Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

   

About The Ryan Opera Center

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center was established in 1974 as the professional artist-development program for Lyric Opera of Chicago. Since its inception, the Ryan Opera Center has been recognized as one of the premier programs of its kind in the world. That standing is maintained by providing the finest up-and-coming singers with unparalleled training and experience. The program is administered by Director Dan Novak and Music Director Craig Terry. Renée Fleming is Advisor.

  Lyric Opera of Chicago La boheme
 

While a member of the Ryan Opera Center, Joseph Lim (far right) performed Schaunard with alumna Elizabeth Futral (center) and the rest of the cast of La bohème in Lyric Opera's 2012-13 season.

Selected from some 400 singers who audition annually, the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members are in residence for twelve months. Over the course of the year they receive advanced instruction in numerous aspects of operatic performance, including voice lessons and coachings, language and acting training, and master classes with some of opera's most renowned artists.

During Lyric Opera's mainstage season, Ryan Opera Center members perform and understudy a significant number of principal and supporting roles. This presents an extraordinary opportunity to work with the world's greatest opera singers,conductors, directors, orchestra, and chorus. They also gain valuable performing experience by participating in recitals and concerts at many Chicago-area venues.

A testament to the Ryan Opera Center's caliber and success is the roster of distinguished alumni who perform regularly on the stages of leading international opera houses. It includes René Barbera, Harolyn Blackwell, Nicole Cabell, Elizabeth DeShong, Mark S. Doss, Christopher Feigum, Elizabeth Futral, Roger Honeywell, Joseph Kaiser, Maria Kanyova, Quinn Kelsey, Gregory Kunde, Dina Kuznetsova, Emily Magee, Amanda Majeski, Susanna Phillips, Mattew Polenzani, Christian Van Horn, Amber Wagner, and Erin Wall.

The Ryan Opera Center, “an elite singer-training program...is known as a launching pad to big-time careers...”
Chicago Tribune

Ryan Opera Center 2014-2015 Ensemble

 

Sopranos Mezzo-sopranos

Tracy Cantin

 

Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi

 

Laura Wilde

 

 

J'nai Bridges

 

Julie Anne Miller

 

 

Tenors       Baritones    

Jesse Donner

 

John Irvin

 

Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson

 

Anthony Clark Evans

 

Will Liverman

 

 

 

Bass-baritone   Bass     Pianist  

Richard Ollarsaba

 

 

 

Bradley Smoak

Bradley Smoak

 

 

 

Maureen Zoltek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

98.7WFMT and wfmt.com Recital Series

Generously sponsored by Julie and Roger Baskes.

Upcoming broadcast schedule:

Rebroadcast of "Unknown Opera"
August 4 at 6:00pm
August 10 at 11:00pm

Rebroadcast of "Music Inspired by The Trojan Wars"
September 1 at 6:00pm
September 7 at 11:00pm


Go to Audio tab to hear previously broadcast programs.

 

Preliminary Auditions for the 2015-2016 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Thank you for your interest in The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. Please note that we are no longer accepting audition applications for the 2015-2016 Ensemble. Please check back in December 2014 when information regarding our 2016-2017 Ensemble auditions will be available.

The National Auditions are sponsored by

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Official Airline of Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer/program.

Preliminary Auditions for the 2015-2016 Ryan Opera Center Pianist

Thank you for your interest in the 2015-2016 Ryan Opera Center Pianist position. The audition application period has passed. Please check back in December 2014 for information regarding future Pianist auditions.

The National Auditions are sponsored by

American Airlines Logo Small

Official Airline of Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer/program.

Ryan Opera Center Administration

Dan Novak, Director

The Ryan Opera Center Board Opera Center Director Endowed Chair

Craig Terry, Music Director

Renée Fleming, Advisor

Laura Chambers, Auditions Coordinator

Telephone: (312) 332-2244

Fax: (312) 345-8425

For further information on Ryan Opera Center singers and for inquiries about engagements for individual members or the entire Ensemble, please contact Dan Novak, Director.

Ryan Opera Center Faculty 

Voice Instruction
Robert and Ellen Marks
Vocal Studies Program
Endowed Chair
in honor of Gianna Rolandi

Julia Faulkner
W. Stephen Smith

Coaching Staff

Emanuele Andrizzi
William C. Billingham
Codrut Birsan
Alan Darling
Laurann Gilley
Philip Morehead
Celeste Rue
Eric Weimer

Guest Master Artists

Marco Armiliato
Stephanie Blythe
Sir Andrew Davis
Renée Fleming
Quinn Kelsey
Ana María Martínez
Eric Owens
Christopher Purves
Marina Rebeka
Bo Skovhus

Foreign Language Instruction

Klára Moldová
Renate Moser
Alessandra Visconti
Eric Weimer

Acting and Movement Instruction

Joey Bland
Anne Libera
Matthew Ozawa
Timothy Sniffen
August Tye

Guest Lecturer and Consultant

Roger Pines

Ryan Opera Center Artistic/Production Personnel

Conductors

Emanuele Andrizzi
Warren Jones

Directors

Michael La Tour
Matthew Ozawa

Wigs and Makeup

Sarah Hatten
Alicja Klosek

Stage Mangers

Donald Claxon
Peggy Stenger
Bill Walters

Wardrobe

Theresa Ham
Lucy Lindquist
Maureen Reilly

Vocal Studio Class

Gianna Rolandi, former Director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, leads members of the 12-13 Ensemble in a vocal studio class backstage at Lyric. Courtesy of The Chicago Tribune.

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Recital Series on 98.7WFMT Highlights from "Love Songs"


 

 Recital Series on 98.7WFMT Highlights from "Liederabend"


 

 Recital Series on 98.7WFMT Highlights from "Spring"

Audio

Lyric Mainstage Experience

Evan Boyer

Ryan Opera Center member Evan Boyer talks about the experience of performing on Lyric Opera's mainstage. Courtesy of 98.7WFMT.