Lyric Opera of Chicago Names Whitney Morrison as First-Ever Artist-in-Residence

By David Salazar

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced that soprano Whitney Morrison is its first-ever Artist-in-Residence.

Morrison is an alumna of The Patrick G. Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center and recently appeared in the world premiere of “Proximity.” She has also performed in such operas as “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” Dead Man Walking,” “Elektra,” and “Idomeneo.” She was also part of the Grammy-nominated recording of “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X.”

“I am grateful to Lyric and the greater Chicago community for providing a wealth of opportunity to share and hone my craft,” said Morrison in an official press statement. “It is a true honor to be the first artist selected to participate in this program and I am excited to explore my creativity in this new capacity made possible by it.”

In this new role, she will continue to perform existing and new work and will also engage in unique performance experiences. Among her presentations will be “Growing Room,” “a mobile greenhouse structure that will serve as a voice studio and practice room in public spaces around the city.”

She will perform the showcase at Stony Island Arts Bank on May 21, followed by another at the Garfield Park Conservatory on May 24; one at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on June 1; and a final one on June 2 at the Navy Pier.