Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Theater To Undergo Renovations To Improve Audience Experience

By David Salazar

The Lyric Opera of Chicago, which marks its 90th anniversary this week, is set to undertake a number of major renovations and improvements to existing opera house.

Over the summer of 2020, the Ardis Krainik Theatre is set to undergo structural changes that will result in replacements of all the theater’s chairs, improved sightlines on the main floor, and “greatly enhanced accessibility” with the aim of improving the guest experience at performances.

Per a press release, this was all made possible thanks a significant gift from an Anonymous Donor.

“We are thrilled about this opportunity to elevate the Lyric experience for all our guests,” said Anthony Freud, the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s general director and CEO. “Lyric is committed to improving and maintaining this historic building to the highest standard, without altering the house’s visual beauty. We are enormously grateful for the generosity of the Anonymous Donor, whose commitment to helping maximize Lyric’s accessibility to all audiences while enhancing the overall experience in the opera house has made this possible…

“This new seating plan will provide accessibility and upgrades in comfort while ensuring that the house’s acoustics will remain among the finest in the nation.”