The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center prepares emerging singers and apprentice coaches for careers in opera by providing unique, comprehensive training.

Established in 1974 as the professional artist-development program for Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ryan Opera Center has been recognized as one of the premier programs of its kind in the world for more than four decades. That standing is maintained by providing the finest up-and-coming singers and pianists with unparalleled training and experience.

The program is administered by Director Dan Novak, Music Director Craig Terry, Director of Vocal Studies Julia Faulkner, and Advisor Renée Fleming.

Please direct all inquiries to Emma Scherer, Ryan Opera Center Associate at 312.827.3510


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Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

The 2019/20 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble — 11 singers and a pianist — is comprised of three new artists and nine returning. Meet the artists and find out where you'll see them on stage this season.

Ryan Opera Center Alumni

Since 1974 the Ryan Opera Center has trained nearly 300 artists and has helped to launch major international careers. See a sampling of our most distinguished alumni.

Events & Media

Each season the artists of the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble give a variety of performances at Lyric and around Chicagoland. Find information on upcoming events, as well as photos, videos, and audio clips from previous season highlights, including our unique WFMT Broadcast Recital Series. 

Provide the stars of tomorrow with your support today.

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center prepares emerging singers and apprentice coaches for careers in opera by providing unique, comprehensive training. Your gift helps offset the expense of maintaining the high quality of Lyric’s stellar professional artist-development program. 

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is supported by:

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Illinois Arts Council Agency

National Endowment for the arts