Lyric Opera of Chicago – 2023-2024 Chorus Auditions

February 28, 2023
March 27, 2023

Chorus Auditions
2023/2024 Season
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago is holding chorus auditions in all voice categories for singers who are prepared for professional careers. Auditions will be held in Chicago and in New York City.

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

Preliminary Auditions (Chicago):

Chicago auditions will take place at Civic Opera House (20 N Wacker Drive, Chicago) on the following dates:

  • Monday, April 3, 2023, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 4:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 11-1:30pm
  • Saturday, April 8, 2023, 11:00am-2:00pm

Preliminary Auditions (New York):

New York auditions will take place at the National Opera Center (330 7th Ave, 7th Floor, New York, NY) on the following date:

  • Thursday, April 6, 2023, 11-2pm

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.

Callback Auditions (Chicago):

  • Saturday, April 8, 2022 3:00-6:00pm


Auditions are by invitation only:

Please ensure materials are received no later than 5:00pm CDT on Monday, March 27, 2023. Late applications will not be considered.

For audition consideration, singers must submit:

  • Current résumé
  • Headshot
  • Proof of vaccination (including booster shot)
  • 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 N Wacker Drive, Suite 860
Chicago, IL 60606

Audition Requirements:

Successful applicants must be prepared to present two, memorized opera arias in different languages.

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.


Rehearsal and Performance Period:

The 2023/2024 performance season runs from September 23 through November 26, 2023 and January 21 through April 7, 2024. Rehearsals will begin in August. 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.

For More Information:
Lyric Opera audition hotline: (312) 827-3548