Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions

  • Location - The Lyric Opera House

Join us as more than 20 finalists representing the world's finest emerging singers vie for a spot in next season's 2020/21 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble — plus, participate in the process by voting for the Audience Favorite Award.

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

Sunday, September 15, 2019

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:

Part One: 12:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Break: 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Part Two: 2:45 – 6:30 p.m.

Timing subject to change.

Performance by soprano Laura Wilde, 2013-2016 Ryan Opera Center alumna

Master of Ceremonies Roger Pines

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

Valet parking will be available.

Tickets are non-transferable. For inquiries call 312.827.5686.

The Road to The 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 mainstage alongside today's greatest opera singers

Final Audition Sponsors

Generous support for the Ryan Opera Center 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