Lauren Decker

Contralto / Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Rising star, Lauren Decker, possesses a booming contralto with “amber low notes” that is in a league of its own. She is lauded for “pouring out a dark, chocolatey sound with a plushness of tone and amplitude of voice rarely heard in a young singer”.

Lauren spent this past summer as a Fleming Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. She was featured as the mezzo soloist in the season opening performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under the baton of Mo. Robert Spano. She was also seen as Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Eduige in Rodelinda. This season, she will make her Opera Philadelphia debut as Giovanna in Rigoletto. Ms. Decker covered the role of Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried, 1st Norn in Götterdämmerung, and performed Schwertleite in Die Walküre as a part of David Pountney’s “brilliantly imaginative”, new Ring Cycle at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Lauren made her Lyric Opera debut as Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte and went on to perform as Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking, First Maid in Elektra, Inez in Il trovatore, Enrichetta di Francia in I puritani, and Annina in La traviata. While there, she also covered the roles of Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Hécuba/Anna in Les Troyens, and Marthe Schwertlein in Faust. Outside of the mainstage, Lauren was seen as Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief at the Grant Park Music Festival.

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Reviews

“When contralto Lauren Decker sings her solo we feel so much primal energy that we wonder if a seismograph is registering the performance too.”

New York Times, Feb 2017

No matter: the instrument of third-year Ryan Opera Center contralto Lauren Decker is beginning to fulfill its promise of volume, range, and drama. Her alloyed tone penetrated through the chorus, orchestra, audience, and probably beyond the church walls out to Roosevelt Road.

Oliver Camacho

Vocal Arts Chicago

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“When contralto Lauren Decker sings her solo we feel so much primal energy that we wonder if a seismograph is registering the performance too.”

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“No matter: the instrument of third-year Ryan Opera Center contralto Lauren Decker is beginning to fulfill its promise of volume, range, and drama. Her alloyed tone penetrated through the chorus, orchestra, audience, and probably beyond the church walls out to Roosevelt Road.”

Vocal Arts Chicago

Contralto Lauren Decker, a member of Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center, expressed grief in amber low notes as Smeaton, the queen’s page.”

Chicago Tribune

The women of this cast did quite well by Menotti’s score, contralto Lauren Decker offering throaty low notes, ample bloom up top and voluptuousness of timbre throughout as Miss Todd.

Chicago Tribune

“I was shocked by the size and beauty of Lauren Decker’s contralto as perhaps the most effective Inez of my experience. I had heard Ms. Decker previously in several smaller roles at Lyric, but here she makes a major step forward.”

Parterre Box

“Now I’d like to talk about contralto Lauren Decker, In recent seasons, I’ve heard her make small roles stand out – the best Annina in Traviata and Inez in Trovatore in my experience, pouring out dark, chocolatey sound with a plushness of tone and amplitude of voice rarely heard in a young singer. And here, in the concert, she was again stunning as Princess de Bouillon in the act two duet “Non risponde” from Adriana Lecouvreur, dramatically stirring with remarkable high and low notes.”

Parterre Box

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