2021/22 Season

chicago Premiere

Dates TBA

Two Remain

Out of Darkness
American composer Jake Heggie continues his ‘Year in Chicago’ with the Chicago premiere of his latest opera (created with librettist Gene Scheer) Two Remain. The opera delves into the lives of two Holocaust survivors, Krystyna Zywulska & Gad Beck, sharing their intimate insights and incredible struggles.

Sounds of Pride

A celebration of Pride benefiting Chicago Fringe Opera & United Pride
Returning for a third year, Chicago Fringe Opera will celebrate the immeasurable contributions of the LGBTQ+ community with a pride party featuring specialty cocktails & a brief, intimate musical program composed and performed by members of the LGBTQ+ community.
world Premiere

The Widows Will

The Heros Project
“The Widow’s Will” highlights Johnson’s struggle against the City of Chicago to bring attention to the toxic pollution of the Altgeld Gardens community.  The film considers her legacy today, as well the effects of politics and racism on her work, ending with a call to action for audiences to continue her environmental activism.

Songs From Letters

Ear Taxi Festival, Spotlight Concert
Chicago Fringe Opera presents a spotlight series concert as part of the Ear Taxi Festival featuring song cycles of Gwyneth Walker, Libby Larsen. The program is inspired by the letter scene in opera used to express heightened inner emotion or key plot twists. 

Moods + Foods

Chicago Fringe Opera will once again be featured in the Moods + Foods outdoor Performance Series at Woodard Plaza, which will be transformed into a community gathering spot for food and entertainment.

The Rosina Project

An Immersive Hip-Hopera
'The Rosina Project' is a contemporary adaptation of Rossini’s 19th-century comedy 'The Barber of Seville', remixed by Chicago-based Hip-Hop and opera artists who perform an original, female-driven story of empowerment as an immersive, 21st-century house party.

Open Run

A City of Works

Micro-operas for Chicago
A site-specific digital experience
A series of site-specific digital experiences. Evoking the ethereal nature of theatre itself, audiences embark on individual journeys to landmarks throughout our city, unlocking audio and video content, and joining a collective experience to watch performances through individual personal devices.

Past Seasons



2020 20201030 / 20210729

Sounds of Pride 2020

2020 20200923 / 20210729

Arts in the Dark

2019 20191019 / 20210729


2019 20191123 / 20210729

Sounds of Pride

2019 20190629 / 20210729

Love Wounds

2019 20190525 / 20210729

The Rosina Project

2019 20190602 / 20210729

The Long Christmas Dinner

2018 20181201 / 20210729

Arts in the Dark

2018 20181020 / 20210729

The Rossini Project

2018 20180610 / 20210729

The Great God Pan

2018 20180318 / 20210729

As One

2017 20171119 / 20210729


2017 20170513 / 20210729

Song from the Uproar

2016 20161103 / 20210729

2016-17 Season Opening Gala

2016 20160925 / 20210729

In the Penal Colony

2016 20160522 / 20210729

Fringe’s Holiday House Party

2015 20151218 / 20210729

The Turn of the Screw

2015 20151024 / 20210729

Chicago Fringe Opera’s Lakeside Soiree

2015 20150529 / 20210729

Far Off Light

2015 20150123 / 20210729

2014 Christmas Celebration

2014 20141221 / 20210729
Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation