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Christine Lyons is a critically acclaimed soprano whom Broadway World has hailed a “true virtuosa,” exclaimed a “revelation” by Gay City News, and praised for her “potent soprano” by Opera Magazine. In 2022, Lyons makes an exciting debut in the title role of Handel's iconic Agrippina with Florida Grand Opera and covers the role of Cleopatra in the world premiere of John Adams' opera Antony and Cleopatra with San Francisco Opera.
In 2021, Lyons sang The Governess in Britten’s haunted The Turn of the Screw with IlluminArts Miami and joined Lyric Fest at The Academy of Vocal Arts for My Letter to the World, a recital of art songs set to Emily Dickinson’s poetry. She also joined Teatro Nuovo for The Complete Recordings of Giuseppe Verdi and Bel Canto in 30 Minutes, and presented a recital for River City Opera titled The Art of Perseverance.
Lyons began 2020 on tour with Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute for performances at Ravinia and the Tucson Desert Song Festival and singing Bellini’s Norma in “Bel Canto a Due” presented at Opera America. Further engagements of that year were to include the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.
In 2019, Lyons starred as Bellini’s Norma with Winter Opera St. Louis in a lauded debut nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in Opera award from the St. Louis Theater Circle. She then embodied the title role in Bellini’s tragic La Straniera at Lincoln Center in its first New York performance in twenty years, in which Musical America Worldwide described her final mad scene as “crowning a performance of real stature.” Further, Classical Voice America wrote that Lyons’ “rich, ample voice sailed through the demanding title role with power and poise,” while Bachtrak noted she sang with “strength and a fearless attack at both ends of her voice.” With Baltimore Concert Opera, she performed the title role in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and sang Verdi's Leonora in Il Trovatore at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
Lyons began her career in close communion with Mozart, making her Lincoln Center debut as Susanna in his Le Nozze di Figaro and having since portrayed his heroines Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Konstanze in Die Entführung and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. At home in the bel canto and florid repertoire, her repertoire of earlier seasons includes Rossini’s Amenaide in Tancredi, Bellini’s Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Donizetti’s Adina L’Elisir d’amore, and Handel’s Alcina.
Her orchestral engagements include Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate, performed with the Queens Symphony Orchestra, the St. Veronica Orchestra of New York, and the Spectrum Symphony of New York, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater, performed with Teatro Nuovo. She has also sung concerts with Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Opera, and Annapolis Opera. In demand as a recitalist, Lyons has crafted programs in the past for Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center, the Festival of the Arts at Mohonk Mountain, and the Art Song Preservation Society of New York at Manhattan School of Music.
A decorated soprano, Lyons was awarded the Grand Prize in the Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition in New York and garnered top awards from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Vocal Arts DC Discovery Art Song Competition, the Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing International Vocal Competition, the New York Lyric Opera National Vocal Competition at Carnegie Hall, the Rochester International Vocal Competition, the American Prize for Women in Opera Competition, and the Washington International Competition. Lyons was also honored as the featured artist on “Celebrating Our Musical Future,” presented by WWFM Classical Radio.
A recognized voice in the industry, Lyons served as a judge for the 2021 Miss America New York Scholarship Competition and the 2021 New Jersey State Solo and Ensemble Festival. She is regularly invited to participate in 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 Fest, Singventure Chats, Maryland Opera, and 360 of Opera.
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Lyons earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Music from Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and completed further studies in Milan, Italy, in Arles, France, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.