Thank you for helping to make our 2020 Ryan Opera Center Gala such a wonderful success. We look forward to celebrating with you in 2021.


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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.


Richard O. Ryan

Event Co-Chairs

Nancy Dehmlow
Cynthia Vahlkamp