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 positions: 

Section Violin: Preliminary auditions in January of 2017, with Finals and Possible Semi-Finals in February, 2017. Deadline to submit deposit and apply is December 28, 2016 (all materials received).

Bass-Trombone: Preliminary auditions in late February and early March, with Finals and Possible Semi-Finals in late March, 2017.

More information for both openings, 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

Lyric Opera of Chicago will be holding My Fair Lady Ensemble auditions for singers and dancers belonging to the American Guild of Musical Artists and Actors' Equity (not Equity Membership Candidates) at the following calls:

SINGERS: Preliminary auditions, Monday November 21, Callbacks on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (Audition Registration Deadline is November 16, 2016)

DANCERS: Preliminary auditions, Monday, November 28, Callbacks on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (Audition Registration Deadline is November 23, 2016)

Auditions are offered on an invitation-only, first come first serve basis, space permitting.

To be considered (or to inquire further), please submit your headshot and resume to, observing the above deadlines and indicating if you are a singer or a dancer. Late applicants will not be considered.

For more information, please see our press release, here.


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