November 2 - 22, 2019
Dead Man Walking
Contralto Lauren Decker, a fourth-year member of the Ryan Opera Center, was a national semifinalist in the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, having previously been a two-time recipient of an Encouragement Award at their Upper Midwest Region. Professional engagements include covering Mary/The Flying Dutchman at Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, where she also performed in opera scenes with Kalliope Vocal Arts. The Wisconsin native holds a B.F.A. in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Decker has participated in Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, the American Wagner Project (Washington, D.C.) and the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto (Italy). She portrayed Sally/Barber’s A Hand of Bridge at the Up North Vocal Institute (Boyne Falls, Michigan) and has performed in concert with The Grant Park Music Festival (The Old Maid and the Thief) the Apollo Chorus/Elmhurst Symphony (Verdi Requiem), Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Zimbabwe). Winner of the 2018 Lola Fletcher scholarship in voice with the American Opera Society of Chicago, Decker has been featured in the Harris Theater’s Beyond the Aria series alongside Christine Goerke and Eric Owens and, later, Michael Fabiano and Zachary Nelson. At Lyric, she has appeared in The Magic Flute, Rigoletto, Die Walküre, and I puritani, and in 2018/19 sang Inez/Il trovatore, the First Maid/Elektra, and Annina/La traviata. In 2019/20, Decker sings Jade Boucher/Dead Man Walking and Schwertleite/Die Walküre, while also understudying Federica/Luisa Miller, 1st Norn/Götterdämmerung, and Erda/Das Rheingold.
Lauren Decker is sponsored by Anonymous Donor, Susan M. Miller, and the Thierer Family Foundation.