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

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at The Casino Club of Chicago

Festa di San Ryan

The gala is a participatory celebration of the love and vitality of the Ryan Opera Center. It will feature a thematic performance of operatic and popular music by Ensemble members with music director Craig Terry and renowned mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, an alumna who sings Pauline in The Queen of Spades this season, followed by an elegant seated dinner with our artists and special guests.

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Monday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Beyond the Aria at Harris Theater

Soprano Susanna Phillips, who has performed with Lyric Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, returns to Beyond the Aria with Ryan Opera Center ensemble members tenor Eric Ferring and bass-baritone David Weigel. They will be joined by series music director and pianist Craig Terry for the final Beyond the Aria of the season.


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