The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Sponsorship - Lyric Opera of Chicago

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

Play a vital role in opera’s future by supporting the Ryan Opera Center.  Your gift helps offset the expense of maintaining the high quality of Lyric’s stellar professional artist-development program.  For more information about sponsorship opportunities and special accompanying benefits, please contact Lawrence DelPilar, Deputy Director of Development, at 312.827.5653 or


2014/15 Season Sponsorship Opportunities Available


• Ryan Opera Center Distinguished Benefactor 
Distinguished Benefactors receive special recognition and benefits, including an invitation to attend an Appreciation Luncheon with current Ensemble members, Ryan Opera Center Board, and Lyric leadership.     
• Cosponsorship of Rising Stars in Concert 
Celebrate the Ryan Opera Center artists as they perform operatic arias and ensembles with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra on Saturday evening, March 21, 2015. Rising Stars in Concert is the culminating event in the residency of the 2014/15 Ensemble.  A festive reception follows the concert.

Guest Master Artist 
Support the visits of international opera stars as they work intensively with members of the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble. Stephanie Blythe will be one of the Guest Master Artists during the 2014/15 season, sharing professional experiences from a successful career on the world’s opera stages.             

• Voice Instruction Cosponsors 
The Voice Instruction program is centered on the comprehensive, year-long instruction from a select group of voice teachers, supplemented by work with Guest Master Teachers, including Ryan Opera Center Adviser Renée Fleming. This essential work on the development of vocal skills and technique is one of the core elements of the singers’ training.

• Foreign Language Instruction 
Underwrite training of Italian, French, German, Russian, and other languages to best prepare the artists to perform an international repertoire of opera.  The Ryan Opera Center aims to enhance training by offering weekly individual instruction.

• Acting/Movement Sponsor
Underwrite classes in acting, movement, and improvisation, including those with instructors from The Second City comedy ensemble.

• Mentors
Provide funds to support the highest caliber of professional training and promotional assistance for the Ensemble at this critical stage of their career development. Mentors are invited to attend an Appreciation Luncheon with current Ensemble members, Ryan Opera Center Board, and Lyric leadership.

• Launchpad 
A fund supporting critical elements required to best promote the artists and launch their careers. Support includes underwriting of new headshots for the artists, individual website enhancements, and audio recordings 


• Duds for Divas/Divos 
A fund for artists to purchase professional performance attire for recitals and concerts. 


• General Support of the Ryan Opera Center
We welcome gifts of any amount which are essential to maintaining the Ryan Opera Center’s standing  as one of the finest artist-development programs in the world.  When making your annual gift to Lyric, consider designating it for the Ryan Opera Center.

2014/15 Season Sponsorship Opportunities Fulfilled!
  • Artistic Coaching
  • Final Auditions
  • Master Classes
  • National Auditions
  • Rising Stars in Concert Broadcast Sponsor
  • Rising Stars in Concert Lead Sponsor
  • Singer Sponsorships/Cosponsorships
  • WFMT Recital Series
  • Workshop Performances




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