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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. Upcoming engagements include the world premiere of John Adams’ Antony and Cleopatra at San Francisco Opera.
In the 2021-22 season, Lyons made an exciting debut in the title role of Handel’s iconic Agrippina with Florida Grand Opera. Of her performance, South Florida Classical wrote, “As Agrippina, the most cold-blooded and conniving operatic anti-heroine this side of Lady Macbeth, Christine Lyons brings a regal bearing and opulent timbre to Handel’s showpiece solos,” with Pro Ópera adding that her voice was “rich in nuances.” During this season, she also portrayed the emotionally complex role of The Governess in Britten’s haunted The Turn of the Screw with IlluminArts Miami and performed at The Academy of Vocal Arts with Lyric Fest in My Letter to the World.
Engagements in 2020 included a tour with Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute for performances at Ravina and the Tucson Desert Song Festival, The Complete Recordings of Giuseppe Verdi and Bel Canto in 30 Minutes with Teatro Nuovo, Bellini’s Norma at Opera America, and the opening of The Shed in New York in Kelsey Lu’s contemporary opera This is a Test. Pandemic cancellations included the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.
In 2019, Lyons starred in Bellini’s rarely-performed, tragic La Straniera at Lincoln Center. Of the performances, Opera Magazine wrote, “Lyons excelled in her blistering final cabaletta in which she, like a Donizetti heroine headed for the block, curses fate and welcomes death,” while the New York Times observed “her voice blossoming into its depths.” That year, she also made successful debuts as Bellini’s Norma at Winter Opera St. Louis and as Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Baltimore Concert Opera, of which the Maryland Theater Guide wrote that “Ms. Lyons is well on her way to the exalted status of Diva in the opera world.”
Her expansive repertoire of earlier seasons includes Rossini’s Amenaide in Tancredi, Bellini’s Giulietta in I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Donizetti’s Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, 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 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.