Christine Lyons has been hailed a “true virtuosa” by Broadway World, exclaimed a “revelation” by Gay City News, and praised for her “potent soprano” by Opera Magazine. In the 2019-20 season, she sings Cio-Cio San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Baltimore Concert Opera, Verdi’s Violetta in La Traviata, Leonora in Il Trovatore and Gilda in Rigoletto with Penn Square Music Festival, and brings excerpts of the title role in Puccini’s Tosca and Leonora in Il Trovatore in “The Me I Want to Sing” at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. She will appear in concert with Annapolis Opera, with Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and at the Tuscon Desert Song Festival with the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute on Tour.
Quickly garnering critical acclaim for her interpretations of bel canto heroines, in the 2018-19 season, Lyons sung Bellini’s Norma with Winter Opera Saint Louis, the title role in Bellini’s La Straniera with Teatro Nuovo at Lincoln Center, and excerpts of Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at The Kennedy Center. Concert performances included Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the Queens Symphony Orchestra, with the St. Veronica Orchestra of New York, and with the Spectrum Symphony of New York, as well as Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Teatro Nuovo.
In the 2017-18 season, Lyons sung Amenaide in Rossini’s Tancredi rifatto in the inaugural season of Teatro Nuovo, Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi with Saltworks Opera, Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore with City Lyric Opera, excerpts of the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena with Opera Naples, excerpts of Floyd’s Susannah in concert at Wolf Trap, and the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
Role highlights of 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, Mimí in La Bohème, Micaëla in Carmen, the title role in Massenet’s Manon, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and the title role in Alcina. In concert, she has been a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop.
Active 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 the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute.
Ms. Lyons is an alumna of Peabody Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University, and completed further studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She is the Grand Prize Winner of the Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition (ASPSNY), a Grant Winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, and has garnered top awards from the Vocal Arts DC Discovery Art Song Competition, 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.