Lyric Opera Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Lyric Opera of Chicago. Here you will find current audition opportunities across the company.

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 Artistic Administrator or email with requests for an audition.


There are no orchestra auditions currently scheduled.

If you are interested in being considered for Lyric Opera of Chicago's "substitute" musicians list, you may send your résumé at any time.

If you would like to be considered as a substitute musician, or would like more information regarding the open position(s) within the orchestra, please email with inquiries.

Music staff

Lyric Opera of Chicago's music staff consists of cover conductors, répétiteurs, and prompters. If you you like to be considered for a position on Lyric Opera's music staff, please email your résumé and references to If you are interested in cover conducting and have conducting reels available to you, please be sure to include them.

Alternate contact information is:
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Music Staff Auditions
20 N. Wacker Drive, Ste. 860
Chicago, IL 60606

Musical theater

There are no musical theater auditions currently scheduled.


Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions for experienced, classically trained singers in all voice categories who seek positions in the company's choral ensemble, under the direction of Chorus Master Michael Black. Available positions are in Lyric's 2021/22 season productions of Tosca, conducted by Eun Sun Kim; Beethoven's 9th Symphony, conducted by Lyric's celebrated former Music Director Sir Andrew Davis; and Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons's opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on Charles M. Blow's widely acclaimed memoir. Singers of color are strongly encouraged to attend.


Production period

Music rehearsals will begin no earlier than February 14, 2022. Performances take place in March and April, 2022.


Auditions at Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 11, 2021, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 13, 2021, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Auditions are by invitation only

Please ensure materials are received no later than 5:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, November 1, 2021.

For audition consideration, singers must submit to

  • Current résumé
  • Headshot
  • Letter that states your first, second, and third preferences of audition dates
  • Contact information for two references of recognized musical authority with whom you have worked. Please ensure your references are notified that Lyric may contact them.
  • Prove United States citizenship; permanent residency; or possess, at the time or audition, legal permission to work in the United States of America during the rehearsal and performance period. 

Lyric Opera of Chicago employs a professional chorus under an AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) contract and pays competitive wages. You need not be a union member to audition.

Due to COVID-19, Lyric has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy. Applicant must show proof of vaccination in order to audition.


Lyric Opera audition hotline: 312.827.3548


Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to enhancing our diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. 

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.


Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold virtual auditions for solo dancers with significant stage experience for its upcoming production of Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Terence Blanchard, based on the book by Charles M. Blow.

Learn more

Ballet auditions

There are no ballet auditions currently scheduled. 

Supernumerary auditions

To obtain an information packet about becoming a supernumerary at Lyric Opera of Chicago, please send your information to Bill Walters, super captain, at

For additional information, please call the supernumerary hotline at 312.827.3538.

Lyric Unlimited auditions

There are no Lyric Unlimited auditions currently scheduled.

Ryan Opera Center auditions

Applications from singers for The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center 2022/23 Ensemble are now closed. For questions about the Ryan Opera Center's application and audition process, please contact Emma Scherer, Ryan Opera Center Manager,, 312-827-3510.

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