The Work Continues How our Ryan Opera Center Ensemble is continuing their training from home

Artists around the world are finding innovative ways to continue their craft and spark creativity in the new age of "working from home." Members of Lyric's Ryan Opera Center Ensemble are doing the same. From voice lessons and coachings via Zoom with our Director of Vocal Studies Julia Faulkner and Music Director Craig Terry, to memorization and language study, they are hard at work training and preparing for upcoming roles.

During this time, our artists have also found new and exciting ways to collaborate and share their gifts with the world. Through an online video series — Ryan Opera Center From Home — Ensemble members record themselves singing along to a prerecorded piano track. In the end, we are able to bring together one or more artists while still staying safely at home. Here are the videos from this fun series:

Ryan Opera Center From Home: "Ciribiribin"

Soprano Emily Pogorelc and mezzo-sopranos Kayleigh Decker and Kathleen Felty perform "Ciribiribin" with Music Director Craig Terry on piano.

Ryan Opera Center From Home: "Liebestod"

Pianist Madeline Slettedahl performs the Liszt transcription of "Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde (Wagner).

Ryan Opera Center From Home: "Boum"

Pianist Madeline Slettedahl and mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker perform Charles Trenet's "Boum."

Ryan Opera Center From Home: "Italian Street Song"

Soprano Emily Pogorelc, pianist Craig Terry, and The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble and staff perform "Italian Street Song" from Victor Herbert’s Naughty Marietta.

Ryan Opera Center From Home: "Beautiful Dreamer"

Recent alums tenor Mario Rojas and pianist Madeline Slettedahl perform Stephen Foster's beloved song "Beautiful Dreamer."

Ryan Opera Center From Home: "Let me Call You Sweetheart"

Keep the love-light glowing with this song by Leo Friedman with lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson, performed by recent alumna Kayleigh Decker and Ryan Opera Center Music Director Craig Terry.

Ryan Opera Center From Home: "My Buddy"

While they've only just left The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, we already miss our buddies Madeline Slettedahl and Emily Pogorelc. Watch this talented duo of alums perform "My Buddy"— a song originally made popular by Al Jolson, Count Basie, Rosemary Clooney, and more.

Ryan Opera Center From Home: Artist Profiles

Ryan Opera Center From Home: Anthony Reed

Bass Anthony Reed is a first-year member of the Ryan Opera Center. Here, he shares his own experience of training at home due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Ryan Opera Center From Home: Kayleigh Decker

Mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker just completed her second and final year in The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. Keep reading to see how Kayleigh has continued to work from home during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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Ryan Opera Center From Home: Madeline Slettedahl

For the past three years Madeline Slettedahl was the only pianist Ensemble member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. Keep reading to see how Madeline continued to work from home while following Chicago's stay at home order.

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