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Chicago Voices Talk | Classical: Chicago Women in Opera

Mary Garden, c. 1910. CHM, ICHi-18410

Discover the women who forged one of the most notable opera houses in the world. Delve into the larger-than-life story of famed soprano diva Mary Garden, as well as trailblazers Carol Fox and Ardis Krainik, and their lasting influence on opera in Chicago. Panelists include Roger Pines, Lyric Opera dramaturg, and Wynne Delacoma, longtime classical music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chicago Voices explores Chicago’s rich vocal history and its contributions to gospel, classical, and hip-hop music. Ayana Contreras, WBEZ contributor and host of Vocalo’s Reclaimed Soul, moderates a panel series that features music experts and dynamic live performances. Each event includes a panel discussion, performance interludes by Chicago artists, and a Q&A session.

Savor live performances by vocalists from the Lyric’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center:

Lindsay Metzger, a native of Mundelein, Illinois, is currently a second-year member of the Ryan Opera Center. The mezzo-soprano has appeared in four roles on Lyric’s main stage, most recently Garcias/Don Quichotte and Alisa/Lucia di Lammermoor. Later this season she will portray Mercédès/Carmen. Among her numerous awards are the Paul Collins Fellowship from University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Virginia Cooper Meier Award from the Musician’s Club of Women.


Whitney Morrison is a classically-trained singer with a colorful and voluminous soprano instrument. Morrison has performed the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In addition, she was the first place winner in the R. Nathaniel Dett Club NANM Scholarship Competition. In early October, Morrison prepares to make her Harris Theater debut, opening the Ear Taxi Chicago Festival of New Music with world-renowned composer and jazz musician Patricia Barber.





Additional price: $5 students.

Chicago Voices TALK is made possible by support from J. Thomas Hurvis, Parent Power Chicago, and Bank of America. The series is part of the Lyric’s Chicago Voices, a groundbreaking multiyear initiative celebrating the city’s vibrant, diverse vocal music culture.

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7:00 p.m.



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