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:

Principal Bassoon: Preliminary auditions in January, with Finals and Possible Semi-Finals in February, 2018.

Assistant Principal Bass: Preliminary auditions in January, with Finals and Possible Semi-Finals in February, 2018.

Click here for more information about this opening. 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:

Musical Theater

Lyric Opera of Chicago is not holding auditions for the musical at this time.


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 2018-19 season; auditions will be held in early March of 2018, and are by invitation-only. Deadline for application is February 28nd, 2017 by 5:00pm CST.

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

Please click here to view our auditions brochure.

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.

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.

Ballet Auditions
Lyric Opera of Chicago will be holding dance auditions for the 2018/19 production of Cendrillon (Karine Girard, revival choreographer) on Saturday, March 31, 2018; to apply and register, please email your headshot and resume to no later than Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 5:00pm CDT.

For further information, see our press release, here.

Lyric Unlimited

There are no current audition opportunities for Lyric Unlimited.

Ryan Opera Center

Thank you for your interest in The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. Please note that we are not currently accepting applications.

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