Catch a Rising Star (or Several!)

Rising Stars

There’s nothing more exciting than to hear artists on their way to stardom. Lyric is giving you that chance on Saturday, March 26, when the artists of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center perform with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and conductor Michael Christieonstage at the Civic Opera House. While attendance at Rising Stars in Concert continues to be a benefit to donors of $75 and above, for the first time ever, subscribers and members of the public can purchase tickets and hear these talented artists on the cusp of their international careers!

The Ryan Opera Center is one of the most distinguished and respected professional-training programs for singers in the world. Its members are chosen from rigorous auditions, and they represent the crème de la crème of young talent.  For more than four decades, alumni of the program have been making an impressive contribution to opera nationally and internationally, starring regularly in all the major houses.    

Rising Stars in Concert 2016 is the culmination of all the work the program’s current Ensemble members have done throughout the past year as they’ve continued to hone their craft at Lyric. Think of all those hours of studying scores, coaching with the music staff, intense rehearsals, and, of course, performing on the Lyric stage! Ensemble members have all been inspired by many of the greatest singers, conductors, and directors in opera, working alongside them in Lyric’s productions. They’ve refined their technique, languages, musicianship, sense of style, acting ability — all the ingredients that go into creating memorable artistry. 

Now, at long last, the moment comes when these singers can appear onstage at Lyric in music that really shows them off! The concert promises to be musically and vocally spectacular, mixing familiar favorites (such as the Rosina/Figaro duet from The Barber of Seville) with infrequently encountered gems, whether comic (the “spinning quartet” from Flotow’s Martha, the baritone duet from Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto) or devastatingly dramatic (Blanche’s meeting with her brother from Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites). One of bel canto’s most exquisite ensembles will be heard, the soprano/mezzo/tenor trio from Le Comte Ory, and American opera will be memorably represented as well with the opening scene of Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men.

Those are just a few of the highlights — and for the first time, a member of the Ryan Opera Center will conduct the orchestra! Mario Antonio Marra, the current Ensemble’s pianist and apprentice coach, will take the Lyric podium to lead the stirring overture of Verdi’s Luisa Miller, a work performed at Lyric only once in company history, more than three decades ago.

For a minimum contribution of $75, you can see and hear the concert with seats (2) on the Main Floor. Click here or call 312-827-3500 to support Lyric!

Subscribers: Enjoy First Balcony seating for just $20 (front) and $10 (rear). We'll send you your promo code, and it's also available on your My Account page when you login at!

Public sales: Enjoy the concert in the First Balcony for $25 (front) or $15 (rear). 

Subscriber and public tickets may be purchased online or at 312-827-5600. 

Listen to the Broadcast! Rising Stars in Concert will be broadcast on 98.7WFMT and the day after the performance, Sunday, March 27, beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

Distinguished alumni of the Ryan Opera Center include:

René Barbera

“La donna è mobile” from Rigoletto
Rene Barbera

Nicole Cabell

“Quando m’en vo” (Musetta’s Waltz) from La bohème

Nicole Cabel

Elizabeth DeShong

Complete performance of Lucrezia Borgia (Orsini’s drinking song, “Il segreto per esser felici,” begins at 1:37:49)

Elizabeth De Shong

Quinn Kelsey

“Nemico della patria” from Andrea Chénier

Quinn Kelsey

Amanda Majeski

Portion of “Porgi amor” from The Marriage of Figaro

Amanda Majeski

Susanna Phillips

Fauré’s “Nell”

 Susanna Phillips

Matthew Polenzani

“Una furtiva lagrima” from L’elisir d’amore

Matthew Polenzani

Christian Van Horn

“Se vuol ballare” from The Marriage of Figaro

Christian Van Horn

Amber Wagner

“Libera me” from the Verdi Requiem

Amber Wagner

Rising Stars in Concert is generously sponsored by:

Lead Sponsor: Donna Van Eekeren Foundation

Sponsors: Ann M. Drake, Don and Abby FunkSue and Melvin Gray, Howard Family Foundation, Patricia A. Kenney and Gregory J. O'Leary, Susan and Richard P. Kiphart, Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation, Frank B. Modruson and Lynne C. Shigley, and OptumRx

Rising Stars in Concert Broadcast is sponsored by the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation

Rising Stars in Concert Reception is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Allan Drebin

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