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 and pianists with unparalleled training and experience. The program is administered by Director Dan Novak and Music Director Craig Terry. Renée Fleming is Advisor and Julia Faulkner is Director of Vocal Studies.
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:
Duo Recital with Tracy Cantin and John Irvin
April 6 at 6:00pm
April 12 at 11:00pm
Go to Audio tab (above left) to hear previously broadcast programs.
Highlights from the 2013-14 WFMT Recital Series "Liederabend" featuring Emily Birsan, Laura Wilde, J'nai Bridges, Julie Miller, Adam Bonanni, John Irvin, Will Liverman, and Richard Ollarsaba, accompanied by Craig Terry and Maureen Zoltek, hosted by Colin Ure.
Go to Video tab (above left) to watch other recital program video highlights.
Preliminary Auditions for the 2016-2017 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 applications for the 2016-2017 Ensemble. Please check back in December 2015 when information regarding our 2017-2018 Ensemble auditions will be available.
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
Julia Faulkner, Director of Vocal Studies
Jimmy Byrne, Manager
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
Guest Master Artists
Sir Andrew Davis
Matthew A. Epstein
Ana María Martínez
Gerald Martin Moore
Anne Sofie von Otter
Foreign Language Instruction
Acting and Movement Instruction
Guest Lecturer and Consultant
Ryan Opera Center Artistic/Production Personnel
Wigs and Makeup
Highlights from the 2013-14 WFMT Recital Series "Spring" featuring Emily Birsan, Tracy Cantin, J'nai Bridges, Julie Miller, John Irvin, Anthony Clark Evans, Will Liverman, and Richard Ollarsaba, accompanied by Craig Terry and Maureen Zoltek, hosted by Colin Ure.
Highlights from the 2013-14 WFMT Recital Series "Love Songs" featuring Emily Birsan, Tracy Cantin, Laura Wilde, J'nai Bridges, Adam Bonanni, John Irvin, Anthony Clark Evans, Will Liverman, and Richard Ollarsaba, accompanied by Craig Terry and Maureen Zoltek, hosted by Colin Ure.
Lyric Mainstage Experience
Ryan Opera Center alumnus Evan Boyer talks about the experience of performing on Lyric Opera's mainstage. Courtesy of 98.7WFMT.
WFMT Recital Series
Laura Wilde and J'nai Bridges Recital
The first program of the Ryan Opera Center's 2014-15 98.7WFMT Recital Series features Laura Wilde and J'nai Bridges, accompanied by Craig Terry and hosted by Colin Ure.
WFMT Recital Series
Songs About Women
"Songs About Women" features Jesse Donner, Jonathan Johnson, and Bradley Smoak, accompanied by Craig Terry and Maureen Zoltek, hosted by Colin Ure.
To listen to "Music for the Holidays" please click on the following link: Ryan Opera Center Recital Series and select the program.
WFMT Recital Series
Duo Recital with Julie Miller and Will Liverman
The fourth program of the Ryan Opera Center's 2014-15 98.7WFMT Recital Series features Julie Miller and Will Liverman, accompanied by Craig Terry and Maureen Zoltek, and hosted by Colin Ure.
WFMT Recital Series
The fifth program of the Ryan Opera Center's 2014-15 98.7WFMT Recital Series features Anthony Clark Evans, Richard Ollarsaba, and Alumna Angela Mannino, accompanied by Craig Terry and Maureen Zoltek, and hosted by Colin Ure.
To listen to "Voices of the Persecuted" please click on the following link: Ryan Opera Center Recital Series and select the program.