The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center prepares emerging singers and apprentice coaches for careers in opera by providing unique, comprehensive training.
Established in 1974 as the professional artist-development program for Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ryan Opera Center has been recognized as one of the premier programs of its kind in the world for more than four decades. That standing is maintained by providing the finest up-and-coming singers and pianists with unparalleled training and experience.
The program is administered by Director Dan Novak, Music Director Craig Terry, Director of Vocal Studies Julia Faulkner, and Advisor Renée Fleming.
See below for our full history and meet the people who make it all happen.
Please direct all inquiries to Manager Jimmy Byrne at 312.827.3510 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is supported by:
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.
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.
Rising Stars in Concert, a yearly showcase performance starring Ensemble members of the Ryan Opera Center, will be held on April 7, 2018.
Lyric donors of $75 and above are eligible for two complimentary tickets for Rising Stars in Concert. Click here to learn about more ways you can support the opera stars of tomorrow.
Rising Stars in Concert 2017 was generously sponsored by:
Donna Van Eekeren Foundation
Dentons US LLP, Ann M. Drake, Don and Abby Funk, Sue and Melvin Gray, Howard Family Foundation, Patricia A. Kenney and Gregory J. O’Leary, Lauter McDougal Family Foundation, Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation, Frank B. Modruson and Lynne C. Shigley, and OptumRx, with additional support from Mr. and Mrs. Allan Drebin.