Lyric Opera of Chicago – Lyric Unlimited General Auditions

March 4, 2024
March 22, 2024

Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold general auditions in Chicago for prospective opera singers to participate in future Lyric Unlimited programming, including the Opera in the Neighborhoods children’s opera presentation of Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World during the periods September 23 – November 2, 2024 and April 7 – April 26, 2025.

All ethnicities welcome, artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Artists should be local to the Chicagoland area.


Auditions will take place at Lyric Opera of Chicago; 40 North Wacker Drive (stage door) as follows:
Friday, April 5, 2024                            4:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday April 6, 2024                        12:00pm – 4:00pm



To be considered, please submit resume, headshot, and an audio or video recording of an aria to Please also indicate if you are available during the Opera in the Neighborhoods periods.

Deadline for submission is Friday March 22, 2024.


Auditions will be awarded based on review of submitted materials.

Not all applicants are guaranteed an audition, and all auditions must be done live in Chicago.

Applicants will be notified if they have been granted an audition by March 27.

Walk-ins will not be seen.  ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS



Successful applicants should prepare at least two opera arias that best demonstrate their vocal ability. One aria must be in English, the other may be in a contrasting language. Arias must be memorized. Lyric Opera of Chicago will provide an accompanist; artists must furnish a legible copy of each aria in the correct key for the accompanist.

Artists at Lyric Opera of Chicago are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). Should an artist be hired, they will be required to join this union if they are not already a member. 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.

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About Lyric Opera of Chicago and Lyric Unlimited

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s mission is to express and promote the life-changing, transformational, revelatory power of great opera. Lyric exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to Chicago and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form. Lyric Unlimited is Lyric’s department devoted to education, community engagement, and new artistic initiatives. To learn more about Lyric’s current and future season, visit

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.