Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center: SINGERS 2021|22

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Received By Sat Aug 15, 2020



Dan Novak, Director

 Craig Terry, Music Director

Julia Faulkner, Director of Vocal Studies

Renée Fleming, Advisor

For full details and program requirements, please visit the opportunity listing.

COVID-19 UPDATE - May 14, 2020:  
Dear Applicants: 
Due to the ever-evolving travel and gathering restrictions in the US caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center will be postponing its 2021/22 Ensemble application and audition cycle until further notice.

The preliminary auditions on July 9-11, 2020 have been postponed indefinitely, and we have tentatively set a new deadline of August 15 for all applications. Given the many unknown factors facing our application and audition process, we encourage singers to wait to apply until we know more about a possible timeline for this year. If you have previously submitted an application, no further action is required for the time being.
As soon as an updated audition timeline and application procedures for the 2021/22 Ensemble are confirmed, we will share that information on our YAPTracker Opportunity Listing. We expect to know more by August.
Until then, we thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time, and send our best wishes for your health and safety,
The Ryan Opera Center Team

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Personal Information

Work Authorization Status

Any non-US citizens accepted into the Ryan Opera Center will receive assistance in obtaining the appropriate US work authorization.

Contact Information through September 2020

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Education and Training

Education 1
Education 2
Education 3

Additional Training

Minimum number of selections permitted: 1. Maximum number of selections permitted: 5
Selection 1
Selection 2
Selection 3
Selection 4
Selection 5

Performance Experience

Please list the 5 most recently completed or upcoming roles (may include college/conservatory).
Role 1
Role 2
Role 3
Role 4
Role 5


-Upload your audition video to your video profile page. We recommend you choose the YouTube upload option.
-Videos must consist of two contrasting operatic arias, date of recording must be noted, filmed in a full shot (full body shot), and may not include oratorio, songs, musical theater, or excerpts from staged or concert performances.
-IMPORTANT: Your video's privacy settings must be set to public view and must be enabled for viewing in the USA.
-DVDs and emailed video files will not be accepted. Please write to should you need assistance uploading your video. Number of selections required: 2.

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Preferred Audition Date

As of May 14, 2020, all dates are TBA. More information soon.
Number of selections required: 5.
Selection 1
Selection 2
Selection 3
Selection 4
Selection 5
Number of selections required: 1.
Fee and Audition: All applications are free. Select applicants will be invited to a live audition via e-mail through YAP Tracker. Those who accept our invitation to a live audition will need to pay a nonrefundable audition fee of $30 by the designated date or withdraw in writing. Instructions for audition fee payment will be sent with your audition invitation. Applicants unable to appear for their scheduled audition may be eliminated from consideration.
The National Auditions are sponsored by American Airlines, Official Airline of Lyric Opera of Chicago.
The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is supported by