Ryan Opera Center Ensemble auditions

Applications for The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center 2025/26 Ensemble are now closed. For questions about the Ryan Opera Center's application and audition process, please contact Susanna McNatt, Ryan Opera Center Manager, [email protected], 312-827-3510.


The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

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 artists 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 RenĂ©e Fleming as Advisor at Large, along with full-time staff Dan Novak (Director), Craig Terry (Music Director), and Julia Faulkner (Director of Vocal Studies).

Pictured: Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members Ryan Capozzo and Laureano Quant perform at Lyric's 2022/23 Season Sunday in the Park with Lyric.

Header image: Mezzo-soprano Lucy Baker performing at Final Auditions (2023). Credit: Kyle Flubacker

Other photo: Kyle Flubacker