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Christine Lyons is a critically acclaimed soprano whom Broadway World has hailed a “true virtuosa.” She has been praised for her “potent soprano” by Opera Magazine, as well as her “power and poise” by Classical Voice America. This 2022-23 season, Lyons sings the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor with Maryland Opera, the title role in Handel’s Agrippina with Florida Grand Opera, covers the title role in John Adams’ Antony and Cleopatra with San Francisco Opera, and joins Toledo Opera for Celebration del Coro with excerpts of Puccini's Liú in Turandot and Bernstein's Cunegonde in Candide.
From 2020 - 21, Lyons sung Britten’s Governess in The Turn of the Screw with IlluminArts Miami and Bellini’s Norma at Opera America. Concerts include a tour with Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute for performances at Ravina and the Tucson Desert Song Festival, performances with Lyric Fest in My Letter to the World at The Academy of Vocal Arts, The Complete Recordings of Giuseppe Verdi and Bel Canto in 30 Minutes with Teatro Nuovo, and the opening of The Shed in New York in Kelsey Lu’s This is a Test. Pandemic cancellations included the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.
In 2019, Lyons starred the title roles of Bellini’s La Straniera at Lincoln Center, of Bellini’s Norma at Winter Opera St. Louis, and of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Baltimore Concert Opera. That year, she also joined Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute as Fellow.
In 2018, she sung Rossini’s Amenaide in Tancredi with Teatro Nuovo, Bellini’s Giulietta in I Capuleti e I Montecchi with Saltworks Opera, and Donizetti’s Adina in L’Elisir d’amore with City Lyric Opera. Her repertoire of earlier seasons includes Handel’s Alcina, Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Mozart’s Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte.
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 Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Highlights from past orchestral engagements include several performances of Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater.
Active as a recitalist, she has curated inclusive programs for the Art Song Preservation Society of New York, Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center, the Festival of the Arts at Mohonk Mountain, and the Gelman Concert Series with River City Opera in Richmond, Virginia.
A decorated soprano, Lyons holds 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 was the featured artist on Celebrating Our Musical Future with WWFM Classical Radio, and for her interpretation of Bellini’s Norma, is an Outstanding Achievement in Opera award nominee from the 2020 St. Louis Theater Circle. Her artistry has been lauded in such publications as Opera News, The New York Times, Musical America Worldwide, Bachtrak, Operawire, St. Louis Today, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and New York Classical Review.
Bringing a unique perspective, Lyons is regularly invited to participate in industry discussions and events, including live interviews, panels, Instagram takeovers, and masterclasses, including those hosted by San Francisco Opera, Carnegie Mellon University, Peabody Conservatory, City University of New York, City Lyric Opera, Black Women in Opera, Singventure Chats, Maryland Opera, and 360 of Opera. She has also served as an adjudicator for the Miss America Organization.
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Lyons is an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University and Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She completed further studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and in Milan, Italy.