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 soloaud@lyricopera.org with requests for an audition.

Orchestra

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

Section Horn: preliminary auditions in January of 2016, with Finals and Possible Semi-Finals in February 2016.

More information here.

For instructions on how to apply and more information regarding these positions, please email orchaud@lyricopera.org 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: orchaud@lyricopera.org.

American Musical Theater Initiative

Lyric Opera of Chicago will be holding invitation-only auditions in New York City for highly qualified male dancers in consideration for the 2015/16 Season production of The King and I on Thursday, January 28, 2015.

Please submit headshot and resume to balletaud@lyricopera.org to apply, and see our press release for more information.

Chorus

Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions in March 2016 for experienced, classically trained singers who are seeking professional positions in the company’s choral ensemble for the 2016/17 season. Several highly competitive Regular Chorus positions will be awarded from General Chorus Auditions this year.

For more information, please email choraud@lyricopera.org. Please also see our press release, here.

To apply, submit a cover letter that states your first, second, and third choices for audition dates, along with a current résumé, a headshot, and contact information for two references of recognized musical authority with whom you have worked. You may submit electronically via email attachment to choraud@lyricopera.org

OR by mail:

Chorus Auditions Coordinator
Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 860
Chicago, IL 60606

Deadline for application is February 26 at 5:00pm CST

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 no current audition opportunities for dancers interested in the 2015-16 Season.

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

Actors
There are no current audition opportunities for the 2015-16 season.

Lyric Unlimited

There are no current audition opportunities for the 2015-16 season.

Ryan Opera Center

Information for Singers

All applicants must submit a completed application form and audition video(s) consisting of two contrasting arias. Upload your audition video to the Internet (we suggest YouTube) and be sure to include a link to your video in the designated field in the form. Videos must consist of two contrasting operatic arias, filmed in a full shot (full body shot, piano does not need to be in the frame), set to public view, and may not include oratorio arias, art songs, or excerpts from performances. Both arias can be in one video or two separate videos. DVDs and emailed video files will not be accepted. Please write to RyanCenter@lyricopera.org should you need assistance uploading your video.

1. Please read through and fill in all of the requested information and submit your application by February 12, 2016.
2. Click here to proceed to the Google Form application with complete instructions.


 Information for Pianists


1. Please read through and fill in all of the requested information and submit your application by February 12, 2016.
2. Click here to proceed to the Google Form application with complete instructions.


Timetable in 2016

Auditions:
April 1 and 2, 2016 in New York City
May 18 and 19, 2016 in Chicago
July 22 and 23, 2016 in Chicago

Select applicants will be invited to a live audition via email by March 1, 2016. Those who accept our invitation to a live audition will need to pay an audition fee of $30 by March 18, 2016 or withdraw in writing.

The Final Auditions will take place in September 2016 at a date to be announced. All invitations for the Final Auditions will be made by August 15, 2016.

All audition dates are subject to change.
 

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer/program.

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
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