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Christine Lyons is a critically acclaimed soprano who has been hailed a “true virtuosa” by Broadway World and been praised for her “potent soprano” by Opera Magazine, as well as her “power and poise” by Classical Voice America. This 22-23’ season, she joins San Francisco Opera for the world premiere of John Adams’ Antony and Cleopatra as the cover for 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.
Last season, Lyons gave inspired performances of Britten’s Governess (The Turn of the Screw) with IlluminArts Miami and of Handel’s Agrippina with Florida Grand Opera, 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.”
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, as well as reimagined Bellini’s Giulietta (I Capuleti e I Montecchi) with Saltworks Opera, Rossini’s Amenaide (Tancredi) with Teatro Nuovo, and Donizetti’s Adina (L’Elisir d’amore) with City Lyric Opera.
Favorite roles of earlier seasons include Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Baltimore Concert Opera, Puccini’s Mimì (La Bohème), Handel’s Alcina, and Massenet’s Manon. Other engagements of the 2019-20 season were to include the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.
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.
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’ 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, Bachtrack, Operawire, St. Louis Today, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and New York Classical Review.
Chritine Lyons is an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University and Peabody Conservatory, and completed further studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.