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. For more information about sponsorship opportunities and special accompanying benefits,

please contact Meaghan Stainback, at 312-827-5691 or

    To designate your online gift to the Ryan Opera Center:
     1. Click this "Donate to the Ryan Opera Center" button
     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

2015/16 Season Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available

First year Ensemble members Diana Newman, soprano, and Annie Rosen, mezzo-soprano, in Lyric's mainstage production of La Cenerentola. Photo: Todd Rosenberg

Ryan Opera Center Distinguished Benefactors
Distinguished Benefactors receive special recognition and benefits, including an invitation to attend an Appreciation Luncheon with current Ensemble members, Ryan Opera Center Board, and Lyric leadership.

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 Teachers, 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.

Acclaimed Ryan Opera Center alumna Amanda Majeski sings the Countess in Lyric's new production of The Marriage of Figaro. Photo: Todd Rosenberg
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 Saturday evening, March 26, 2016. Rising Stars in Concert is a culminating event in the residency of the 2015/16 ensemble. A festive reception follows the concert.


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

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

Third year bass-baritone Bradley Smoak onstage with Luca Pisaroni in Lyric's new production of The Marriage of Figaro. Photo: Todd Rosenberg
Duds for Divas/Divos
A fund for artists to purchase professional performance attire for recitals and concerts.

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.

Travel throughout the nation and around the globe and enjoy Ryan Opera Center Alumni performing on the world’s most renowned stages! Ryan Opera Center supporters of $10,000 and above are invited to participate in custom travel programs that include opera performances, opportunities to meet the stars and special VIP experiences. Past destinations include New York City and San Francisco.

Join us in Toronto May 13-16, 2016!
Experience one of the top 52 cities to visit in 2016 with fellow Lyric Opera supporters. Highlights include Carmen and Maometto II at Canadian Opera Company featuring Christian Van Horn and Elizabeth DeShong, a performance at Toronto Symphony, private dinners, cultural experiences, and exclusive opportunities to to mingle with Ryan Opera Center alumni and special guests. Call Meaghan Stainback at 312-827-5691 for more information. 

2015/16 Season Sponsorship Opportunities Fulfilled!
Final Auditions

National Auditions

Rising Stars in Concert Broadcast Sponsor

Rising Stars in Concert Lead Sponsor

Singer Sponsorships/Cosponsorships

WFMT Recital Series

Master Classes

Renée Fleming Master Class

Workshop Performances