Exclusive Benefits

  • Listing in Lyric's Program Book for one year
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor e-newsletter
  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at our OperaShop

Ticketing 

  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

Priority Seating

  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Rising Stars in Concert

(benefits valued at $30)

Impresario

$2,000-$3,499 - Encore Circle

Invitations

  • Invitation to attend one (1) Lyric Signature Event: Choose from an exciting menu of events to experience the inner workings of Lyric, including master classes, workshop performances, star-studded luncheons and receptions, and more
  • Access to Friends First Receptions
  • Lyric voting membership and invitation to the Annual Meeting

Parking

  • One (1) complimentary valet parking voucher

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Four (4) passes to donor dress rehearsals per season
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Exclusive Benefits

  • Listing in Lyric's Program Book for one year
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at our OperaShop

Ticketing 

  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

Priority Seating

  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Rising Stars in Concert

(benefits valued at $160)

Bravo Circle

$3,500-$4,999 - Encore Circle

Ticketing 

  • Bravo Circle Premium Ticket Services: Enjoy the convenience of having a dedicated staff concierge to help you with your ticketing needs. You will receive access to the best tickets available as well as no exchange fees.
  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

Invitations

  • Invitation to attend two (2) Lyric Signature Events 
  • Access to Friends First Receptions
  • Lyric voting membership and invitation to the Annual Meeting

Parking

  • Two (2) complimentary valet parking vouchers

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Four (4) passes to donor dress rehearsals per season
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Exclusive Benefits

  • Listing in Lyric's Program Book for one year
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at our OperaShop

Priority Seating

  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Rising Stars in Concert

(benefits valued at $300)

Benefactor

$5,000-$7,499 - Crescendo Society

Exclusive Benefits

  • Major Contributor recognition in Lyric's Annual Report
  • Listing in Lyric's Program Book for one year
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at our OperaShop

Invitations

  • Invitation to attend three (3) Lyric Signature Events 
  • Access to Friends First Receptions
  • Lyric voting membership and invitation to the Annual Meeting

Parking

  • Three (3) complimentary valet parking vouchers

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Four (4) passes to donor dress rehearsals per season
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Ticketing 

  • Bravo Circle Premium Ticket Services
  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

Priority Seating

  • Reserved seating for two to Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park
  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Rising Stars in Concert

(benefits valued at $420)

Premier Benefactor

$7,500-$9,999 - Crescendo Society

Dining

  • Enjoy Lyric's private dining room, The William B. and Catherine Graham Room: The legendary Graham Room provides an elegant and exclusive environment for pre-opera cocktails and dining with unparalleled services, exponentially enhancing your opera season from start to finish. Reservations are required.

Parking

  • Ten (10) complimentary Graham Room Member Premier Expedited Valet Parking vouchers

Exclusive Benefits

  • Major Contributor recognition in Lyric's Annual Report
  • Listing in Lyric's Program Book for one year
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at our OperaShop

Invitations

  • Invitation to attend three (3) Lyric Signature Events 
  • Access to Friends First Receptions
  • Lyric voting membership and invitation to the Annual Meeting

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Four (4) passes to donor dress rehearsals per season
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Ticketing 

  • Bravo Circle Premium Ticket Services
  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

Priority Seating

  • Reserved seating for two to Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park
  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Rising Stars in Concert

(benefits valued at $665)

Silver Grand Benefactor

$10,000-$24,999 - Crescendo Society

Invitations

  • Invitation for two to a Grand Benefactor Appreciation Dinner hosted by the General Director
  • Invitation to a master class led by Renée Fleming
  • Invitation to attend three (3) Lyric Signature Events 
  • Access to Friends First Receptions
  • Lyric voting membership and invitation to the Annual Meeting

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • NEW Six (6) passes to redeem among three Donor Dress Rehearsals per season
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Priority Seating and Reservations

  • NEW Priority reservations for Lyric's travel program, Lyric on the Move
  • Reserved seating for two to Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park
  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Rising Stars in Concert

Dining

  • Enjoy Lyric's private dining room, The William B. and Catherine Graham Room

Parking

  • Ten (10) complimentary Graham Room Member Premier Expedited Valet Parking vouchers

Exclusive Benefits

  • Enjoy complimentary glasses of wine at Friends First receptions
  • Major Contributor recognition in Lyric's Annual Report
  • Listing in Lyric's Program Book for one year
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at our OperaShop

