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.



Current opening: English Horn/Assistant Principal Oboe

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

West Side Story auditions have concluded. Audition opportunities for future musical theater performances will be posted here when announced.


Lyric Opera Chorus Auditions

Lyric Opera of Chicago is currently accepting audition applications from experienced, classically trained singers who are seeking professional positions in the company's choral ensemble for the 2019/20 season; auditions will be held in Chicago on May 29, 2019 and in New York on June 2 and 3, 2019, and are by invitation-only. Deadline for application is May 24, 2019 by 5:00pm CST.

To inquire about auditions and to apply, please submit headshot and resume to

Please click here to view our audition flyer.


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

Ballet auditions for the 2018/19 Season have concluded. 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 now accepting applications from emerging singers and collaborative pianists for the 2020/21 Ensemble. Click here for complete audition information. Applications are free and must be submitted via YAP Tracker. If you do not have a YAP Tracker account, register for free at

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