Manager, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Work Location: In-office


  • Full Time
  • Chicago, IL
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Opera

Lyric Opera of Chicago

REPORTS TO:       Director, Ryan Opera Center

STATUS:               Full-time, exempt


Through artistic excellence coupled with innovative, relevant programming; initiatives to connect with and grow new audiences; engagement with communities to ignite creativity across Chicago; and a modernized Opera House that is the setting for truly great experiences, Lyric is leading the advancement of opera. This collaborative vision will deliver ever more exciting, thought-provoking and inclusive audience and community experiences – while increasing the gravitational pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center (ROC), Lyric’s professional development program, strives to identify and nurture the best emerging artists of the next generation – and to provide its Ensemble members with the highest possible level of experience in training & performance activities and professional enhancement offerings – all in an effort to set the stage so that Ensemble members are in the best position to create and take advantage of opportunities for leading successful operatic careers.

The Ryan Opera Center Manager oversees all department administrative functions and supports the program’s operations and collaborations with departments across Lyric.



·         Manage all ROC day-to-day operations, encompassing all aspects of scheduling, budget/financial administration, production and music needs for all programs, performances, and auditions.
·         Oversee ROC’s national auditions tour planning and execution, managing every aspect of the application and audition process for 400+ singers each year.
·         Plan and implement ROC’s annual Final Auditions and coordinate all logistics with multiple departments.
·         Administer the WFMT Recital Recordings, including planning and logistics for artist, staff, and donor participants.
·         Work with ROC Director and other colleagues to produce digital content for Lyric Opera of Chicago involving ROC Ensemble, and oversee communications with artists, staff, and production team.
·         Make proposals to ROC Director, ROC Music Director, and ROC Director of Vocal Studies concerning program artistic goals, curriculum, and training and performance activities scheduling.
·         Regularly evaluate department operations and recommend updates for improvement, greater efficiency, etc.
·         Help monitor the progress of Ensemble members, and share advice on professional goals and career planning. Develop and maintain working relationships with colleagues in the industry and a strong knowledge of casting and artistic professionals.
·         Manage logistics and scheduling for all ROC administration, Ensemble, faculty, guest artists, conductors, and production staff.
·         Coordinate auditions for visiting artist managers and opera company administrators throughout the year.
·         Manage communications with colleagues at collaborating organizations on needed music, production, and promotional details.
·         Oversee all non-union ROC performance and personnel contracts. Implement and track union contracts as needed.
·         Create and oversee department budgets for the fiscal year, long-range planning, and decision-making. Process all invoices for payment, and oversee ROC payroll.
·         Train and onboard ROC-focused colleagues in Development, Marketing, Finance, HR, and Production, and oversee the ROC intern.

·         Assist with and advise on Development’s ROC fundraising efforts. Occasionally produce grant budgets and supporting documentation.

·         Work with the Lyric Boards Team, communicate with ROC’s Board of Directors; review and edit all Board minutes, agendas, reports, and other related correspondence.

·         Create content with Marketing Department on all ROC promotions, including print, digital, website, and social media initiatives.

·         Participate in weekly meetings with ROC Administration. Provide administrative oversight and support to ROC Director, ROC Music Director, and ROC Director of Vocal Studies.

·         As the business evolves, so may this role. These duties may change as Lyric’s leadership identifies the need at any time.



·         Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in music, or equivalent experience.

·         Minimum of 5 years’ experience.

·         Strong organizational, interpersonal dynamics and oral/written communications, including demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of personalities, are required.

·         Supervisory or team leadership background needed to monitor and evaluate artists and staff successfully.

·         Previous experience in administration, production (under union contracts), marketing, budgeting, and finance, all are required.

·         Previous experience in working with young artists is desired.

·         Proficiency with word-processing and spreadsheet software (MS-Office) is required.

·         Broad-based knowledge of music and opera is essential.

·         Knowledge involving development software, scheduling software, and social media platforms is desired.

·         Ability to work and think independently, a motivated self-starter who works well in a larger team.



·         Ability to regularly monitor communications and respond as needed during evenings and weekends.

·         Ability to occasionally oversee evening or weekend functions, deployments, or performances.

·         Sitting/standing for extended periods.

·         Ability to operate a computer, keyboard, mouse, and to handle other office equipment.





The Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to enhancing our diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric 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.

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