Contralto Lauren Decker is a member of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center and has performed in several productions with the company, including Il Trovatore, Elektra, and La Traviata. She was a national semi-finalist in the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, having previously been a two-time recipient of an Encouragement Award in the Upper Midwest Region. The Wisconsin native holds a B.F.A. in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has appeared in opera scenes with Milwaukee's Kalliope Vocal Arts. Ms. Decker has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Apollo Chorus and Elmhurst Symphony and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the South Dakota Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Zimbabwe). Winner of the 2019 Edith Newfield scholarship with the Musicians Club of Women, Ms. Decker returns to the Lyric stage next season in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and Die Walküre. She makes her San Francisco Symphony debut at this performance.