COVID-19 UPDATE - September 14, 2020:

Dear Applicants:

After carefully considering the health and safety of our applicants and team members, as well as myriad travel and gathering restrictions set forth by the State of Illinois and City of Chicago, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center has made the difficult decision to close its 2021/22 Ensemble application and audition cycle. We recognize this will be a disappointment to many applicants — indeed it is a disappointment to us as well — but we appreciate your patience and understanding in the face of an unprecedented global health situation.

We encourage any interested singers to reapply for the 2022/23 Ensemble when applications reopen in Spring 2021.

Sending all best wishes,

The Ryan Opera Center Team


Ryan Opera Center tenor Mario Rojas performs in a master class with Ryan Opera Center Advisor Renée Fleming.

Photos: Todd Rosenberg and Jaclyn Simpson