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.

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Upcoming Events with Ryan Opera Center Artists


Rising Stars in Concert

Saturday, April 1, 2017

7:30 pm

Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, Lindsay Metzger, Alec Carlson, Jonathan Johnson, Bradley Smoak, Patrick Guetti, and Mario Antonio Marra

Recital Broadcast on 98.7 WFMT

Sunday, April 2

7:00 pm

Ann Toomey, Lauren Decker, Jesse Donner, Mingjie Lei, Takaoki Onishi, Patrick Guetti, Calum Cook (Cello), Mario Antonio Marra, and Craig Terry

Beyond the Aria #5

Wednesday, April 26

7:30 pm

For more information please click here.

Recital Broadcast on 98.7 WFMT

Sunday, May 7

7:00 pm

Alec Carlson, Emmett O'Hanlon, and Craig Terry

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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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Lucia di Lammermoor at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lucia di Lammermoor

The most famous of all bel canto operas, you'll be transfixed by the passion of the heroine and her lover Edgardo.

The Trojans - Les Troyens - opera at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Les Troyens (The Trojans)

The drama of the Trojan War, replete with heroes and tragedy, vividly comes to life in French opera's most astounding work.

Norma opera tickets at Lyric Opera of Chicago


This timeless story of love betrayed runs the gamut of emotions from loyalty and love to jealousy, revenge, and redemption.

The Magic Flute at Lyric Opera

The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)

Join us for this operatic fairytale as Prince Tamino strives for the hand of Pamina, accompanied by his lovable sidekick Papageno.


Das Rheingold

Immerse yourself in thrilling drama and music of vast proportions during the first of four new Ring productions from world-renowned director David Pountney.

Don Quichotte

Don Quichotte

The story of an eccentric idealist and self-proclaimed knight errant who tilts at windmills and fights for the honor of his lady Dulcinee.