Each season the artists of the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble give a variety of performances at Lyric and around Chicagoland. Find information on upcoming events, and view photos, videos, and audio clips from previous season highlights, including our unique WFMT Broadcast Recital Series.

Please direct all inquiries to Emma Scherer, Ryan Opera Center Associate at 312.827.3510

Upcoming Events with Ryan Opera Center Artists

Monday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Beyond the Aria at Harris Theater

The Harris Theater's Beyond the Aria series offers audiences a one-night-only experience with some of the greatest operatic talents of our generation in an intimate, cabaret-style setting on the enclosed stage of the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. The next performance takes place on Monday, November 18 with appearances by Ryan McKinny and Susan Graham (who star as Joseph De Rocher and Mrs. De Rocher in Lyric’s Dead Man Walking ), along with Ryan Opera Center Ensemble member Christopher Kenney, and music director Craig Terry.

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Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Beyond the Aria at Harris Theater

Soprano and Ryan Opera Center alumni Amanda Majeski returns to Beyond the Aria with her costar from Lyric’s Don Giovanni, bass Matthew Rose. They will be joined by Ryan Opera Center Ensemble member Kayleigh Decker, mezzo-soprano, and series music director and pianist Craig Terry.


Sunday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m.

WFMT Broadcast Recital Series 

Joined by music director and pianist Craig Terry, current Ryan Opera Center ensemble members, Lauren Decker and Christopher Kenney will perform the evening of January 5.

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Sunday, January 19

Rising Stars in Concert

Join us for Rising Stars in Concert, a showcase performance starring Ensemble members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra conducted by Ari Pelto. 

More information to come Nov. 22

Sunday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Rising Stars in Concert Radio Broadcast

Rising Stars in Concert will be broadcast on 98.7WFMT and wfmt.com on Sunday, January 26, 2020, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The radio broadcast of Rising Stars in Concert is generously sponsored by the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation.

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