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 Fund

Exclusive Benefits

  • NEW Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter, including advance notice of special events, concerts, and programs presented by Lyric Unlimited and the Ryan Opera Center
  • Exclusive gift of your choice from selected Lyric merchandise
  • Lyric membership card

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Patron

$100-$249 - Prelude Fund

Ticketing 

  • NEW Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

Exclusive Benefits

  • $10 off coupon at Lyric's OperaShop
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Exclusive gift of your choice from selected Lyric merchandise
  • Lyric membership card

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Invitation to attend a private Working Rehearsal with performers and the magnificent Lyric Opera Orchestra—an exclusive benefit of Patron membership
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Associate

$250-$499 - Prelude Fund

Priority Seating

  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Ticketing 

  • Complimentary admission to a Lyric public Backstage Tour
  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

Exclusive Benefits

  • $10 off coupon at Lyric's OperaShop
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Exclusive gift of your choice from selected Lyric merchandise
  • Lyric membership card

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Sustainer

$500-$999 - Prelude Fund

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Two (2) passes to donor dress rehearsals per season
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Invitations

  • Lyric voting membership and invitation to the Annual Meeting

Exclusive Benefits

  • Listing in Lyric's Program Book for one year
  • $10 off coupon at Lyric's OperaShop
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Exclusive gift of your choice from selected Lyric merchandise
  • Lyric membership card

Ticketing 

  • Complimentary admission to a Lyric public Backstage Tour
  • Pre-sale access for purchasing single tickets to the upcoming season before the general public

Priority Seating

  • Priority seating at the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

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.