Ryan Opera Center Events & Media


Each season the artists of the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble give a variety of performances at Lyric and around Chicagoland. See below for information on upcoming events, as well as photos, video, 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

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Upcoming Events with Ryan Opera Center Artists


Chicago Symphony Orchestra's
In Flanders Fields:
Songs from the Great War to Commemorate the Centennial of the Armistice

Monday, October 15, 6:00 p.m., Pritzker Military Museum
Mario Rojas, Tenor; Christopher Kenney, Baritone


Harris Theater's
Beyond the Aria Series

Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.
Erin Wall, Soprano; David Portillo,Tenor; Alan Higgs, Bass-Baritone; Craig Terry, Pianist


Chicago Symphony Orchestra's
When I Was One-And-Twenty: A Celebration of the Armistice

Tuesday, October 23, 5:30 p.m., The Mayne Stage
Mario Rojas, Christopher Kenney


Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago's
Fall Lieder Lounge

Sunday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.
Emily Birsan, Soprano; Julie Miller, Mezzo-Soprano; Ricardo José Rivera, Baritone

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Alumni Spotlight


Photo by Larrynx Photography

Will LivermanBaritone

Praised by The New York Times as “mellow-voiced and charismatic” and identified as a baritone to watch by Opera News, Will Liverman is quickly gaining a reputation for his compelling performances, while making significant debuts at opera houses across the country.

Future engagements include his reprisal of the role of Dizzy Gillespie in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird with English National Opera as part of ENO’s new partnership with the Hackney Empire, with Lyric Opera of Chicago for its Lyric Unlimited initiative, and with Madison Opera, after originating the role at Opera Philadelphia in 2015, and performing the role on tour at the Apollo Theater. Will also makes debuts with Seattle Opera as Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory, in his home state with Virginia Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and with the Las Vegas Philharmonic as the baritone soloist in Brahms’ German Requiem, and with Dallas Opera.

Recent performance highlights have included the roles of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Madison Opera and Utah Opera, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia and Beaumarchais in The Ghosts of Versailles at Wolf Trap Opera, Andrew Hanley in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ The Manchurian Candidate at Minnesota Opera, Sam in The Pirates of Penzance at Atlanta Opera, the Husband in Les mamelles de Tirésias with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Protestant Minister in Menotti’s The Last Savage with Santa Fe Opera, and Mr. Noye in Noye’s Fludde as a guest artist at his alma mater, Wheaton College.

Expanding into the concert repertoire, he recently performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, in Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah as a guest artist at the University of Chicago, and in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the South Dakota Symphony. Mr. Liverman made his Alice Tully Hall debut with the New York Festival of Song, collaborating with Steven Blier on a program entitled “Road Trip.”

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