Ryan Opera Center Recital Series

First Sundays at 7:00 pm
Ryan Opera Center Recital Series

Members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s professional artist-development program perform duo and trio recitals.

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center was established in 1974 as the professional artist-development program for Lyric Opera of Chicago. 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. Since its inception, the Ryan Opera Center has been recognized as one of the premier programs of its kind in the world. The radio series features members in duo and trio recitals throughout the opera season. To find out more about the Ryan Opera Center visit: https://www.lyricopera.org/ryanoperacenter

Duo Recital: Whitney Morrison and Takaoki Onishi

March 4, 2018

Soprano, Whitney Morrison and baritone, Takaoki Onishi are the featured singers in a program featuring beautiful songs from the 20th century. 


February 4, 2018

The Ryan Opera Center presents a collection of old and new waltzes in an ensemble program.

Duo Recital: Emmett O’Hanlon and Patrick Guetti

January 7, 2018

Songs of Purcell and Brahms are paired with music by Gene Sheer and the classic Irish tune "O Danny Boy" on this recital. Performing will be Emmett O'Hanlon and Patrick Guetti.

Duo Recital: Ann Toomey and Lindsay Metzger

December 3, 2017

Soprano Ann Toomey and mezzo-soprano Lindsay Metzger perform works of Debussy, Poulenc, Caplet, and Weill and together will perform a duet by Chasusson.

Duo Recital: Lauren Decker and Alan Higgs

November 5, 2017

Ryan Opera Center contralto, Lauren Decker will perform Edward Elgar’s atmospheric song-cycle Sea Pictures and bass-baritone, Alan Higgs will sing works by Mozart, Gershwin, and Barber.

Duo Recital: Diana Newman and Josh Lovell

October 1, 2017

Ryan Opera Center tenor Josh Lovell performs works by Kurt Weill, Benjamin Britten, and Sigmund Romberg and Diana Newman will sing Tom Cipullo’s song cycle How to Get Heat Without Fire and three American popular songs.

Duo Recital: Alec Carlson & Emmett O’Hanlon

June 4, 2017

Our next Ryan Opera Center recital brings us the voices of tenor Alec Carlson and baritone Emmett O’Hanlon.  Mr. Carlson will be singing “Morire” (“To die”) from Puccini’s La rondine and a song cycle by living American composer Tom Cipullo based on poems by Billy Collins. Mr. O’Hanlon will be performing Lee Hoiby’s dramatic and poignant “Last Letter Home,” we will also ...

Operatic Rarities

May 7, 2017

The Ryan Opera Center takes on rarely heard operatic music in a program featuring the many different voices of the ensemble.  Music of Mozart and Korngold are highlighted as well as Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire.  Joining the singers will be pianists Craig Terry and Mario Antonio Marra.

Neapolitan Music

April 2, 2017

Take a trip to Naples, Italy with a program of Neapolitan music that was arranged by Ryan Opera Center pianist, Mario Antonio Marra.  Featuring a variety of voices from the Ryan Opera Center the program will feature music by Gaetano Donizetti, Paolo Tosti, Roberto Falvo, and Ernesto de Curtis.  Join us for this colorful and passionate program of Neapolitan music.

Duo Recital: Annie Rosen and Patrick Guetti

February 5, 2017

Mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen and bass Patrick Guetti are accompanied by guest pianist Alan Darling.  Annie sings a set of songs by Russian composer Nicolai Medtner which are based on the poetry of Goethe.  While Patrick performs songs by Jacques Ibert about the legendary character Don Quixote.  Together, they sing a pair of duets by Brahms.

Duo Recital: Jonathan Johnson & Takaoki Onishi

January 1, 2017

Our recital this week begins with the duet “Mimi, tu piu non torni” from Puccini’s La boheme. It features the talents of Ryan Opera Center tenor, Jonathan Johnson and baritone Takaoki Onishi.  Also on the program, Mr. Onishi will be taking on Gustav Mahler’s acclaimed song-cycle, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen or Songs of a Wayfarer. And Mr. Johnson will be singing four songs from 19th century ...

Duo Recital: Hlengiwe Mhkwanazi & Mingjie Lei

December 4, 2016

Songs by Henry Purcell, Richard Strauss, and John Carter will be performed on the next recital.  Our singers this week have come a long way from home to be part of Ryan Opera Center.  From South Africa, we have soprano Hlengiwe Mhkwanazi, and from China, tenor Mingjie Lei. They will be accompanied by Craig Terry on piano and will also ...

Trio Recital: Ann Toomey, Jesse Donner, and Mario Antonio Marra

November 6, 2016

In this recital, hear soprano Ann Toomey, tenor Jesse Donner, and pianist Mario Antonio Marra. Jesse and Mario perform one of the great songs of the 19th century, Franz Schubert’s famous ballad Der Erlkönig. Also, Mario and Ann perform a piece from Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona’s zarzuela, Maria La O.

Duo Recital: Lindsay Metzger and Bradley Smoak

October 2, 2016

On in this recital, hear mezzo-soprano Lindsay Metzger and bass-baritone Bradley Smoak.  Bradley performs one of the earliest examples of a 19th century German art song with Beethoven’s “An die ferne Geliebte” (“To my beloved, far away”). Lindsay sings and speaks about Sibelius’ set of songs, Op. 37. And together they perform a duet from Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. Ryan Opera Center music director Craig ...