Chicago native Whitney Morrison, a recent Ryan Opera Center alumna, earned her bachelor’s degree in vocal music and pedagogy at Alabama’s Oakwood University. While there she sang Miss Pinkerton/Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, a role she reprises at the 2018 Grant Park Music Festival, and was a soloist with the university’s prestigious Aeolians ensemble. Morrison’s training also includes a master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music, the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto (Italy), and the Neil Semer Vocal Institute (Germany). Other performance credits include an appearance at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, “MLK Expressions”; her debut at Rochester’s Kodak Hall singing Gershwin’s “My Man’s Gone Now” with the Eastman Wind Ensemble; and Donna Anna/Don Giovanni with Chicago’s Floating Opera Company. 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. The soprano is a two-time recipient of the UNCF John Lennon Endowed Scholarship and a former finalist in the Luminarts Classical Music Competition. At Lyric, Morrison understudied Liù/Turandot and Marguerite/Faust and sang Countess Ceprano/Rigoletto (debut) and Gerhilde/Die Walküre, she also appeared in 2018/19 as the First Cretan Woman/Idomeneo and the Confidante/Elektra, while also understudying Mimì/La bohème. She is slated to appear in Lyric’s 2019/20 season as Sister Rose/Dead Man Walking.