Opera, Singing, Chorus & Stage Auditions - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Lyric Opera of Chicago. You will find current audition opportunities at the bottom of this page. Singers and instrumentalists wishing to receive audition information from Lyric Opera of Chicago or The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center may contact the appropriate administrators as follows:

 


Solo Artists

Lyric grants auditions for principal roles to professional opera singers on an invitation-only basis. The artist's management should contact Lyric's associate artistic administrator or email soloaud@lyricopera.org with requests for an audition.

 


Orchestra

Lyric Opera of Chicago will be auditioning applicants for the position of Section Horn in January and February of 2015, with Finals and possible Semi-Finals in March. For more information and how to apply, please click here or email orchaud@lyricopera.org with an inquiry.




Assistant Conductors/Music Staff

If you would like to be considered for an Assistant Conductor position, or as a "substitute" orchestra player, please forward a resume to: Music Administrator, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606; or via fax: (312) 419-0820; or via email: orchaud@lyricopera.org

 


Chorus

There are no upcoming chorus auditions currently scheduled. Please check back in the coming months to see information regarding Lyric's General Chorus Auditions for the 2015-16 Season.

 



American Musical Theater Initiative

Lyric Opera is no longer accepting materials to be considered for Carousel Ensemble Auditions.

These auditions are invitation only; walk-ins will not be considered.

 


Seasonal Artists

Some productions may require individuals with special talents to perform on stage, including:

  • Ballet

  • Children's Chorus

  • Supernumeraries ("extras")

  • Actors

Auditions for these roles are conducted on an "as needed" basis only; to find out about current/upcoming opportunities, please call the Audition Hotline at (312) 827-3548.

 

Ballet Auditions 

There are currently no upcoming ballet auditions scheduled for our 2014-15 Season.

 

Supernumerary Auditions
To obtain an information packet about becoming a supernumerary please send your information to Bill Walters, super captain, at bwalters@lyricopera.org. For additional information, please call the Supernumerary Hotline at (312) 827-3538.

Actors

There are no current audition opportunities for the 2014-15 season.

 


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:

Live
Audition
Date

City Application
Due
Email
Notification
Payment
Due
March 3 New York City January 15 February 1 February 15
May 18 &
July 18
Chicago March 15 April 1 April 15

 

 

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.