Kayleigh Decker

Winner Luminarts Fellowship 2019
First Place Musicians Club of Women Scholarship Competition 2019
Recipient Sara Tucker Study Grant 2019

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Praised for her “dulcet-toned mezzo-soprano” by the Wall Street Journal, Kayleigh is currently an ensemble member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

She made her Lyric Opera debut as Second Cretan Woman Idomeneo in 2018, shortly followed by Dorothée in Laurent Pelly’s critically acclaimed Cendrillon under Sir Andrew Davis that same year. Still to come this season she sings Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly. Notable cover roles in Chicago include Le Prince Charmant Cendrillon, Rosina The Barber of Seville, Laura Luisa Miller and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni conducted by James Gaffigan.

A passionate song interpreter, she was named one of Caramoor’s 2018 Schwab Vocal Rising Stars, and was also part of the inaugural season of Renée Fleming’s SongStudio at Carnegie Hall. She has given recitals produced by the Cincinnati Song Initiative, and this season performs a solo recital at Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center.

Future plans include her Glyndebourne Festival debut covering Ruggiero Alcina, Annio La Clemenza di Tito for Opéra de Rouen also touring to Paris, and a return to the Lyric Opera as a guest artist.



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    11 Jan 20 Citywide Recital
    Carnegie Hall New York

    “Extraordinary mezzo-soprano … For their recital at St. Michael’s Church on New York’s Upper West Side, the elegant mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker and the exciting pianist Madeline Slettedahl conceived a program that was fresh and entertaining, with a political edge that created just the right amount of frisson … Every note that Decker, the possessor of a shimmering mezzo-soprano, sang was pure vocal gold. She has that essential quality for a song recitalist: the ability to create miniature worlds through her voice, expressive face and judiciously employed hand movements. Most importantly, her voice is equal to the expectations that her innate glamour and poise instantly raise. In other words, as a friend put it after the recital, she’s the whole package.”
    Rick Perdian, Seen and Heard International, 15 January 2020

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    26 Jan 19 SongStudio Recital
    Carnegie Hall New York

    “I was totally unprepared for the torrent of emotions she unleashed in Sibelius’ ‘Var det en dröm?’ The voice was stunning.”
    Rick Perdian, Seen and Heard International, 30 January 2019


BARBER Vanessa (Erika)
HANDEL Alcina (Ruggiero)
HANDEL Ariodante (Title Role)
JANACEK The Cunning Little Vixen (Fox)
MASSENET Cendrillon (Prince Charmant/Dorothée)
MOZART Le nozze di Figaro (Cherubino)
MOZART Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira)
MOZART Idomeneo (Idamante)
PUCCINI Madama Butterfly (Kate Pinkerton)
ROSSINI Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
ROSSINI La Cenerentola (Angelina)
STRAUSS Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky)
VERDI La Traviata (Flora)
WAGNER Das Rheingold (Wellgunde)
WAGNER Gotterdammerung (Wellgunde)

MOZART Requiem
BACH B Minor Mass
HANDEL Messiah
ROSSINI Stabat Mater