Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces ‘Rising Stars in Concert’ For 2020

By David Salazar
(Credit: Simon Pauly / David Lack)

The Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago is set to present “Rising Stars in Concert” on Jan. 19, 2020.

The concert will feature music of  Bellini, Berlioz, Bizet, Debussy, Donizetti, Rossini, R. Strauss, and Verdi, among others, with the aim of spotlighting the artists of the 2019-20 Ryan Opera Center Ensemble. These artists include sopranos Mathilda Edge and Emily Pogorelc; mezzo-sopranos Kayleigh Decker and Kathleen Felty; contralto Lauren Decker; tenors Eric Ferring and Mario Rojas; baritones Christopher Kenney and Ricardo José Rivera; bass-baritone David Weigel; bass Anthony Reed; and pianist Madeline Slettedahl.

The young artists will be performing alongside the Lyric Opera Orchestra, under the musical direction of Ari Pelto.

“Every year I am continuously impressed by the talent and dedication of our Ryan Opera Center Ensemble,” stated Anthony Freud, Lyric’s general director, president & CEO in a press release. “The group this year has already achieved so much in their training and in their performances on the Lyric stage. I’m very happy that our generous donors and Lyric family will have the opportunity to see these young artists shine in one of our favorite concerts of the year.”