Whitney Morrison


Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi


Whitney Morrison

Soprano Whitney Morrison, a first-year Ryan Opera Center member and Chicago native, earned her bachelor’s degree in vocal music and pedagogy at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. While a student there she portrayed Miss Pinkerton/Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief and, as a soloist with the university’s Aeolians ensemble, toured to venues throughout America as well as to Moscow. Subsequently she earned a master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music. She has also studied and performed in Germany at the Neil Semer Vocal Institute. Among her other performance credits are an appearance at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, “MLK Expressions,” featuring Tavis Smiley; her debut at Rochester’s Kodak Hall singing Gershwin’s “My Man’s Gone Now” with the Eastman Wind Ensemble; and, in Chicago, Donna Anna/Don Giovanni with the Floating Opera Company. Morrison’s successes in competitions 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. The soprano is also a two-time recipient of the UNCF John Lennon Endowed Scholarship and a former finalist in the Luminarts Classical Music Competition.

At Lyric Opera this season, Morrison will debut as Countess Ceprano/Rigoletto and portray Gerhilde/Die Walküre (new production).

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