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 in 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 presented a solo recital with the Art Song Preservation Society of New York and will join the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute as a Fellow in the fall.

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Norma was Maria Callas’ favorite showcase for her legendary voice. Renata Scotto once called the role of Norma “the Everest of opera.” Well, Soprano Christine Lyons climbs that peak with banners flying. She’s a true virtuosa, dazzling us with her mastery of all those Bel Canto coloratura fireworks- all the runs, trills and staccato apreggios and cadenzas that decorate the long, free-ranging melody lines.
— Broadway World
A superior performance by soprano Christine Lyons dominates Winter Opera Saint Louis’ strong rendition of Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto opera, Norma. Lyons, in her Winter Opera debut, shows considerable power in her lush, lingering soprano, which elevates the production considerably. Lyons’ acting is polished as well, making Norma a compelling and tragic figure, a formidable force to be reckoned with by Pollione, Oroveso and Adalgisa at different times in the two-act, three-hour presentation.
— Ladue News
[Norma] was led by soprano Christine Lyons, who looked and sounded exquisite in the title role. She has the presence and dramatic conviction for the priestess, and excellent technique; she held the audience’s attention and sympathy.
— St. Louis Today
The Amenaide was Christine Lyons, displaying a generously scaled lyric soprano, her rapid vibrato adding lushness to the tone.
— Opera News
Lyons’ quick vibrato and complex timbre brought greater emotional immediacy to Amenaide’s conflict between duty and desire…. [she] handled the florid passages with musicianship and flair.
— Gay City News
A nuanced and richly textured performance, Christine Lyons as Giulietta was spellbinding, highlighting her range and interpretation, singing the aria with rosy, agile coloratura. In short, Lyons is exquisite.
— Cape Charles Mirror
To truly appreciate Ms. Lyons’ gifts, one needs to hear her Italian. We well remember her performance as Adina.... But last night we heard an enhancement of vibrato in her glorious performance of “Io son l’umile ancella” from Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur. The Italianate vowels and phrasing were perfect.
— Voce di Meche
Christine Lyons used her captivating soprano and sang this familiar song “Ständchen” by Franz Schubert with freshness, sentiment and a sprinkling of vocal stardust…. Ms. Lyons has a rare power of expression plus a lustrous soprano that should carry her far.
— Brooklyn Discovery
 
 

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