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ABOUT

Soprano

BIOGRAPHY

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CHRISTINE LYONS [she/her] is a critically acclaimed soprano who has been hailed a “true virtuosa” by Broadway World, exclaimed a “revelation” by Gay City News, and praised for her “potent soprano” by Opera Magazine. In 2022, Lyons will make an exciting role debut as the title role in Handel's iconic Agrippina with Florida Grand Opera. 

Lyons has performed leading opera roles at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall, and most recently starred as Bellini’s
Norma at Winter Opera St. Louis , Bellini’s La Straniera at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Verdi’s Leonora in Il Trovatore at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Baltimore Concert Opera.

In 2021, Lyons opens The Shed in New York with Kelsey Lu’s opera
This is a Test, re-joins Will Crutchfield for Teatro Nuovo’s The Complete Recordings of Giuseppe Verdi, and returns to Baltimore Concert Opera, Maryland Opera, Lyric Fest, and Mohonk Mountain for concerts.  As well, Lyons will serve as a judge for the 2021 New Jersey State Solo and Ensemble Festival and the 2021 Miss America New York Scholarship Competition. In 2020, Lyons performed for Teatro Nuovo's Bel Canto in 30 Minutes  and gave several Artist Talks on operatic preparation, career development, and equity in opera. Other engagements of the 2019-20 season were to include the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.

Favorite roles of earlier seasons include Puccini’s
Mimí (La Boheme) and Suor Angelica, Bellini’s Giulietta (I Capuleti), Donizetti’s Adina (L’Elisir), Rossini’s Amenaide (Tancredi), Handel’s Alcina, Massenet’s Manon, Floyd’s Susannah, and Mozart’s Countess, Donna Anna, and Fiordiligi.
 
Lyons has sung concerts with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra,  St. Veronica Orchestra of New York, Spectrum Symphony of New York, and Annapolis Opera.

Active as a recitalist, her art song repertoire includes works by Adams, Argento, Bachelet, Bellini, Boulanger, Brahms, Debussy, Donizetti, Duparc, Hoiby, Liszt, Marx, Musto, Owens, Poulenc, Rorem, Strauss, Schubert, Verdi, and Wolf. 

She has given recitals in Philadelphia with Lyric Fest, in New York with the Art Song Preservation Society of New York, at the Kennedy Center with Vocal Arts DC, and in Chicago and Tuscon with the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute. ​In 2021, Lyons performs a curated recital of art songs for the Gelman Concert Series with River City Opera titled 
The Art of Perseverance,
inclusive of Black, queer and female composers and poets.

A highly-decorated competitor, Lyons is the first African-American woman to win the Grand Prize in the Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition in New York, and has garnered top awards from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Vocal Arts DC Discovery Art Song Competition, Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing International Vocal Competition, New York Lyric Opera National Vocal Competition, Rochester International Vocal Competition, The American Prize for Women in Opera Competition, and Washington International Competition. 

Lyons’ debut as Norma garnered the Outstanding Achievement in Opera award nomination from the 2020 St. Louis Theater Circle, and she was the featured artist on Celebrating Our Musical Future with WWFM Classical Radio. Her artistry has been celebrated in such publications as Opera News, The New York Times, Musical America Worldwide, Bachtrak, Operawire, The Wall Street Journal, St. Louis Today, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, New York Classical Review and The Boston Music Intelligencer.
 
Originally from Atlanta, GA, Lyons is an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, and completed further studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She has studied under the tutelage of Denyce Graves, Helen Donath, Grace Bumbry, Veronica Villaroel, Janet Perry, and Mimi Lerner. 

Actor & Instrumentalist

A seasoned actor, her television and theatrical credits include season six of House of Cards (Netflix), a national tour, workshops of new plays with Tony Award- winning theatrical greats including Andre de Shields, and residencies with Theater of the Stars, Fingerlakes Music Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Music Theater, People’s Light, and Portland Center Stage.
 
A multi-instrumentalist and composer with a penchant for American folk music, Lyons has toured nationally and appeared on several live radio shows with her banjo, guitar, piano, upright bass, dulcimer and autoharp. In 2020 and 2021, Lyons was a featured artist with Goodspeed Opera House and Mohonk Mountain House for several concerts of folk music and opera in the great outdoors. 

Advocate

In 2021:
*City University of New York’s From the Voice Of: Equity and Action series Artist Talk on "Agency and Community in Music" hosted by Alexandra Smither. 


*Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music for Opera Workshop Artist Interview and discussion on artistic well-being and career planning. 

In 2020:
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Lyons launched Operascopic with an Instagram Live series and podcast, highlighting Black opera singers and raising over $1500 for the Bail Out Project and The Equal Justice Initiative.

*Ravinia Steans Music Institute's Mélodies for Change fundraiser Featured Artist, raising over $3600 for the Equal Justice Initiative and Facing History and Ourselves.

*Black Women in Opera’s Inaugural Black Women in Opera Fest Featured Artist on the "Career Planning" panel. 


*City Lyric Opera's Retrospective series Artist Talk on Donizetti's  L’Elisir d’amore.

*Carnegie Mellon University School of Music's Town Hall Artist Alumni discussion with the co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for a impactful discourse on recent events in the nation and how to move forward. 

*Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute Artist Talk with Denyce Graves on music preparation and character development.

*Singventure Chats Artist Talk on "Leading and Creating your Legacy in Classical Music" hosted by Claire Galloway.

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Program for Torture Victims LA 40th Anniversary Gala Featured Artist, where supporters raised over $40,000 for human rights activists, war survivors, ethnic and religious minorities, LGBT survivors and displaced immigrants.

In 2019:
* 360 of Opera Featured Artist Instagram Takeover for the opening night of Bellini's La Straniera at Lincoln Center. 

* Fox 2 St. Louis Morning Show Featured Artist discussing Vincenzo Bellini, the iconic role of Norma, and singing "Casta diva" live on air Fox 2 St. Louis Morning Show in advance of a critically-acclaimed debut in the role. 

Christine Lyons

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