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Lyric Opera of Chicago announces the 2023 Opera in the Neighborhoods tour

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Opera in the Neighborhoods program will once again bring a live performance tour to school and neighborhood venues throughout the Chicago area this fall. Jason and the Argonauts, a captivating opera for young people, composed by Gregory Spears with a libretto by Kathryn Walat, will begin performances for students in October. The run will culminate with two public performances at Chicago’s Vittum Theater on Saturday, October 21, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Under the Opera in the Neighborhoods banner, Jason and the Argonauts is a fully mobile touring production that will be presented for student groups in and around Chicago. The 2023 tour will feature performances for students throughout the city and the suburbs during the second two weeks of October and be available to an audience of nearly 3,000 students in grades 3-6. Student group performances are free for schools to attend.

Inspired by the ancient Greek myth, Jason and the Argonauts follows the thrilling adventures of a young man and his friends as they embark on a courageous quest to find the Golden Fleece, facing formidable challenges like battling a fearsome dragon. The opera incorporates themes of nature and sustainability, providing a contemporary perspective on the timeless tale. This production from Lyric features compelling stage design, along with a company of accomplished artists that includes four singing artists and four musicians. Casting will be shared in the near future.

Renowned composer Gregory Spears, known for blending baroque style, minimalism, and romanticism, brings his award-winning and critically acclaimed musical style to this opera. Librettist Kathryn Walat, a celebrated playwright and librettist, joins forces with Spears once again following their collaboration on the chamber opera Paul’s Case, which received high praise for its poetic adaptation of Willa Cather’s short story.

We are all so pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for students to experience operas like Jason and the Argonauts through Lyric’s long-standing Opera in the Neighborhoods program,” said Jill LeCesne Potter, Senior Director of Learning Programs. “Opera has the power to captivate and inspire young audiences, and this production beautifully combines the magic of ancient Greek mythology with modern themes. Our goal is simply to provide access to the arts for as many audiences as possible and, perhaps, cultivate the next generation of arts enthusiasts.”

Families in and around Chicago can enjoy the public performances of Jason and the Argonauts at the Vittum Theater (1012 N Noble St, Chicago) on Saturday, October 21st, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tickets ($10 youth, $20 adult) will go on sale Tuesday, July 25. Visit for tickets and additional information.