Lyric Opera of Chicago – 2022-2023 Season Chorus Auditions

March 7, 2022
March 28, 2022

Lyric Opera of Chicago is holding chorus auditions in all voice categories for singers who are prepared for professional careers.

General Director: Anthony Freud
Music Director: Enrique Mazzola
Chorus Master: Michael Black
Special Projects Advisor: Renée Fleming

Monday, April 4, 2022 4:30-7:30pm
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 4:00-7:00pm
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 5:00-7:30pm
Thursday, April 7, 2022 5:30-8:30pm
Friday, April 8, 2022 3:00-6:00pm
Saturday, April 9, 2022 11:00am-2:00pm

Applicants must sing a preliminary audition to be considered for a callback audition. Please note that callback auditions are not always requested of singers in consideration for contracts.

Saturday, April 9, 2022 3:00-6:00pm

The 2022/2023 performance season runs from September 9 through November 26, 2022 and March 11 through April 8, 2023. Rehearsals will begin at the end of July. A full (tentative) schedule of rehearsals and performances will be provided prior to the commencement of rehearsals. The Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric Opera of Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Please ensure materials are received no later than 5:00pm CDT on Monday, March 28, 2022. Late applications will not be considered.

For audition consideration, singers must submit:

  • Current résumé
  • Headshot
  • Proof of vaccination (including booster shot, when eligible)
  • Letter that states your first, second, and third preferences of audition dates
  • Contact information for two references of recognized musical authority with whom you have worked. Please ensure your references are notified that Lyric may contact them.

Please email the above to:
OR mail to:
Chorus Auditions Coordinator
Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 860
Chicago, IL 60606

Successful applicants are expected to prepare two opera arias that best demonstrate your vocal ability. These arias must be sung in two contrasting languages and must be memorized. Singers may be asked to sight-read. The ability to read and memorize music quickly and accurately is a must. You should anticipate an audition lasting no longer than four minutes; please plan your repertoire accordingly. Lyric Opera of Chicago will furnish an accompanist. You must provide a legible copy of each aria, in the correct key, for the accompanist. Auditionees must be United States citizens OR possess, at the time of the audition, legal permission to work in the United States of America during the rehearsal and performance period. Lyric Opera of Chicago employs a professional chorus under an AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) contract and pays competitive wages. You need not be a union member to audition.

Lyric Opera audition hotline: (312) 827-3548