Contralto Lauren Decker, a third-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 Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera, 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. She 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 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 was featured last season alongside Christine Goerke and Eric Owens in the Harris Theater’s Beyond the Aria
series. At Lyric, where she has appeared in The Magic Flute, Rigoletto, Die Walküre
, and I puritani
, she will perform in 2018/19 as Inez/Il trovatore,
the First Maid/Elektra,
and Annina/La traviata
, while also understudying Erda/Siegfried
and Mme. de la Haltière/Cendrillon.
Lauren Decker is sponsored by Anonymous Donor, Susan M. Miller, and the Thierer Family Foundation.
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