Whitney Morrison


The soprano, a Chicago native and a Ryan Opera Center alumna, triumphed as Sister Rose in the Lyric premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (2019/20), and previously portrayed supporting roles in Die Walküre, Elektra, Idomeneo, and Rigoletto at Lyric. Additional credits include the Harris Theater’s “Beyond the Aria” series; Miss Pinkerton/The Old Maid and the Thief at the Grant Park Music Festival; an appearance at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy; and Donna Anna/Don Giovanni with Chicago’s Floating Opera Company. A graduate of Alabama’s Oakwood University, Morrison earned her Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music and has also studied at Germany’s Neil Semer Vocal Institute and Italy’s Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto. Competition successes include top prizes in the National Classical Singer University Competition, the R. Nathaniel Dett Club NANM Scholarship Competition, and the Musicians Club of Women Competition. 

Previously at Lyric: Five roles since 2017/18, most recently Sister Rose/Dead Man Walking (2019|20), Confidante/Elektra, First Cretan Woman/Idomeneo (both 2018|19). She also performed in Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter.

Last updated: July 26, 2020
Photo: Simon Pauly