The Lyric Opera will lose its general director at the end of this season, two years before his contract is up.
Anthony Freud, 65, has decided to return to England with his husband Colin Ure.
Before taking on the Lyric in 2011, he was head of Houston Grand Opera (2006-11) and Welsh National Opera (1994-2005).
‘During Anthony’s tenure, Lyric has seen tremendous artistic growth and amazing firsts,’ said board chair Sylvia Neil. ‘Thanks to Anthony’s leadership and hard work, Lyric enhanced its national and international leadership in the field and stands out as an indispensable part of the cultural and civic fabric of Chicago.’