Donate to the Ryan Opera Center


Play a vital role in opera’s future by supporting the Ryan Opera Center.

Your gift helps offset the expense of maintaining the high quality of Lyric’s stellar professional artist-development program.

To designate your online gift to the Ryan Opera Center:
     1. Click the "Donate to the Ryan Opera Center" button above.
     2. Fill in your desired donation amount
     3. Click the second button to unveil the list of Lyric programs
     4. Click the third button to designate all or part of your gift to the Ryan Opera Center

Ryan Opera Center Sponsorship Opportunities

In addition to donations, the Ryan Opera Center has some wonderful sponsorship opportunities listed below. For more information about sponsorship opportunities and special accompanying benefits, please call Meaghan Stainback at 312-827-5691 or email her at

Guest Master Artist

Support extended visits from international opera stars as they work intensively with members of the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble, sharing professional experiences from successful careers on the world’s opera stages.

Voice Instruction Cosponsors

The Voice Instruction program is centered on the comprehensive, year-long instruction from Director of Vocal Studies Julia Faulkner, supplemented by work with Guest Master Artists, including Ryan Opera Center Advisor Renée Fleming. This essential work on the development of vocal skills and technique is one of the core elements of the singers’ training.

Artistic Coaching
Support the daily repertoire training by Lyric's acclaimed staff of coaches who combine decades of knowledge in musical expression, language interpretation, and vocal style.

Acting/Movement Sponsor

As the demand for singing-actors rises, the Ryan Opera Center seeks sponsorship for acting and movement classes to ensure our Ensemble members are at the top of the competitive market.

Rising Stars in Concert Cosponsorships

Celebrate the Ryan Opera Center artists as they perform operatic arias and ensembles with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra on Sunday evening, April 7, 2019.

Ensemble Friends

Provide funds to support the highest caliber of professional training and promotional assistance for the Ensemble at this critical stage of their career development. Ensemble Friends are invited to attend an Appreciation Luncheon with current Ensemble members, Ryan Opera Center Board, and Lyric leadership.


A fund supporting critical elements required to best promote the artists and launch their careers. Support includes underwriting of new headshots for the artists, travel assistance for auditions and competitions, performance attire, individual website enhancements, and audio recordings.

General Support of the Ryan Opera Center

We welcome gifts of any amount which are essential to maintaining the Ryan Opera Center's standing as one of the finest artist-development programs in the world. When making your annual gift to Lyric, please consider designating it to the Ryan Opera Center.