Rising Stars in Concert program notes

Enjoy a program of rarely-heard operatic gems in the annual showcase of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center: Rising Stars in Concert. Featuring members of the 2020/21 Ensemble, the performance will be led by conductor Christopher Allen, with Ryan Opera Center pianist Chris Reynolds and a chamber ensemble of Lyric Opera Orchestra members.

Meet the artists

Featured Members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra:
Robert Hanford, Violin I
John Macfarlane, Violin II
Terri Van Valkinburgh, Viola
Calum Cook, Cello
Ian Hallas, Bass
Chris Reynolds, Keyboards


*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

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The Rising Stars in Concert performance is just one example of how Lyric Opera of Chicago is expanding the definition of what opera means in today's world.

Through a timely and diverse array of programming coupled with our industry-leading artist training program, Lyric Opera of Chicago aims to expand the space for classical music in the 21st century. A space that's more inclusive to artists and audiences alike. Sharing the majesty of opera with all who seek to find it. This collaborative vision will deliver ever more exciting, thought-provoking, and inclusive audience and community experiences.

As a nonprofit organization, Lyric needs your help to bring this vision to fruition. Your gift will support our artists as we navigate through difficult times and help ensure that Lyric can provide opportunities to showcase their immense talent. At the same time, your gift will help make opera more accessible to a broader audience.

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About the Ryan Opera Center

About the Ryan Opera Center

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is Lyric's preeminent artist-development program that nurtures the talents of some of the most promising operatic singers and pianists of each generation. The program's Ensemble members earn their coveted spot by successfully auditioning among more than 400 artists worldwide. Its alumni are among the dominant names in opera today. Donor generosity ensures continued unparalleled training, performance experience, and professional readiness of Ensemble members. This highly competitive program, established in 1974, is honored to enjoy the support of acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming as Advisor, along with full-time staff Director Dan Novak, Music Director Craig Terry, and Director of Vocal Studies Julia Faulkner.

Rising Stars in Concert is generously made possible by

Lead Sponsor

with additional support from Sponsors

Marlys A. Beider

Dr. Scholl Foundation

Sue & Melvin Gray

Chauncey & Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation

Patricia A. Kenney & Gregory J. O’Leary

Lois B. Siegel

Thierer Family Foundation

Rising Stars Host Committee

Daniel J. Bender

Erika E. Erich

Dr. Nora Jaskowiak & Mr. Matthew Hinerfeld

Jeanne LaDuke

Philip G. Lumpkin

Phyllis Neiman

Photos: Kyle Flubacker