Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions

Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions

Upcoming Dates

Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions

Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions

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The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Join us for the full day, or come and go as you please:

Bass/Bass-baritones: 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Mezzo-sopranos/Contralto: 12:50 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.
Tenors: 1:35 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.
Intermission: 2:05 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Sopranos: 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Baritones: 4:10 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Performance: 5:20 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Announcement of 2018/19 Ensemble and "Audience Favorite" Award: 6:00 p.m.

Timing subject to change.

Performance by Mezzo-Soprano J’Nai Bridges, 2012-15 Ryan Opera Center Alumna

Master of Ceremonies Roger Pines

Complimentary refreshments will be provided during the midday break.

Additional beverages will be available for purchase in The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer.

Valet parking available.

Ardis Krainik Theatre
Lyric Opera House
Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N Wacker Dr Chicago, IL

Tickets are non-transferable. Inquiries call 312-827-5696.

Generous support for the Final Auditions is provided by:
Lead Sponsor Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
Sponsor The Cozad Family


Finalists' airfare is generously provided by American Airlines, Official Airline of Lyric Opera of Chicago

Join us as more than 20 finalists representing the nation’s finest singers vie for a spot in next season’s 2017/18 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble – plus, participate in the process yourself by voting for the singer you believe should receive the “Audience Favorite” Award.

Founded in 1974, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is celebrated as one of the world’s premier artist-development programs. 

Every year some 400 singers nationwide audition for a chance to be one of 10-15 members of each season’s Ensemble. These rising stars of tomorrow are in residence year-round for a complete curriculum that includes: 
  • Distinguished instruction in voice, language, acting and movement
  • Master classes and individual coachings with opera's leading artists, including Ryan Opera Center Advisor Renée Fleming and Lyric Opera Music Director Sir Andrew Davis

  • Performance opportunities throughout Chicagoland and on the Lyric Opera mainstage alongside today’s greatest opera singers.

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