Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions

October 07. 2021

Upcoming Dates

October 07. 2021

Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions

Join us as more than 20 finalists representing the world's finest emerging singers vie for a spot in next season's 2022/23 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble — plus, participate in the process by voting for the Audience Favorite Award.

The Final Auditions will begin at 12:00 p.m.  Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. and the theater will open at 11:30 a.m. Please note that seating for the Ryan Opera Center Final auditions is open by section. Attendees may come and go throughout the day during designated breaks. The final announcement will take place at approximately 6:00 p.m.

  • Location: The Lyric Opera House


Join us for the full day, or come and go as you please.

11:30 - House opens
12:00 - Mezzo-Sopranos (Accompanied by Laurann Gilley & Chris Reynolds)
12:40 - Baritones  (Accompanied by Michael Baitzer)
1:25 - Basses/Bass-Baritones (Accompanied by Laurann Gilley)
2:15 - Intermission
3:00 - Tenors (Accompanied by Laurann Gilley & Chris Reynolds)
3:45 - Sopranos  (Accompanied by Michael Baitzer & Chris Reynolds)
4:50 - Break
5:20 - Performance and Q&A with Ann Toomey
6:00 - Announcement of 2022/23 Ensemble & Audience Favorite Award

Please note: This schedule is subject to change

Final Auditions Artists


Sarah Saturnino

Hilary Taylor

Katherine DeYoung
(returning member)


Mark Billy

Samson McCrady

Laureano Quant

Ian Rucker


Ben Brady

Ron Dukes

Evan Lazdowski

William Meinert

William Clay Thompson


Ryan Capozzo

Alejandro Luévanos

Martin Luther Clark
(returning member)

Lunga Eric Hallam
(returning member)


Sydney Baedke

Kathryn Henry

Victoria Okafor

Lindsey Reynolds

Rachel Shaughnessy

Margaret Ann Zentner

Denis Vélez
(returning member)


Michael Baitzer

Laurann Gilley


Anthony Freud

General Director, President & CEO
The Women’s Board Endowed Chair


Enrique Mazzola

Music Director
John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Endowed Chair


Andreas Melinat

Vice President, Artistic Planning


Dan Novak

Vice President and Director, Ryan Opera Center
The Ryan Opera Center Board Endowed Chair


Craig Terry

Music Director, Ryan Opera Center
The Jannotta Family Endowed Chair


Julia Faulkner

Director of Vocal Studies, Ryan Opera Center
Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation


Evamaria Wieser

Casting Consultant

The road to the Ryan Opera Center

Founded in 1974, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is celebrated as one of the world's premier artist-development programs.

Every year some 400 singers audition for a chance to be one of 11-12 members of each season's Ensemble. These rising stars of tomorrow are in residence year-round for a comprehensive curriculum that includes:

  • Distinguished instruction in voice, language, acting and movement

  • Master classes and individual coachings with opera's leading artists, including Ryan Opera Center Advisor Renée Fleming and Lyric's Music Director Enrique Mazzola

  • Performance opportunities throughout Chicagoland and on Lyric's mainstage alongside today's greatest opera singers

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 artists 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.

Photo: Jaclyn Simpson

Ryan Opera Center Final Auditions are generously made possible by

Lead Sponsor Philip G. Lumpkin

Finalists' airfares are generous provided by Lyric Opera of Chicago's Official Airline