Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera Announces 2012-2013 Roster of Singers for the Ryan Opera Center

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Announces the 2012-2013 Roster of Singers for
The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center
Four 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 soprano Tracy Cantin, mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges, tenor John Irvin, and baritone Will Liverman have been accepted into the prestigious program beginning in May 2012.

The new singers will join current Ryan Opera Center sopranos Emily Birsan and Kiri Deonarine, mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall, tenor Bernard Holcomb, baritone Joseph Lim, bass-baritone David Govertsen, and bass Evan Boyer to make up the Ryan Opera Center’s 2012-2013 artistic roster. The 2012-2013 ensemble members are natives of Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Korea, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Prince Edward Island (Canada), Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Current Ryan Opera Center members who will complete their tenure in the program and depart after the 2011-2012 season are soprano Jennifer Jakob, mezzo-soprano Emily Fons, tenors René Barbera and James Kryshak, and baritones Paul La Rosa and Paul Scholten.

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
2012-2013 Ensemble  


Emily Birsan, Neenah, Wisconsin (2nd year)
Tracy Cantin, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada (1st year)
Kiri Deonarine, Fair Lawn, New Jersey (2nd year)

J’nai Bridges, Lakewood, Washington (1st year)
Cecelia Hall, Durham, North Carolina (2nd year)

Bernard Holcomb, Detroit, Michigan (2nd year)
John Irvin, Atlanta, Georgia (1st year)

Joseph Lim, Seoul, Korea (2nd year)
Will Liverman, Virginia Beach, Virginia (1st year)

David Govertsen, Wheaton, Illinois (2nd year)

Evan Boyer, Louisville, Kentucky (3rd year)