Christine Lyons, soprano
Soprano Christine Lyons, praised as a “revelation” by Gay City News, a “true virtuosa” by Broadway World, and “exquisite” by St. Louis Today, is quickly garnering attention for her portrayals of the bel canto heroines of Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti. In the 2018-19 season, Lyons made a role debut as the title role in Bellini’s Norma with Winter Opera Saint Louis, which is followed by a summer role debut in the title role in Bellini’s La Straniera with Teatro Nuovo at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase and at Lincoln Center. She joined The Kennedy Center for The Me I Want to Sing to perform excerpts of the title role in Puccini’s Tosca and Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Concert performances included a return to Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate both with the Queens Symphony Orchestra and with the Spectrum Symphony of New York, and upcoming Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Teatro Nuovo in New York. An advocate of art song, Ms. Lyons will join the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute as a Fellow in the fall.
Equally at home in the operas of Verdi and Puccini, the 2019-20 season begins with a role debut as Cio-Cio San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Baltimore Concert Opera, followed by Violetta in La Traviata, Leonora in Il Trovatore and Gilda in Rigoletto in “Viva Verdi” with Penn Square Music Festival. She returns to The Me I Want to Sing, bringing excerpts of the title role in Tosca and Leonora in Il Trovatore to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., and will sing concerts with Annapolis Opera and Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of the 2017-18 season included singing Amenaide in Rossini’s Tancredi rifatto under the baton of Will Crutchfield in the inaugural Bel Canto Festival season of Teatro Nuovo and a debut in the titular role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica. Concert performances included Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the St. Veronica Orchestra in New York and excerpts from Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah at Wolf Trap.
Active as a recitalist, her art song repertoire includes works by Marx, Brahms, Strauss, Schubert, Debussy, Duparc, Poulenc, Liszt, Hoiby, Argento, Rorem, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi. Lyons is a Grand Prize Winner of the Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition (ASPSNY), a 2nd Prize Winner of the Vocal Arts DC Discovery Art Song Competition, and a Grant Winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Lieder/Art Song Competition. She has given recitals in Philadelphia with Lyric Fest, in New York with the Art Song Preservation Society of New York, and at the Kennedy Center with Vocal Arts DC.
Earlier seasons include performances as Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro at Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Mimí in La Bohème, the title role in Alcina, Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, Giulietta in I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Konstanze in Die Entführung, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, Micaëla in Carmen, and a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop.
Ms. Lyons is an alumna of Peabody Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University, and completed further studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She has garnered additional top awards from the Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing International Vocal Competition, New York Lyric Opera Theater National Vocal Competition, Rochester International Vocal Competition, The American Prize for Women in Opera Competition, and Washington International Competition. Lyons was a featured artist on WWFM Classical’s “Celebrating Our Musical Future” live radio program.