Opera, Singing, Chorus & Stage Auditions - 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 associate artistic administrator or email soloaud@lyricopera.org with requests for an audition.



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

Assistant Principal Cello: preliminary auditions in July of 2015, with Finals and possible Semi-Finals in September. More information here.

Section Viola (2 positions):  preliminary auditions in October of 2015, with Finals and possible Semi-Finals in November. 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



Auditions for the 2015-16 season have concluded, and we are no longer accepting submissions. The audition announcement regarding the 2016-17 Season should be posted in Winter, 2015.



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.



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


Lyric Unlimited

Lyric Unlimited, a division of Lyric Opera of Chicago, is currently casting singers for Second Nature. This is a newly commissioned children’s opera with music and libretto by Matthew Aucoin.

The auditions will be held at Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago on Sunday May 3, 2015. To be considered for an audition, please send a résumé and headshot with Second Nature in the subject line via email toLyricUnlimitedAud@lyricopera.org. For more information, please see the audition notice.

Your information will be evaluated by Lyric Unlimited and appointments will be made for qualified candidates. Not all applicants will be asked to audition. Notification will be sent via email.

Preliminary Auditions for the 2016-2017 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

All applicants must submit a completed application form and audition video consisting of two contrasting arias. Videos may not include excerpts from staged performances. Videos must be uploaded to the Internet (we suggest YouTube) and applicants must include a link to their video in their application form. DVDs and emailed video files will not be accepted.


1. Click here to download the application form with complete instructions (.doc file).

2. After downloading, please fill in all of the requested information and save as a Word file (.doc).

3. Email application form including link to audition video to RyanCenter@lyricopera.org.

Applicants will be notified via email if invited to a live audition. Applicants who accept our invitation to a live audition must pay an audition fee of $30 within two weeks of notification or withdraw in writing.


Timetable in 2015:


City Application
March 3 New York City January 15 February 1 February 15
May 18 &
July 18
Chicago March 15 April 1 April 15



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


Preliminary Auditions for the Ryan Opera Center Pianist

Thank you for your interest in the Ryan Opera Center Pianist position. The Ryan Opera Center is not currently accepting applications from pianists; please check for openings next year.


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