Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet Announce First Collaboration with 17/18 Season Opener

By Stephen Raskauskas |

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Tuesday, January 17, Lyric Opera of Chicago announced that it will open its 2017-18 season with Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, a new co-production with LA Opera, Joffrey Ballet, and Staatsoper Hamburg.

John Neumeier, director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet, directs, choreographs, and designs the production, which also marks Lyric’s first collaboration with Joffrey. A Milwaukee native, Neumeier recently collaborated with the Joffrey to stage the North American premiere of his ballet Sylvia.

John Neumeier (Photo: Steven Haberland)

The production will be presented at the Civic Opera House in Chicago September 23 – October 15, 2017, before moving to Los Angeles in March of 2018. The Staatsoper Hamburg will present performances with the Hamburg Ballet of the same production in 2019.

Esteemed conductor Harry Bicket returns to Lyric to lead the world premiere performances in Chicago. The cast includes Dmitry Korchak as Orphée and Ryan Opera Center alumna Andriana Chuchman as Eurydice.

Tickets will be available as part of subscription packages for Lyric’s 2017/18 season on Tuesday, February 7. Individual tickets will be on sale in July 2017. For more information, visit Lyric’s website.

For information about WFMT’s upcoming broadcasts of Lyric Opera productions during the 2016/17 season, click here.