Ryan Opera Center Ensemble Auditions

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The Ryan Opera Center will be using YAP Tracker to process applications this year.

Complete information for the 2019/20 singer application can be found here.  

The pianist application is forthcoming; please continue to check here and YAP Tracker for updates.

You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details).  Registration can be completed for free at yaptracker.com 

If you have been granted a live audition, please submit your $30 audition fee here.





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.

american-airlines-logo       National Endowment for the Arts         Illinois Arts Council    



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 via YAP Tracker approximately four weeks before the audition date you requested on your application.


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

All applicants will receive a confirmation via YAP Tracker 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.


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.


What happens after my audition?

You will receive an audition status message via YAP Tracker within 6 weeks of your audition.


When are the Final Auditions?

Final Auditions will take place in fall 2018 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 2019/20 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 2017-May 2018: Applications are open to audition for the Ryan Opera Center.

April-August 2018: Preliminary auditions take place.

Fall 2018: Final Auditions take place at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

May-August 2019: 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 2019-March 2020: 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.

March: 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.




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