Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center is now accepting singer applications for the 2021/22 Ensemble.

Click here for complete audition information. Applications are free and must be submitted via YAP Tracker. If you do not have a YAP Tracker account, register for free at

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is Lyric's acclaimed artist-development program that nurtures the talents of some of the most promising operatic singers of each generation. Ryan Opera Center alumni are among the dominant names in opera today. This highly competitive program, established in 1974, is honored to enjoy the support of acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming as Advisor, along with full-time staff Dan Novak (Director), Craig Terry (Music Director), and Julia Faulkner (Director of Vocal Studies).

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Application Deadline #1: March 9, 2020

Audition Dates: April 24-25, 2020
Location: OPERA America, New York City

Application Deadline #2: April 6

Audition Dates: May 22-23, 2020
Location: Lyric Opera of Chicago

Application Deadline #3: May 25, 2020

Audition Dates: July 10-11, 2020
Location: Lyric Opera of Chicago

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

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

Photos: Todd Rosenberg and Jaclyn Simpson