Ryan Opera Center: artist training

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Ensuring a bright future for opera—at Lyric and around the world

Opera has the power to tell unforgettable stories and touch lives—and the talent of outstanding singer/actors is what makes each experience so resonant. The Ryan Opera Center was created to ensure the future of opera by identifying emerging artists from around the world, and providing them with comprehensive opera training and unique performance opportunities.

The Center's impressive roster of alumni—at work on our own stage and on stages across the globe—proves the value of this unique and intensive training program.

The Ryan Opera Center is administered by Director Dan Novak, Music Director Craig Terry, Director of Vocal Studies Julia Faulkner, and Lyric's Special Projects Advisor, world-renowned soprano, Renée Fleming.

See us in action

Each season the artists of the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble give a variety of performances at Lyric, around Chicago, and online.

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Join our world-class training program

Every year hundreds of artists from around the globe audition for a chance to be one of the select members of the next season's Ensemble.

Ryan Opera Center auditions

Exciting News from the Ryan Opera Center

Exciting News from the Ryan Opera Center

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago's preeminent artist-development program, is pleased to announce that as part of Lyric's ongoing commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA), it is establishing three fellowships in an effort to increase the pipeline of artists from historically underrepresented groups, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. These additional positions will be for Conductor/Pianist, Director, and Stage Manager.

Provide the stars of tomorrow with your support today

Provide the stars of tomorrow with your support today

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center prepares emerging singers and pianists 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:

Photos: Todd Rosenberg, Kyle Flubacker, Lyric Opera of Chicago