Ryan Opera Center Recital Series
For Immediate Release:
October 4, 2013
The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera
Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Recital Series resumes on 98.7WFMT Monday,
With the generous support of Julie
and Roger Baskes, the Ryan Opera Center starts the second season of
its exciting monthly recital series, broadcast on 98.7WFMT and
For the second year in a row, members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of
Chicago will be featured in a broadcast recital series on radio station 98.7WFMT starting Monday, October 7.
The one-hour broadcasts will be heard the first Monday of the month at 6 pm,
with a repeat broadcast the following Sunday at 11 pm. The recital series will
also be streamed on www.wfmt.com.
Each program will be performed by current members of the
Ryan Opera Center, with occasional appearances by alumni and other guest
artists, singing various styles of music from a wide range of composers and
eras relating to a central theme. They will be accompanied by Ryan Opera Center
music director Craig Terry (who also
oversees the repertoire selections), pianists Alan Darling and Eric Weimer,
and apprentice coach Maureen Zoltek.
The program host is Colin Ure.
of current Ryan Opera Center singers is: sopranos Emily Birsan, Tracy Cantin,
and Laura Wilde; mezzo-sopranos J’nai Bridges and Julie Anne Miller; tenors Adam
Bonanni and John Irvin;
baritones Anthony Clark Evans and Will Liverman; and bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba.
There will be nine unique recitals, each with a different
theme. Following the nine monthly broadcasts, three of the recitals will be
rebroadcast in July, August, and September to complete the twelve-month series.
The first four
recitals to be aired are:
|“Operatic Characters in Song”
||Mon., Oct. 7, 6 pm
||Rebroadcast Sun., Oct. 13, 11 pm
||Mon., Nov. 4, 6 pm
||Rebroadcast Sun., Nov. 10, 11 pm
|“Music for the Festive Season”
||Mon., Dec. 2, 6 pm
||Rebroadcast Sun., Dec. 8, 11 pm
||Mon., Jan. 6, 6 pm
||Rebroadcast Sun., Jan. 12, 11 pm
the remaining recital programs will be announced at a later date. Planned themes
include “Love Songs,” “Liederabend,” and “Spring.”
Opera Center Recital Series on WFMT is an incredible opportunity for our
ensemble members to be heard both locally and internationally via web streaming
in a wide variety of repertoire encompassing opera, song, and musical theater,”
says Dan Novak, director of the Ryan
Opera Center. “Ours is the only professional-development program in the country
to provide such a high-profile showcase for its singers, and we’re deeply
indebted to Julie and Roger Baskes
for making it possible.” Julie Baskes is
president of the Ryan Opera Center Board and is an executive committee member
of Lyric’s Board of Directors.
Colin Ure, host for The
Ryan Opera Center Recital Series, is a freelance dramaturg based in
Chicago. The producer of the series is Carolyn
Paulin, a program host and producer for 98.7WFMT since 2001. Christopher
Willis is the music producer. Steve Robinson is the executive
Each year The Patrick G. and
Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, the professional artist-development program
of Lyric Opera of Chicago, selects
gifted singers from some 400 applicants.
after arriving at Lyric in May, incoming Ryan Opera Center members begin an
intensive full-year residency under the guidance of director Dan Novak, music director Craig Terry, 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 all of the operas of Lyric’s regular 2013-14 season. (Until
September 2006, the program was known as the Lyric Opera Center for American
The Ryan Opera Center Recital Series
is generously sponsored by Julie and Roger Baskes.