Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Lyric Opera of Chicago. Here you will find current audition opportunities across the company.

Singers and instrumentalists wishing to receive audition information from Lyric Opera of Chicago or The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center may contact the appropriate administrators as follows:

Solo Artists

Lyric grants auditions for principal roles to professional opera singers on an invitation-only basis. The artist's management should contact Lyric's Artistic Administrator or email with requests for an audition.



There are currently no upcoming orchestra auditions.

If you are interested in being considered for Lyric Opera of Chicago's "substitute" musicians list, you may send your résumé at any time.

If you would like to be considered as a substitute musician, or would like more information regarding the open position(s) within the orchestra, please email with inquiries.


Music Staff

Lyric Opera of Chicago's music staff consists of cover conductors, répétiteurs, and prompters. If you you like to be considered for a position on Lyric Opera's music staff, please email your résumé and references to If you are interested in cover conducting and have conducting reels available to you, please be sure to include them.

Alternate contact information is: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music Staff Auditions, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Ste. 860, Chicago, IL 60606


Musical Theater

The application period for musical theater ensemble auditions has concluded. Please check back in Fall 2020 for information about future auditions.


Lyric Opera Chorus Auditions

Lyric Opera of Chicago will be holding Chorus Auditions for the 2020-21 season in March, 2020. (20 N Wacker Drive, Chicago) on the following dates:

Preliminary Auditions:

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020 5:00-8:00pm
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:00-8:00pm
  • Friday, March 6, 2020 1:00-3:00pm & 4:00-8:00pm
  • Saturday, March 7, 2020 11:00am -2:00pm & 3:00-6:00pm (callback auditions)

View the brochure


Seasonal Artists

Some productions may require individuals with special talents to perform on stage, including:

  • Ballet

  • Children's Chorus

  • Supernumeraries ("extras")

  • Actors

Auditions for these roles are conducted on an "as needed" basis only; to find out about current/upcoming opportunities, please call the Audition Hotline at 312.827.3548.


Ballet Auditions

There are currently no upcoming ballet auditions. Future ballet audition opportunities will be posted here when announced.


Supernumerary Auditions

To obtain an information packet about becoming a supernumerary at Lyric Opera of Chicago, please send your information to Bill Walters, super captain, at For additional information, please call the Supernumerary Hotline at 312.827.3538.


Lyric Unlimited

Lyric Unlimited auditions have concluded. Future audition opportunities will be posted here when announced.


Ryan Opera Center

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is not currently accepting applications. Learn more here. 

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