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"Norma was Maria Callas' favorite showcase for her legendary voice. Renata Scotto once called the role of Norma 'the Everest of opera.' Well, Soprano Christine Lyons climbs that peak with banners flying. She's a true virtuosa, dazzling us with her mastery of all those Bel Canto coloratura fireworks- all the runs, trills and staccato arpeggios and cadenzas that decorate the long, free-ranging melody lines."
Acclaimed for her performances of opera’s leading heroines, Christine Lyons has been hailed a “true virtuosa” (Broadway World), exclaimed a “revelation” (Gay City News), and been lauded for her “impressive range of emotions, all of them personified by her soaring soprano” (Maryland Theater Guide). This season, she joins San Francisco Opera for the world premiere of John Adams’ Antony and Cleopatra, and will perform in concert the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Maryland Opera in "Bravissimo Bel Canto" and Liú in Turandot with Toledo Opera in "Celebrazione del Coro". Ms. Lyons will welcome next season in Union Ave Opera’s Don Pasquale as Norina and returns to San Francisco Opera as the Leonora cover in Il Trovatore.
Last season, Lyons gave inspired performances of Handel’s Agrippina with Florida Grand Opera, and Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with IlluminArts Miami, with Palm Beach Arts noting her “grace, powerful presence, and rippling soprano,” and South Florida Classical writing that she brought “a regal bearing and opulent timbre to Handel’s showpiece solos.” In concert, she sang with Lyric Fest at The Academy of Vocal Arts in My Letter to the World.
Exceptionally celebrated in the bel canto repertoire, Lyons has starred in the title roles of Bellini’s La Straniera at Lincoln Center and Bellini’s Norma with Winter Opera St. Louis, garnering her the Outstanding Achievement in Opera award nomination from the 2020 St. Louis Theater Circle. As well, she has reimagined Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Saltworks Opera, Amenaide in Rossini’s Tancredi with Teatro Nuovo, and Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore with City Lyric Opera.
Lyons was the featured artist on Celebrating Our Musical Future with WWFM Classical Radio, and her artistry has been celebrated in such publications as Opera News, The New York Times, Opera Magazine (London), Musical America Worldwide, Operawire, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and New York Classical Review.
UPCOMING SEASON ENGAGEMENTS
Lyons' upcoming engagements include the title role in Donizetti's Lucia with Maryland Opera, Liú in Turandot with Toledo Opera in Celebrazione del Coro, and Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale with Union Avenue Opera.
LISTEN & WATCH CHRISTINE LYONS
Listen to Lyons sing operatic specialties of Bellini, Rossini, and Verdi and view the Gallery for moments from her favorite performances.
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