A veteran of over 35 years at Lyric Opera of Chicago (and the longest serving Assistant Conductor in the history of the company), Eric Weimer has coached over 140 Lyric productions  as well as an additional 120 productions in other international houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and the Bayreuth Festival. Renowned particularly for his expertise in German opera, he has prepared no less than 17 different productions of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle. Active also as a coach and teacher of young singers, he has served as one of the principal coaches of Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center since 1990.