Lyric Opera of Chicago announces roster of artists for 2022/23 ensemble

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, the professional artist development program of Lyric Opera of Chicago, has announced the full roster of 16 artists making up its 2022/23 Ensemble. The Ensemble begins its rigorous program this month in Chicago. Freshman sopranos Kathryn Henry and Lindsey Reynolds, tenors Ryan Capozzo and Alejandro Luévanos, baritones Laureano Quant and Ian Rucker, and basses Ron Dukes and William Clay Thompson join six returning Ensemble members: soprano Denis Vélez , mezzo-soprano Katherine DeYoung, tenors Martin Luther Clark and Lunga Eric Hallam, conductor/pianist Donald Lee III and pianist Chris Reynolds.

Additionally, the Ryan Opera Center is expanding its ranks in 2022/23 to include two new positions: Director and Stage Manager. Filling those roles for the first time in the program’s history will be Ryan Opera Center director Luther H. Lewis III and stage manager Tess Naval. Each will be offered a full range of training activities and performance experiences that will be tailored to individual artists and provide them with the skills, expertise and professional network needed to launch a successful career.

For nearly five decades, the Ryan Opera Center has nurtured the talents of a wide range of the most promising singers and pianists. Building on this legacy, the program has launched an expansion of its Ensemble to include top emerging conductors/pianists (from 2021/22), directors and stage managers (both from 2022/23). This important pipeline initiative further demonstrates the Ryan Opera Center’s longstanding support of Lyric’s principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA), through which the company aims to continuously reshape the form and the opera industry to better reflect the dynamic diversity of our city. and our country. The 2022/23 Ensemble is the most diverse in Ryan Opera Center history, with 10 of the 16 Ensemble members identifying as BIPOC.

2022/23 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble


Kathryn Henry (Sheboygan, Wis.)
Lindsey Reynolds (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Denis Velez (Puebla, Pue, Mexico)


Katherine DeYoung (Traverse City, Michigan)


Ryan Capozzo (Huntington, New York)
Martin Luther Clark (Marshall, TX)
Lunga Eric Hallam (Khayelitsha, South Africa)
Alejandro Luevanos (Durango, Mexico)


Laureano Quant (Barranquilla, Colombia)
Ian Rucker (Oshkosh, Wis.)


Ron Dukes (Indianapolis, Indiana)
William Clay Thompson (Lexington, Kentucky)


Donald Lee III (Hampton, Virginia)


Chris Reynolds (Ithaca, New York)


Luther H. Lewis III (Evansville, Indiana)


Tess Naval (Chicago, Ill.)

From left to right: Luther H. Lewis III (director of the Ryan Opera Center), Tess Naval (stage manager of the Ryan Opera Center), Chris Reynolds (pianist of the Ryan Opera Center), Donald Lee III (conductor/pianist of the Ryan Opera Center)

About Lyric

Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to redefining what it means to experience great opera. The company is committed to delivering consistently excellent artistry through innovative, relevant and festive programming that engages and energizes new and traditional audiences.

Under the leadership of Managing Director, President and CEO Anthony Freud, Music Director Enrique Mazzola and Special Projects Advisor Renée Fleming, Lyric is dedicated to reflecting and drawing strength from Chicago’s diversity. Lyric delivers, through innovation, collaboration, and evolving learning opportunities, audience and community experiences that are ever more exciting, accessible, and engaging. We are also committed to training the artists of the future, through the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center; and to become increasingly diverse among our audiences, staff, programming, and artists, magnifying the welcoming appeal of our art form, our business, and our city.

Through the timeless power of voice, the splendor of a great orchestra and choir, theater, dance, design and truly magnificent scenography, Lyric is dedicated to immersing audiences in worlds both familiar and unexpected, creating shared experiences that resonate long after the curtain goes up. down.

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About Ryan Opera Center

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center is Lyric’s premier artist development program that nurtures the talents of some of the most promising opera artists of every generation. Members of the Program’s Ensemble earn their coveted spot by successfully auditioning among more than 400 artists from around the world. Its alumni are among the dominant names in opera today. The generosity of donors ensures unparalleled continuing education, performance experience and professional preparation for Ensemble members. This highly competitive program, established in 1974, is honored to have the support of acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming as an advisor, as well as full-time director Dan Novak, music director Craig Terry and director of vocal studies Julia Faulkner .

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