Opera Festival of Chicago

Chicago's First Italian Opera Festival

Ten days of performances and events featuring world-renowned performers and rising stars. The festival includes the Chicago premiere of two semi-staged opera productions, with two performances of each opera alternated with presentations, recitals, Italian culture nights, Italian wines tasting, Italian poetry evening, and more.


To present world-class standard productions of Italian opera masterpieces in Chicago that rarely grace the stage in the United States. In doing so we aspire to: generate an inquisitive operatic appetite within Chicago audiences; make our work – and its cultural context – accessible to a wide audience; provide a stimulating and inspirational environment of Italian opera for artists and audiences alike; provide a vital opportunity for young artists entering the profession to uphold the high integrity and demands of Italian opera with artists and musicians who are established professionals; and to highlight and celebrate the immense talent that has originated from the Chicagoland area.


The Opera Festival of Chicago has been founded to fill a void within the city’s current operatic climate and celebrate the rich operatic heritage, culture and lifestyle of the country that it germinated from. The Festival will amalgamate the atmosphere and artistry of the operatic festivals of Spoleto, Pesaro, Verona and Festival Puccini and deigns to become America’s go-to hub for world class Italian Opera performances.

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Ten days of performances and events starting May 2021


Giuseppe Verdi


Cultural Events & Fundraisers


Gaetano Donizetti

Athenaeum Theatre

The Athenaeum Theatre is a historic building and the oldest continuously operating off-Loop theater in Chicago. The theatre serves as a cultural resource and a forum for arts groups and audiences both in the neighborhood and the greater Chicago area with a main stage theatre seating 984 people.
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