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Lyric in the Gardens – Michigan City

On Sunday, August 30 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. CDT, Friendship Botanic Gardens will be hosting the preseason of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as some of the biggest names in Chicago’s arts and culture scene will preview their 2020-2021 season.

The event will include performances by Chicago Lyric Opera Ryan Center artists Kimberly Jones, Maia Surace, Cornelius Johnson, Gary Alexander, Paul Dykstra and Aaron Wardell. The program will include arias from Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”, “Puccini’s “Tosca” Donizetti’s and “Elixir of Love”, and Broadway favorites “Phantom of the Opera”, “Secret Garden”,  “Man of La Mancha,” “Trouble in Tahiti”, “Ragtime”, and “Singin in the Rain”. 

General admission tickets are available on Eventbrite for $45. They will also be sold at the door the day of the event, cash or card. Premium seating tickets are $50.

“A fabulous afternoon awaits in our new Celebration Pavilion,” said Dr. Rima Binder, Event Chair and Second Vice President of the FBG Board.  

Light appetizers are included with each ticket. A cash bar with wine and beer will also be on site. All proceeds contribute to the continued restoration and maintenance of Friendship Botanic Gardens.

The performance will begin promptly at 4:00. Arrive at 3:00 p.m. for wine, beer, other beverages and light appetizers while taking a stroll through the 105-acres of gardens, trails and meadows.

Chairs will be available for use in the Celebration Meadow; however, guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.Seating will be safely distanced in the lawn. Face coverings are required when it is impossible to stay 6 feet away from others. No outside food or drink allowed in the venue.

Friendship Botanic Gardens is located at 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City, IN 46360. For more information call (219)878-9885 or visit


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