COVID-19 UPDATE — July 30, 2020

Dear Applicants:

Due to the ever-evolving travel and gathering restrictions in the US caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center will be postponing its 2021/22 Ensemble application and audition cycle until further notice, with a new tentative application deadline of September 30, 2020.

Given the many unknown factors facing our application and audition process, we encourage singers to wait to apply until we know more about a possible timeline for this year.

As soon as an updated audition timeline and application procedures for the 2021/22 Ensemble are confirmed, we will share that information on our YAPTracker Opportunity Listing. We expect to know more by the end of September.

Until then, we thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time, and send our best wishes for your health and safety,

The Ryan Opera Center Team


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

Photos: Todd Rosenberg and Jaclyn Simpson