Auditions at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Lyric Opera of Chicago. You will find current audition opportunities at the bottom of this page. 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 Deputy Director of Artistic Planning or email with requests for an audition.


Lyric Opera of Chicago will be auditioning applicants for the following position: 

Section Violin: Preliminary auditions in January of 2017, with Finals and Possible Semi-Finals in February 2017.

More information here.

For instructions on how to apply, and more information regarding these positions, please email with inquiries.

Assistant Conductors/Music Staff

If you would like to be considered for an Assistant Conductor position, or as a "substitute" orchestra player, please forward a resume to: Music Administrator, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606; or via fax: (312) 419-0820; or via email:

American Musical Theater Initiative

There are no auditions currently announced for the 2016/17 Season Lyric Opera of Chicago American Musical Theater Initiative.


Auditions for the 2016/17 Season Chorus have concluded.

Seasonal Artists

Some productions may require individuals with special talents to perform on stage, including:
Children's Chorus
Supernumeraries ("extras")

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
Dance auditions for the 2016/17 Season have concluded.

Supernumerary Auditions
To obtain an information packet about becoming a supernumerary please send your information to Bill Walters, super captain, at For additional information, please call the Supernumerary Hotline at (312) 827-3538.

There are no current audition opportunities for the 2016/17 season.

Lyric Unlimited

There are no current audition opportunities for the 2016/17 season.

Ryan Opera Center

Thank you for your interest in The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Ensemble. Please check back in December 2016 when information regarding our 2018-2019 Ensemble auditions will be available.

The National Auditions are sponsored by
American Airlines
Official airline of Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is supported by
Illinois Arts Council National Endowment for the Arts