Christine Lyons, soprano
Christine Lyons has been hailed a “true virtuosa” by Broadway World, a “revelation” by Gay City News, and praised for having “strength and a fearless attack at both ends of her voice” by Bachtrak. In the 2019-20 season, she sings Cio-Cio San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Baltimore Concert Opera, sings Violetta in La Traviata, Leonora in Il Trovatore and Gilda in Rigoletto in “Viva Verdi” with Penn Square Music Festival, and 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. She makes concert appearances with Annapolis Opera, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and at the Tuscon Desert Song Festival with Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute on Tour.
Quickly garnering attention for her interpretations of bel canto heroines, in the 2018-19 season, Lyons sung the title role in Bellini’s Norma with Winter Opera Saint Louis, followed by the title role of Bellini’s La Straniera with Teatro Nuovo at Lincoln Center. As well, she performed excerpts of the title role in Puccini’s Tosca and Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at The Kennedy Center. Concert performances included Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate both with the Queens Symphony Orchestra and with the Spectrum Symphony of New York, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Teatro Nuovo.
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, excerpts of the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena with Opera Naples, and the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica in New York. 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.
As a recitalist, her art song repertoire includes works by Marx, Brahms, Strauss, Schubert, Debussy, Duparc, Poulenc, Liszt, Hoiby, Argento, Musto, Rorem, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi. She has given recitals in Philadelphia with Lyric Fest, in New York with the Art Song Preservation Society of New York, at the Kennedy Center with Vocal Arts DC, and in Chicago with Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute.
Earlier seasons include performances as Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro at Lincoln Center, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Carnegie Hall, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the title role in Massenet’s Manon, 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. 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 Competition. She has garnered additional top awards from the 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 a featured artist on WWFM Classical’s “Celebrating Our Musical Future” live radio program.