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 Lyric Opera membership card, granting you Member-level pricing on merchandise when you show your card at our OperaShop
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter, with exclusive content showcasing how your support is used to elevate our productions and programming

Concerts and Rehearsals

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

Patron

$100-$249 - Prelude Fund

Ticketing 

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

Exclusive Benefits

  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter
  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at our OperaShop

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Invitation to attend ONE 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

Concerts and Rehearsals

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

Priority Seating

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

Ticketing 

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

Exclusive Benefits

  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at our OperaShop
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter

Sustainer

$500-$999 - Prelude Fund

Concerts and Rehearsals

  • Two (2) passes to redeem among three Donor Dress Rehearsals during the upcoming season
  • Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center's Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert

Invitations

  • Invitation to attend Lyric's Annual Meeting, scheduled at the end of our fiscal year

Exclusive Benefits

  • Listing in Lyric's Program Book for one year
  • Lyric membership card for Member-level pricing at our OperaShop
  • Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric's quarterly donor enewsletter

Ticketing 

  • 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.