This event is currently sold out.

Contact Samus Haddad at or call 312.827.5656 if you would like to be placed on a waitlist or reserve your individual spot for next year's gala.

Contact Meaghan Stainback at or 312.827.5691, If you would like to purchase a table for next year's gala. 

Ryan Opera Center Gala

We invite you for one night only to the hillsides of Napoli for a festive evening of Italian food, wine, and song to celebrate the Ryan Opera Center!

The Ryan Opera Center’s 5th annual fundraising event, Festa di San Ryan, will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at The Casino Club of ChicagoThe gala is a participatory celebration of the love and vitality of the Ryan Opera Center. It will feature a thematic performance of operatic and popular music by Ensemble members with music director Craig Terry and renowned mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, an alumna who sings Pauline in The Queen of Spades this season, followed by an elegant seated dinner with our artists and special guests.

6:00 p.m. Cocktails

6:30 p.m. Performance

7:30 p.m. Seated Dinner

Reservation Options

Individual Reservation - SOLD OUT

$500 per person ($250 tax deductible)

Contact Samus Haddad at or call 312.827.5656 if you would like to be placed on a waitlist or reserve your spot for next year's gala.

Benefit Tables SOLD OUT

Fill a Table - SOLD OUT
  • $8,500 ($6,000 tax deductible) to fill a table of up to 10 guests
  • Fill all 10 seats OR use 1-2 seats to host artists or other honored guests
Split a TableSOLD OUT
  • $7,500 ($6,500 tax deductible) to attend as a party of 4
  • Your party of 4 will be seated with another party of 4 and will host artists or other honored guests
Sponsor a Table - SOLD OUT
  • Sponsor a table and attend as a party of 2 and be seated with artists and other guests

Interested in purchasing a benefit table for next year? Contact Meaghan Stainback at


Contact the Board Office at or call 312.827.5656.

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. The Ryan Opera Center thanks you for your generosity and for being part of our diverse and supportive family.

Meet the Artists

Elizabeth DeShong


Craig Terry

Music Director

Mathilda Edge


Emily Pogorelc


Kayleigh Decker


Kathleen Felty


Lauren Decker


Eric Ferring


Mario Rojas


David Weigel



Richard O. Ryan

Event Co-Chairs

Nancy Dehmlow
Cynthia Vahlkamp