2011-2012 Roster of Singers for The Patrick G and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Announced - Lyric Opera of Chicago

2011-2012 Roster of Singers for The Patrick G and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Announced

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For Immediate Release:
Friday, September 17, 2010

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Announces the 2011-2012 Roster of Singers
for
The Patrick G and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center
Six talented young singers join seven second- and third-year ensemble members

 

Gianna Rolandi, director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, is pleased to announce that sopranos Emily Birsan and Kiri Deonarine, mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall, tenor Bernard Holcomb, baritone Joseph Lim, and bass-baritone David Govertsen have been accepted into the prestigious program beginning in May 2011.

 The new singers will join current Ryan Opera Center soprano Jennifer Jakob, mezzo-soprano Emily Fons, tenors René Barbera and James Kryshak, baritones Paul La Rosa and Paul Scholten, and bass-baritone Evan Boyer to make up the Ryan Opera Center’s 2011-2012 artistic roster. The 2011-2012 ensemble members are natives of Germany, Illinois, Kentucky, Korea, Michigan (2), New Jersey (2), New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin (2).

Current Ryan Opera Center members who will depart after the 2010-2011 season are soprano Amanda Majeski, mezzo-soprano Katherine Lerner, and bass-baritones Sam Handley and Craig Irvin.

Each year The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, the professional artist-development program of Lyric Opera of Chicago, selects gifted young singers from some 400 applicants. Soon after arriving at Lyric in May, incoming Ryan Opera Center members begin an intensive full-year residency under the guidance of Gianna Rolandi and numerous other opera professionals. Coaching sessions and master classes are augmented by performance and understudy experience in productions mounted by Lyric Opera of Chicago, including the eight operas of Lyric’s regular season. (Until September 2006, the program was known as the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists.)

 The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago  2011-2012 Ensemble

Sopranos

Emily Birsan, Neenah, Wisconsin (1st year)

Kiri Deonarine, Fair Lawn, New Jersey (1st year)

Jennifer Jakob, Kempten, Germany (2nd year)

 

Mezzo-Sopranos

Emily Fons, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2nd year)

Cecelia Hall, Durham, North Carolina (1st year)

 

Tenors

René Barbera, San Antonio, Texas (3rd year)

Bernard Holcomb, Detroit, Michigan (1st year)

James Kryshak, Baldwinsville, New York (2nd year)

 

Baritones

Paul La Rosa, Union, New Jersey (3rd year)

Joseph Lim, Seoul, Korea (1st year)

Paul Scholten, Muskegon, Michigan (2nd year)

 

Bass-Baritones

Evan Boyer, Louisville, Kentucky (2nd year)

David Govertsen, Wheaton, Illinois (1st year)

 

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