Since 1974 the Ryan Opera Center has trained nearly 300 artists. A testament to the Ryan Opera Center's caliber and success is the roster of distinguished alumni who perform regularly on the stages of leading international opera houses. It includes René Barbera, Harolyn Blackwell, Nicole Cabell, Elizabeth DeShong, Mark S. Doss, Christopher Feigum, Elizabeth Futral, Roger Honeywell, Joseph Kaiser, Maria Kanyova, Quinn Kelsey, Gregory Kunde, Dina Kuznetsova, Emily Magee, Amanda Majeski, Susanna Phillips, Matthew Polenzani, Christian Van Horn, Amber Wagner, and Erin Wall. See below for a sampling of our most distinguished alumni.

Some notable Ryan Opera Center Alumni

René Barbera

Nicole Cabell

Elizabeth DeShong

Quinn Kelsey

Amanda Majeski

Susanna Phillips

Matthew Polenzani

Christian Van Horn

Amber Wagner

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Photo: Quinn Kelsey and Matthew Polenzani in Rigoletto. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.