Support the Ryan Opera Center

Provide the stars of tomorrow with your support today.

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center prepares emerging singers and apprentice coaches for careers in opera by providing unique, comprehensive training.

Established in 1974 as the professional artist-development program for Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ryan Opera Center has been recognized as one of the premier programs of its kind in the world for more than four decades. That standing is maintained by providing the finest up-and-coming singers and pianists with unparalleled training and experience.

The program is administered by Director Dan Novak, Music Director Craig Terry, Director of Vocal Studies Julia Faulkner, and Advisor Renée Fleming.

If you would prefer to give by phone, please contact our Donor Records office at 312.827.3500.

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Provide the stars of tomorrow with your support today.

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center prepares emerging singers and apprentice coaches for careers in opera by providing unique, comprehensive training.

Established in 1974 as the professional artist-development program for Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ryan Opera Center has been recognized as one of the premier programs of its kind in the world for more than four decades. That standing is maintained by providing the finest up-and-coming singers and pianists with unparalleled training and experience.

The program is administered by Director Dan Novak, Music Director Craig Terry, Director of Vocal Studies Julia Faulkner, and Advisor Renée Fleming.

If you would prefer to give by phone, please contact our Donor Records office at 312.827.3500.

Membership Levels

Member

$50-$99 - Prelude Society

Exclusive Benefits

  • Lyric membership card, granting you member-level pricing on merchandise through our website and when you show your card at our OperaShop.

  • Donor Serenade, Lyric’s quarterly donor e-newsletter, with exclusive content showcasing how your support is used to elevate our productions and programming.

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Opportunity to attend the Ryan Opera Center’s Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert.

Contributor

$100-$249 - Prelude Society

Ticketing 

  • Pre-sale access to purchase single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public.

Dining

  • NEW Early access to reservations at the Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room and the Florian Opera Bistro.

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Opportunity to attend ONE private Working
    Rehearsal*—exclusive to Contributor membership.

    *A maximum of two guests may attend a Working Rehearsal.

  • All other unrelated opportunities listed above.

Associate

$250-$499 - Prelude Society

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • NEW Opportunity to attend TWO private Working Rehearsals*—exclusive to Associate membership.

    *A maximum of two guests may attend a Working Rehearsal.

Priority Seating

  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center’s Rising Stars in Concert.

  • All other unrelated opportunities listed above.

Enthusiast

$500-$999 - Prelude Society

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • TWO passes to redeem among three Donor Dress Rehearsals during the upcoming season.

Activities

  • Opportunity to attend Lyric’s Annual Meeting with voting rights.
  • All other unrelated opportunities listed above.

Want more benefits?

Join the Encore Circle.

Encore Circle members can enjoy access to private intermission receptions, valet parking vouchers, concierge ticketing service, and more.

Membership begins at $1,000.

Want to indulge?

Join the Crescendo Society.

Crescendo Society members can enjoy complimentary wine during intermission, exclusive dining options, and expedited valet parking.

Membership begins at $5,000.

Want to get closer?

Join the Ardis Krainik Council.

The Ardis Krainik Council is comprised of Lyric's closest donors. Members can receive premium seating at exclusive events, customized benefits and recognition, and concierge ticketing service for national and international opera houses.

Membership begins at $25,000.