Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions

Join us as more than 20 finalists representing the world's finest emerging singers vie for a spot in next season's 2019/20 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble – plus, participate in the process yourself by voting for the singer you believe should receive the Audience Favorite Award.

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2018 Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions were held on Sunday, September 30. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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

Sunday, September 30, 2018

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

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

Bass-baritones/Basses: 12:00 p.m.
Sopranos: 12:50 p.m.
Intermission: 2:00 p.m. - Refreshments
Baritones: 3:00 p.m.
Mezzo-Sopranos/Contralto: 3:35 p.m.
Tenors: 4:05 p.m.
Break: 4:30 p.m.
Performance: 5:00 p.m.
Announcement of 2019/20 Ensemble and Audience Favorite Award: 5:45 p.m.

Timing subject to change.

Performance by David Portillo, 2007-2010 Ryan Opera Center Alumnus

Master of Ceremonies Roger Pines

Complimentary refreshments will be provided during the break.
Additional beverages will be available for purchase in The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer.
Valet parking available.

Tickets are non-transferable. Inquiries call 312.827.5686.

The Road to Ryan Opera Center

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 audition for a chance to be one of 11-12 members of each season's Ensemble. These rising stars of tomorrow are in residence year-round for a comprehensive 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's Music Director Sir Andrew Davis

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

Road to Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Generous support for the Final Auditions is provided by:
Lead Sponsor Nix Lauridsen and Virginia Croskery Lauridsen
Sponsor The Cozad Family

American Airlines

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

Finalists' hospitality provided by Coco Pazzo