**PLEASE NOTE: For 2016-2017 Auditions go to tab (left) for application and instructions.**
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.
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...”
Ryan Opera Center 2014-2015 Ensemble
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
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Preliminary Auditions for the 2016-2017 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble
All applicants must submit a completed application form and audition video consisting of two contrasting arias. Videos may not include excerpts from staged performances. Videos must be uploaded to the Internet (we suggest YouTube) and applicants must include a link to their video in their application form. DVDs and emailed video files will not be accepted.
1. Click here to download the application form with complete instructions (.doc file).
2. After downloading, please fill in all of the requested information and save as a Word file (.doc).
3. Email application form including link to audition video to RyanCenter@lyricopera.org.
Applicants will be notified via email if invited to a live audition. Applicants who accept our invitation to a live audition must pay an audition fee of $30 within two weeks of notification or withdraw in writing.
Timetable in 2015:
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The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer/program.
Preliminary Auditions for the Ryan Opera Center Pianist
Thank you for your interest in the Ryan Opera Center Pianist position. The Ryan Opera Center is not currently accepting applications from pianists; please check for openings next year.
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
Robert and Ellen Marks
Vocal Studies Program
in honor of Gianna Rolandi
W. Stephen Smith
William C. Billingham
Guest Master Artists
Sir Andrew Davis
Ana María Martínez
Foreign Language Instruction
Acting and Movement Instruction
Guest Lecturer and Consultant
Ryan Opera Center Artistic/Production Personnel
Michael La Tour
Wigs and Makeup
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"
Lyric Mainstage Experience
Ryan Opera Center member Evan Boyer talks about the experience of performing on Lyric Opera's mainstage. Courtesy of 98.7WFMT.