Lyric Opera of Chicago

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

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Chicago: Received By Mon May 25, 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.



Dear Applicants,

We are so grateful for your interest in The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center’s 2021/22 Ensemble. We are committed to making our application and audition process as safe and accessible as possible during this difficult, uncertain time.
To allow applicants maximum flexibility, and to ensure the health and safety of all concerned, the Ryan Opera Center has made the difficult decision to cancel its April 24-25 New York auditions and May 22-23 Chicago auditions. All live auditions for the Ryan Opera Center will take place July 9-11, 2020 at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
We realize that not all applicants will be able to travel to Chicago for a July audition. We will work to find a mutually agreeable solution for all singers invited to a live audition. These extraordinary times call for all of us to be as flexible as possible, and we are deeply grateful for your patience and understanding.
The application deadline for July 9-11 auditions is Monday, May 25, 2020. 
Video submissions should be as recent as possible, but we are waiving the 6 month requirement in light of the current recording challenges and social distancing measures.
Please do not hesitate to contact Emma Scherer, Ryan Opera Center Associate, with any questions:
Sending all our best wishes for everyone’s 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

If you advance through pre-screening, please indicate which live audition date you prefer and take note of its respective city.
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