Ticketing 

  • Bravo Circle Premium Ticket Services
  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

(benefits valued at $825)

Golden Grand Benefactor

$25,000-$49,999 - Ardis Krainik Council

Invitations

  • Invitation for two to attend ALL Lyric Signature Events and mingle with the stars
  • Invitation for two to the Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park cast party
  • Invitation for two to a Grand Benefactor Appreciation Dinner hosted by the General Director
  • Invitation to a master class led by Renée Fleming
  • Access to Friends First Receptions
  • Lyric voting membership and invitation to the Annual Meeting

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Premium reserved seating for two to each of the three Donor Dress Rehearsals
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Priority Seating and Reservations

  • Priority reservations for Lyric's travel program, Lyric on the Move
  • Reserved seating for two to Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park
  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Rising Stars in Concert

Dining

  • Enjoy Lyric's private dining room, The William B. and Catherine Graham Room

Parking

  • Ten (10) complimentary Graham Room Member Premier Expedited Valet Parking vouchers

Exclusive Benefits

  • Major Contributor recognition in Lyric's Annual Report
  • Listing in Lyric's Program Book for one year
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at our OperaShop

Ticketing 

  • Bravo Circle Premium Ticket Services
  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

(benefits valued at $1,030)

Platinum Grand Benefactor

$50,000-$99,999 - Ardis Krainik Council

Exclusive Benefits

  • Backstage Access by Request: An opportunity to explore a department, rehearsal space, or performance area of your choice. Subject to availability and rehearsal/performance schedules.
  • Major Contributor recognition in Lyric's Annual Report
  • Listing in Lyric's Program Book for one year
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at our OperaShop

Invitations

  • Invitation for two to attend ALL Lyric Signature Events and mingle with the stars
  • Invitation for two to the Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park cast party
  • Invitation for two to a Grand Benefactor Appreciation Dinner hosted by the General Director
  • Invitation to a master class led by Renée Fleming
  • Access to Friends First Receptions
  • Lyric voting membership and invitation to the Annual Meeting

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Premium reserved seating for two to each of the three donor dress rehearsals
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Priority Seating and Reservations

  • Priority reservations for Lyric's travel program, Lyric on the Move
  • Reserved seating for two to Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park
  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Rising Stars in Concert

Dining

  • Enjoy Lyric's private dining room, The William B. and Catherine Graham Room

Parking

  • Ten (10) complimentary Graham Room Member Premier Expedited Valet Parking vouchers

Ticketing 

  • Bravo Circle Premium Ticket Services
  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

(benefits valued at $1,030)

Aria Society

$100,000+ - Ardis Krainik Council

Exclusive Benefits

  • Sponsorship recognition and premier listing in Lyric's Program Book, Annual Report, and at the Annual Meeting 
  • Premium name recognition in The William B. and Catherine Graham Room
  • Backstage Access by Request
  • Enjoy complimentary glasses of wine at Friends First receptions
  • Major Contributor recognition in Lyric's Annual Report
  • Listing in Lyric's Program Book for one year
  • $10 off coupon at Lyric's OperaShop
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Exclusive gift of your choice from selected Lyric merchandise
  • Lyric membership card

Ticketing 

  • Concierge service from Lyric staff in securing premium and exclusive tickets to national and international opera houses
  • Bravo Circle Premium Ticket Services
  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

Invitations

  • Private Aria Society dinner at an exclusive location 
  • Invitation for two to attend ALL Lyric Signature Events and mingle with the stars
  • Invitation for two to the Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park cast party
  • Invitation for two to a Grand Benefactor Appreciation Dinner hosted by the General Director
  • Invitation to a master class led by Renée Fleming
  • Attend in-studio recordings of the Ryan Opera Center's WFMT radio recitals
  • Access to Friends First Receptions
  • Lyric voting membership and invitation to the Annual Meeting

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Premium reserved seating for two to each of the three donor dress rehearsals
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Priority Seating and Reservations

  • Priority reservations for Lyric's travel program, Lyric on the Move
  • Reserved seating for two to Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park
  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Rising Stars in Concert

Dining

  • Enjoy Lyric's private dining room, The William B. and Catherine Graham Room

Parking

  • Ten (10) complimentary Graham Room Member Premier Expedited Valet Parking vouchers

(benefits valued at $1,230)