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Beyond The Aria: Susanna Phillips, Christian van Horn, Mingjie Lei, & Craig Terry

  • Harris Theater for Music and Dance 205 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL, 60601 United States (map)

Beyond the Aria is the highly acclaimed performance series produced by the Harris Theater, in association with Lyric Unlimited, which pairs internationally celebrated opera singers of Lyric’s main-stage alongside rising stars from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago performing together on the stage of the Pritzker Pavilion.


Beyond the Aria brings audiences a one-night-only experience with some of the greatest operatic talents of our generation in performances that will never be repeated. To audience’s delight, artists perform a repertoire of their choosing which may include Broadway, American Songbook, Jazz, and more, with accompaniment by pianist Craig Terry, the Artistic Director of Beyond the Aria, Assistant Conductor at Lyric Opera, and Music Director of the Ryan Opera Center. These intimate performances take place “cabaret style,” seated on the enclosed stage of the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park – each is unique and customized by the featured artists. 


Susanna Phillips, soprano

Lyric Opera 2015–16 Role: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

Christian Van Horn, bass-baritone

Lyric Opera 2015–16 Role: Alidoro in La Cenerentola and Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet

Mingjie Lei, tenor

Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Craig Terry, piano

Beyond the Aria Artistic Director