Lyric Opera of Chicago

From Chicago to Santa Fe to Scotland – they’re everywhere!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

From Chicago to Santa Fe to Scotland – they’re everywhere!
Current & former members of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center
are all over the map this summer!

Several alumni and current ensemble members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago are featured artists at music festivals at home and around the globe this summer.

Chicago area:

  • Make Music Chicago: tenor Bernard Holcomb and baritone Joseph Lim, live-broadcast performance on 98.7WFMT during the evening grand-finale concert, St. James Cathedral. June 21. 
  • Ravinia Festival, Highland Park: soprano Kiri Deonarine, live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor June 25; Rodell Rosel/Spoletta, Tosca concert performance. July 30. 
  • Grant Park Music Festival: Full Ryan Opera Center ensemble, scenes from Donizetti, Mozart, and Rossini, Aug. 5-6; Amber Wagner/soprano soloist, Verdi Requiem. Aug. 19-20.  


  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: Maria Kanyova/Donna Anna, Kathryn Leemhuis/Zerlina, David Portillo/Don Ottavio, Levi Hernandez/Leporello in Don Giovanni; René Barbera/Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment; Paul La Rosa/Officer, Rambo in The Death of Klinghoffer. Through June 26. 
  • San Francisco Opera: Stacey Tappan/Woglinde, Forest Bird; Lauren McNeese/Wellgunde, Rossweisse; David Cangelosi/Mime, Ring Cycle. Through July 3. 
  • The Santa Fe Opera: Amanda Majeski/Ottone, Meredith Arwady/title role, Vivaldi’s Griselda; Mark S. Doss/Méphisophélès, Faust; Christian Van Horn/Colline, La bohème; Patricia Risley/Margret, Wozzeck. Through Aug. 27. 
  • Castleton Festival, Virginia: Cecelia Hall/title role, L’enfant et les sortilèges; Paul La Rosa/Don Quixote, de Falla’s Master Pedro’s Puppet Show; Corey Crider/Marcello, Sam Handley/Colline, La bohème; Sam Handley/Talpa, Il tabarro; David Portillo/Rinuccio, Corey Crider/title role, Sam Handley/Betto, Gianni Schicchi. Through July 23. 
  • Cincinnati Opera: Nicole Cabell/Pamina, The Magic Flute. July 27-31. 
  • Wolf Trap Opera, Vienna, Virginia: Angela Mannino/Colombina and Craig Irvin/Arlecchino, Wolf-Ferrari’s The Curious Women; Edward Mout/Tobias Ragg, Sweeney Todd; Edward Mout/Servants, Spalanzani; Craig Irvin/Four Villains, The Tales of Hoffmann. Through Aug. 13. 
  • Central City Opera, Colorado: Kathleen Kim/Melissa, Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula. Through Aug. 4.
  • Tanglewood Festival, Lenox, Massachusetts: Nicole Cabell/Clara, Porgy and Bess concert performance. Aug. 26. 


Additionally, during Fort Worth Opera’s spring season, Marjorie Owens portrayed Leonora/Il trovatore and Meredith Arwady sang Cornelia/Julius Caesar; Owens sang Donna Anna/Don Giovanni with the Semperoper Dresden in the spring; Elizabeth DeShong sang the title role/La Cenerentola with Canadian Opera Company in the spring; Quinn Kelsey sang the title role/Rigoletto at the Norwegian National Opera in June; and Kathleen Kim’s portrayal of Madame Mao/Nixon in China at The Metropolitan Opera was telecast in early June.

Each year The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, the professional artist-development program of Lyric Opera of Chicago, selects gifted young singers from some 400 applicants. Soon after arriving at Lyric in May, incoming Ryan Opera Center members begin an intensive full-year residency under the guidance of Gianna Rolandi and numerous other opera professionals. Coaching sessions and master classes are augmented by performance and understudy experience in productions mounted by Lyric Opera of Chicago, including the eight operas of Lyric’s regular season. (Until September 2006, the program was known as the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists.)