October 29, 2018

From the Musicians of the Lyric Opera Orchestra regarding Lyric Opera of Chicago management’s decision to cancel the upcoming viola audition:

Our sincere apologies to our viola audition candidates

  • For the airline tickets you purchased

  • For the hours you spent p...

October 28, 2018

photo by Del Hall 

Question: Why did we go on strike?

Answer: To preserve opera at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Our wonderful city has built, through decades of philanthropy and visionary leadership, one of the great opera companies of the world. It has brought opera’s greate...

October 28, 2018

We were overwhelmed by the support we experienced on the picket line, from subscribers and patrons, members of our own union and other unions and passersby who understood our cause and wanted to help. The temperature during the strike ranged from a high of 86 to a low...

October 26, 2018

Our return to the pit on October 17 for our first post-strike opera, La Boheme, was an emotional time for all of us.  But we needn’t have worried about our maestro and our audience that night – we were enthusiastically welcomed and supported.

Maestro Domingo Hindoy...

October 16, 2018

Emmy Award-Winning Photojournalist Del Hall documented the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra strike with his hallmark stunning photography. Thank you Del!

October 16, 2018

Dear friends,

The Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra went back to work today, rehearsing the beautiful music we love to perform. We are incredibly grateful for the positive public support from Chicago and the world. Now we have a favor to ask you.

Please come to the opera. 


October 15, 2018

Today, the musicians of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra ratified the tentative agreement reached last evening with Lyric management. 

The musicians of the Orchestra went on strike on October 9 for one reason:  to preserve the Lyric Opera that generations of Chicagoans...

October 14, 2018

Yesterday afternoon the Chicago Federation of Musicians (AFM Local 10-208) hosted a Labor Rally for the Lyric Opera Orchestra at Daley Center Plaza.

Prior to the rally, the entire Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, wearing concert black attire, walked from the opera house t...

October 10, 2018

At 10am on Tuesday, October 9, the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra members hit the streets for Day One of our strike. 

Lyric musicians on strike, as seen through the lens of renowned photojournalist Del Hall:

The Lyric Orchestra Brass Ensemble played throughout the da...

October 10, 2018

Why are the Musicians of the Lyric Opera Orchestra on strike?  Because a world-class opera company needs a world-class orchestra.  That is now in danger.

Over the past 65 years, Chicago’s citizens, civic leaders, and philanthropists built a world-class opera compan...

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