Ryan Opera Center's members all over the map
For Immediate Release:
July 2, 2013
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera
current & former members are all
over the map this summer!
Several alumni and current
ensemble members of The Patrick G. and
Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago are featured artists
at music festivals at home and around the globe this summer. Herewith, some
recent and upcoming highlights, with current ensemble members noted by *.
Make Music Chicago:
Julie Anne Miller*
and Anthony Clark Evans* performed
as part of the grand-finale concert, St. James Cathedral, June 21, 5:30pm.
The Second City Guide to the Opera:
and Bernard Holcomb with ensemble
members from The Second City in opera-inspired cabaret-style sketch-comedy
revue, onstage at the Civic Opera House through June 30.
J’nai Bridges*, Julie Anne Miller*, Adam
Bonanni*, Anthony Clark Evans*,
and Richard Ollarsaba* join Ensemble
Dal Niente and actors from Writers’ Theatre for Bernstein’s setting of American
poems, Songfest,in a world-premiere chamber arrangement by Alexander Platt, who
will also conduct the performance. In the same concert Emily Birsan* performs Elliott Carter’s song cycle, A Mirror on Which to Dwell. Thurs., July 4, 2pm, Martin Theatre.
Nicole Cabell performs
songs by Ricky Ian Gordon based on poems by Langston Hughes, with the composer
at the piano, July 30, 8pm, Martin
GrantPark Music Festival:
Erin Wall, Britten’s War Requiem, Fri., June 28, 6:30pm and
Sat., June 29, 7:30pm,Pritzker Pavilion
Emily Birsan*, Julie Anne
Miller*, John Irvin*, Adam Bonanni*, and Richard Ollarsaba*, Schubert’s Mass
in E Flat Major, Fri., Aug. 9,
6:30pm and Sat., Aug. 10, 7:30pm,
Rush Hour Concerts:
J’nai Bridges, John Irvin*, and Will Liverman* perform “Lyric Shorts: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville,” Tue., July 30, 5:45pm, broadcast live on
98.7WFMT/ WFMT.com, St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron @Wabash.
Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park:
Anthony Clark Evans*, and Evan Boyer
are among the soloists for the free concert Sat., Sept. 7, also broadcast live on 98.7WFMT/ WFMT.com.
Wolf Trap Opera, Vienna, Virginia:
/Madame Cortese, Il viaggio a Reims, June 21-29.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis:
Arwady/Kathy Hagen, Champion (world
premiere by Terence Blanchard & Michael Christofer),through June 30.
San Francisco Opera:
Hoffmann, Christian Van Horn/Four Villains, The Tales of Hoffmann through July 6; Maria Kanyova/Miriam, Stacey
Tappan/Seeker, Girl, Brian Leerhuber/Policeman,
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (world
premiere by Mark Adamo) through July 7.
Des Moines Metro Opera, Iowa:
title role, Peter Grimes, June 22-July 13.
Central City Opera, Colorado:
Almaviva, The Barber of Seville, June 29-July 17.
Castleton Festival, Virginia:
Paul La Rosa/Jack
Rance, The Girl of the Golden West, July 6-21.
The Santa Fe Opera:
Phillips/Countess, Emily Fons/Cherubino,The
Marriage of Figaro, June 29-Aug. 23; René Barbera/Rodrigo di Dhu, Wayne Tigges/Douglas d'Angus, La donna
del lago, July 17-Aug. 14.
Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Colorado:
Phillips with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, July 12.
Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown, New York:
Chuchman/Guenevere, Camelot, July 13-Aug. 23.
Tanglewood Festival, Lenox, Massachusetts:
Die Walküre, Act 3, Boston Symphony
Orchestraconcert performance, July 20; Erin Wall, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Aug. 25.
Aspen Music Festival, Colorado:
Phillips/Ellen Orford, Meredith
Arwady/Auntie, Peter Grimes semi-staged
concert performance, July 27.
Seattle Opera, Washington:
Rossweisse, Ring cycle, Aug. 4-25.
