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      WFMT Ryan Opera Center Recital Series

      The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago

      What do Nicole Cabell, Matthew Polenzani, and Susanna Phillips have in common?

      These international opera singers trained at Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center.

      Each year, the Ryan Opera Center nurtures gifted young artists who are on their way to major careers. Singers from all over the world compete for a place in this program, which offers vocal coaching, coaching in languages, performance experience, and a supportive environment to learn numerous operatic roles.

      WFMT proudly presents the 2015-2016 Ryan Opera Center class in this recital series hosted by Colin Ure.

      Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members

      The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center was established in 1974 as the professional artist-development program for Lyric Opera of Chicago. Since its inception, the Ryan Opera Center has been recognized as one of the premier programs of its kind in the world. That standing is maintained by providing the finest up-and-coming singers with unparalleled training and experience.

      Selected from some 400 singers who audition annually, the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members are in residence for twelve months. During Lyric Opera’s main stage season, Ryan Opera Center members perform and understudy a significant number of principal and supporting roles. This presents an extraordinary opportunity to work with the world’s greatest opera singers, conductors, directors, orchestra, and chorus.

      A testament to the Ryan Opera Center’s caliber and success is the roster of distinguished alumni who perform regularly on the stages of leading international opera houses, including René Barbera, Harolyn Blackwell, Nicole Cabell, Elizabeth DeShong, Mark S. Doss, Christopher Feigum, Elizabeth Futral, Roger Honeywell, Joseph Kaiser, Maria Kanyova, Quinn Kelsey, Gregory Kunde, Dina Kuznetsova, Emily Magee, Amanda Majeski, Susanna Phillips, Matthew Polenzani, Christian Van Horn, Amber Wagner, and Erin Wall.

      The Ryan Opera Center Recital Series is made possible by the generous support of Julie and Roger Baskes.

      Recitals will be broadcast on the first Tuesday of the month at 8:00 pm.
      The series producer is Daniel Goldberg. Program engineer is Christopher Willis. The program is administered by Director Dan Novak and music director Craig Terry. Renée Fleming is serves as an advisor.

      Program Schedule | Fall 2015 / Spring 2016

      Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm 

      Duo Recital with Annie Rosen and Jesse Donner

      Mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen and tenor Jesse Donner take the stage to sing solo works by Anton Webern, Gabriel Faure, and Gustav Mahler. And will also be singing a delightful duet from the comic genius of Flanders and Swann. They’ll be accompanied by the Ryan Opera Center’s music director, Craig Terry. 

      Tuesday, November 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm 

      Duo Recital with Alec Carlson and Bradley Smoak

      Tenor Alec Carlson and bass Bradley Smoak are featured on this duo recital which features works by Franz Liszt, Charles Ives, and Benjamin Britten. And for a special treat we will hear a duet inspired by the Marx Brothers’ film At the Circus. The Ryan Opera Center’s music director, Craig Terry, will join them on piano.