The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center - Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

   

**PLEASE NOTE: For 2015/16 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.

  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 2013-2014 Ensemble

 

Sopranos Mezzo-sopranos

Emily Birsan

 

Tracy Cantin

 

Laura Wilde

 

 

J'nai Bridges

 

Julie Anne Miller

 

 

Tenors       Baritones    

Adam Bonanni

 

John Irvin

 

 

 

Anthony Clark Evans

 

Will Liverman

 

 

 

Bass-baritone   Apprentice Coach

Richard Ollarsaba

Richard Ollarsaba  

 

  Maureen Zoltek

 Maureen Zoltek

 

98.7WFMT and wfmt.com Recital Series

Generously sponsored by Julie and Roger Baskes.

Upcoming broadcast schedule:

"America" May 5 at 6:00pm
Rebroadcast on May 11 at 11:00pm

"Music Inspired by The Trojan Wars" June 2 at 6:00pm
Rebroadcast on June 8 at 11:00pm

 

Go to Audio tab to hear previously broadcast programs.

 

Preliminary Auditions for the 2015-2016 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Audition dates in 2014 (with application deadlines)

New York City

March 12, 13 & 14
(February 7)

Chicago

May 12, 21 & 22
(April 4)

June 29 & 30
(May 23)

July 24, 25, 27 & 28
(June 13)

Click here for application information and instructions.

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

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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

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
Alessandro Corbelli
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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Audio

Lyric Mainstage Experience

Evan Boyer

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

WFMT Recital Series

Operatic Characters in Song

"Operatic Characters in Song" features Tracy Cantin, Laura Wilde, J'nai Bridges, Julie Anne Miller, Anthony Clark Evans, and Will Liverman, accompanied by Craig Terry and Maureen Zoltek, hosted by Colin Ure.

WFMT Recital Series

Centenaries

"Centenaries" features Emily Birsan, Tracy Cantin, Laura Wilde, J'nai Bridges, Julie Anne Miller, Adam Bonanni, John Irvin, Anthony Clark Evans, Will Liverman, and Richard Ollarsaba, accompanied by Alan Darling and Craig Terry, hosted by Colin Ure.

WFMT Recital Series

Music For The Festive Season

"Music For The Festive Season" features Emily Birsan, Tracy Cantin, Laura Wilde, J'nai Bridges, Julie Anne Miller, John Irvin, Anthony Clark Evans, Will Liverman, and Richard Ollarsaba, accompanied by Will Liverman, Craig Terry, Eric Weimer, and Maureen Zoltek, hosted by Colin Ure.

WFMT Recital Series

Unknown Opera

"Unknown Opera" features Emily Birsan, Tracy Cantin, Laura Wilde, J'nai Bridges, Julie Anne Miller, Adam Bonanni, John Irvin, Anthony Clark Evans, Will Liverman, and Richard Ollarsaba, accompanied by Craig Terry, Eric Weimer, and Maureen Zoltek, hosted by Colin Ure.

WFMT Recital Series

Love Songs

"Love Songs" features 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.

WFMT Recital Series

Liederabend

"Liederabend" features Emily Birsan, Laura Wilde, J'nai Bridges, Julie Anne Miller, Adam Bonanni, John Irvin, Will Liverman, and Richard Ollarsaba, accompanied by Craig Terry and Maureen Zoltek, hosted by Colin Ure.

WFMT Recital Series

Spring

"Spring" features Emily Birsan, Tracy Cantin, J'nai Bridges, Julie Anne Miller, John Irvin, Anthony Clark Evans, Will Liverman, and Richard Ollarsaba, accompanied by Craig Terry and Maureen Zoltek, hosted by Colin Ure.