Opera North, Lebanon, New Hampshire:
/title role, Scott Ramsay/Edgardo, Lucia
di Lammermoor, Aug. 6-16.
Teatro Real, Madrid, Spain:
Tamino, Die Zauberflöte, through
Oper Frankfurt, Germany:
de Montfort, Les Vêpres Siciliennes, through July 6.
Opernhaus Zürich, Switzerland:
title role, Rigoletto, through July 13.
Glyndebourne Festival, England:
Ariadne auf Naxos, throughJuly 11; Amanda Majeski/Countess, Le nozze di Figaro, through
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London:
Flamand, Capriccio (concert version), July
Sydney Symphony, Australia:
July 10, 12, 13.
Salzburg Festival, Austria:
Irene, Rienzi concert performances, Aug.
Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London:
The Midsummer Marriage, cond. Sir
Andrew Davis, Aug. 16.
Dresden Semperoper, Germany:
Senta, Die fliegende Höllander, through Aug. 31.
Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland:
, Verdi Requiem, Aug. 31.
RECENT PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS:
Streetcar Named Desire, Virginia Opera, February-March, Lyric Opera of
Chicago, April (Student Night at the Opera).
Stella, A Streetcar Named Desire, Carnegie Hall and Lyric Opera of Chicago,
Clorinda, La Cenerentola at LA Opera, March-April.
Giovanni, Madison Opera, April.
nozze di Figaro, Arizona Opera, April; Donna Anna, Don Giovanni, Bayerische Staatsoper, May; Mahler Second Symphony, Houston Symphony, May;
Mahler Eighth Symphony, Frankfurt
Sinfonie Orchester, May;Britten War Requiem European tour with City of
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, May-June.
Duke, Rigoletto, Vienna Staatsoper, April; soloist, A Child of Our Time, Berlin Philharmonic, April.
and John Irvin*, Beethoven’s Ninth
Symphony, Melbourne Symphony
Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, April.
in Egitto, New York City Opera, April.
/Aspern, The Aspern Papers, Dallas Opera, April.
/Prince Metternich, L’Aiglon, Opéra de Lausanne, April,
Opéra de Tours, May.
/Tonio, The Daughter of the Regiment, Ft. Worth Opera, April-May.
title role, Ariadne auf Naxos, Ft. Worth Opera, May.
auf Naxos, Ft. Worth Opera, May.
Paul La Rosa
Lyric Opera of Chicago, May.
1st Nazarene, Evan Boyer/1st Soldier, Salome, April-May; Evan
Boyer/2nd Commissioner,Dialogues of the Carmelites, Canadian
Opera Company, May.
1st Norn, Götterdämmerung, Metropolitan Opera, April-May; Martha, The Gospel According to the Other Mary,
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, June.
/Guglielmo, Le Villi, Spoleto Festival USA, May-June.
/Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni, Cincinnati Opera, June.
Additionally, Ryan Opera Center music director Craig Terry, an accomplished pianist
who frequently partners with renowned singers, had the following recent
engagements: “Celebration: Stephanie Blythe meets Kate Smith,” Live from Lincoln Center on PBS in April
and recitals in Dayton, Ohio, and Potsdam, New York, in May; and “Diva on
Detour” with Patricia Racette, Martin Theatre at Ravinia Festival, June 22.
J’nai Bridges*, and Cecelia Hall were awarded first, second
and third prize, respectively, in the Musicians Club of Women Competition.
received a 2013 Sara Tucker Study Grant.
Anthony Clark Evans*
was the top winner in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Vocal
first prize in women’s voice in the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation
the 2012-2013 Lyric season current Ryan Opera Center members sang 31 roles and understudied
39 roles; alumni members sang 16 roles and understudied five roles.
the 2013-2014 Lyric season current Ryan Opera Center members are scheduled to
sing 33 roles and understudy 43 roles; alumni are scheduled to sing 12 roles and
understudy four roles.
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 the program’s director Dan Novak,
music director Craig Terry, vocal
consultant 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 operas of Lyric’s regular season.