Ryan Opera Center Ensemble Auditions


Thank you for your interest in The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018/19 Ensemble. Please check back in December 2017 for information regarding our 2019/20 Ensemble.

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer/program.
The National Auditions are made possible with support from American Airlines, the official airline of Lyric Opera of Chicago.
The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is partially supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit for applicants?

No, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer/program.

When will I hear if I have been granted an audition for the date(s) I selected?

Notifications will be sent as follows:

• Notification will be sent by March 24, 2017, for auditions on April 28 and 29, 2017, in New York City

• Notification will be sent by April 21, 2017, for auditions on May 20 and 22, 2017, in Chicago

• Notification will be sent by June 16, 2017, for auditions on July 21 and 22, 2017, in Chicago

I haven’t heard back from you about an audition – does this mean I didn’t get one?

All applicants will receive a confirmation as to whether they have been granted an audition or not. If for some reason you have not heard from us by the aforementioned deadlines, please write to RyanCenter@lyricopera.org.

I’m no longer available for my chosen date and time – what should I do?

Please email us at RyanCenter@lyricopera.org. as soon as possible. If you are available on an alternate date we will endeavor to reschedule your audition. Please note that there may be a wait-list and we may not be able to accommodate your request.

I want to swap with my friend – is that ok?

If it is convenient for both of you, please notify us in writing (RyanCenter@lyricopera.org.) and we will in turn confirm the change after we’ve spoken with both parties. Swapping times is only possible for singers scheduled in the same city. We will strive to accommodate whenever possible, but all schedule changes are subject to our approval.

What are the audition dates and cities*?

Friday, April 28, 2017 – New York, NY

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – New York, NY

Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Chicago, IL

Monday, May 22, 2017 – Chicago, IL

Friday, July 21, 2017 – Chicago, IL

Saturday, July 22, 2017 – Chicago, IL

What are the audition locations*?

Auditions in New York will take place at The National Opera Center. Auditions in Chicago will take place at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

*Please note that all audition dates, times, and locations are subject to change.

What’s the format for the preliminary auditions?

You will select the first aria; if needed, the judges will then ask for some or all of a second or third piece from your repertoire list.

Do you provide a pianist for auditions?

Yes, but you are welcome to bring your own pianist at your own expense.

Do I need to bring materials to my preliminary audition?

You only need to bring a repertoire list if you have changed your selections.

I want to change my chosen repertoire – what should I do?

Please email us at RyanCenter@lyricopera.org and bring a revised repertoire list to your audition.

I have forgotten what my repertoire was – what should I do?

Please check your send mail to RyanCenter@lyricopera.org.

I need to cancel my audition – what should I do?

Please email us at RyanCenter@lyricopera.org as soon as possible.

What happens after my audition?

You will receive an audition status e-mail within 6 weeks of your audition. If you are under consideration for the Final Auditions, you will receive a phone call by August 11, 2017. If you do not receive an e-mail by this date, please contact us at RyanCenter@lyricopera.org..

When are the Final Auditions?

Final Auditions will take place in fall 2017 at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Exact dates are to be determined.

What’s the format of the Final Auditions?

Finalists will be invited to Chicago for a period of 3-4 days. In that time, they will work with coaches and teachers and have meetings with administrative staff. The culmination of the period ends with Final Auditions on the stage of the Ardis Krainik Theatre at Lyric Opera of Chicago. An audience of Lyric Opera donors, subscribers, and patrons will be in attendance. Domestic airfare and hotel accommodations are provided for all Finalists.

How many people are you going to accept for the 2018/19 Ensemble?

The number of positions varies from season to season. We do not strive for a certain number of Ensemble artists, nor do we have to fill positions for specific voice types. Our average is to offer between three and six new positions each year.

When will I find out if I’ve been offered a position in the Ensemble?

The announcement of results will take place immediately following the Final Auditions. All singers invited to participate must be prepared to sign a contract on that day.

Ryan Opera Center Season Overview

December 2016-February 2017: Applications are open to audition for the Ryan Opera Center.

March-August 2017: Preliminary auditions take place.

Fall 2017: Final Auditions take place at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

May-August 2018:
Contract period begins. Ensemble artists have regular lessons, coachings, language classes, acting classes, guest teacher residencies, and perform at various venues around Chicago, record recitals for WFMT, and participate in an opera scenes workshop, among other projects and activities.

August 2018-March 2019: Ensemble artists perform and understudy roles in Lyric’s mainstage season and participate in master classes with guest artists. Lessons and coachings continue as time allows.

The Lyric season concludes and the Ryan Opera Center contract period ends with Rising Stars in Concert, a performance in the Ardis Krainik Theatre with members of the Lyric Orchestra.