The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center - 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 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.

  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:

Duo Recital with Tracy Cantin and John Irvin
April 6 at 6:00pm
April 12 at 11:00pm

 

Audio

Go to Audio tab (above left) to hear previously broadcast programs.

 

Video

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 

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

Julia Faulkner
Gianna Rolandi
W. Stephen Smith

Coaching Staff

Alan Darling
Laurann Gilley
Philip Morehead
Celeste Rue
Eric Weimer
Pedro Yanez 

Guest Master Artists

Stephanie Blythe
Johan Botha
William Burden
Sir Andrew Davis
Matthew A. Epstein
Asher Fisch
Renée Fleming
Kathleen Kelly
Ana María Martínez
Gerald Martin Moore
Sondra Radvanovsky
Peter Rose
Bo Skovhus
Anne Sofie von Otter

Foreign Language Instruction

Derek Matson
Marina Vecci
Claudia Vining
Alessandra Visconti
Eric Weimer

Acting and Movement Instruction

Erik Friedman
Anne Libera
Matthew Ozawa
Danny Pelzig
August Tye

Guest Lecturer and Consultant

Roger Pines

Ryan Opera Center Artistic/Production Personnel

Conductors

Michael Christie
Carrie-Ann Matheson

Directors

Matthew Ozawa
Paula Suozzi

Wigs and Makeup

Sarah Hatten

Stage Mangers

Peggy Stenger
Bill Walters

Wardrobe

Theresa Ham
Lucy Lindquist
Maureen Reilly

Video 

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.

 

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

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

Trio Recital

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.

 

WFMT Recital Series

Duo Recital with Tracy Cantin and John Irvin

The seventh program of the Ryan Opera Center's 2014-15 98.7WFMT Recital Series features Tracy Cantin and John Irvin, accompanied by Eric Weimer and Maureen Zoltek, and hosted by Colin Ure.

Join us in the Florian Opera Bistro for Pre-lecture dining. Then attend the pre-opera lecture. go.