Selected from some 400 singers who audition annually, the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members are in residence for nearly twelve months. Over the course of the year they receive advanced instruction in numerous aspects of operatic performance, including voice lessons and coachings, language and acting training, and master classes with some of opera's most renowned artists.

During Lyric Opera's mainstage season, Ryan Opera Center members perform and understudy a significant number of principal and supporting roles. This presents an extraordinary opportunity to work with the world's greatest opera singers, conductors, directors, orchestra, and chorus. They also gain valuable performing experience by participating in recitals and concerts at many Chicago-area venues. The Ryan Opera Center Ensemble was recently expanded to include a pianist, who likewise receives advanced training and performance opportunities throughout the year.

Mathilda Edge


Denis Vélez


Katherine Beck


Katherine DeYoung


Kathleen Felty


Leroy Davis


David Weigel


Photo: Kyle Flubacker