Praised as “especially moving” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and as a “sparkling soprano” by the Broad Street Review, Christine Lyons is a dynamic artist on the rise. Her most recent portrayal of Amenaide in Rossini’s Tancredi rifatto at Teatro Nuovo evoked praise from Opera News, saying Lyons showed “a generously scaled lyric soprano, her rapid vibrato adding lushness to the tone,” from Bachtrack describing her as “remarkable,” and from Gay City News, calling her performance a “revelation.”
This 2018-19 season, Ms. Lyons sings the title role in Norma with Winter Opera Saint Louis, Blanche in Dialogue des Carmelites with Saltworks Opera, Exsultate, jubilate with the Queens Symphony Orchestra, and is presented in recital with Thomas Muraco by the Art Song Preservation Society of New York. In summer, she returns to Teatro Nuovo to sing the title role in Bellini’s La Straniera.
Recent roles include Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung at Symphony Space, the title role in Massenet’s Manon at Carnegie Hall, Micaëla in Carmen, Mimí and Musetta in La Bohème, the title role in Suor Angelica, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, the title role in Alcina, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Sant’Anna dei Lombardi in Naples, Italy.
In concert, she has been presented by Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center, by Denyce Graves at Wolf Trap, by Sherrill Milnes at Opera Naples and by Lyric Fest at Church of the Holy Trinity in Rittenhouse Square. Oratorio work includes singing Exsultate, jubilate with the St. Veronica Orchestra in New York and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Rusty Musicians under the baton of Marin Alsop.
Ms. Lyons has appeared extensively in theater as an Equity actor. Roles include Narrator cover in a national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Zilpah in The Blue Ridge Nightingale, Sheila in A Chorus Line, Alice’s Daughter in Big River, GiGi in Miss Saigon, Baron’s Assistant in Ragtime, and Anne in A Little Night Music with companies including Portland Center Stage, Pittsburgh Music Theater, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Theater of the Stars, People’s Light, and Goodspeed Opera House. Television credits include national commercials and an appearance on Season 5 of House of Cards.
A well- decorated competitor, Lyons is a 2018 Winner in the Connecticut District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a New England Region Semi-Finalist, the 2018 Grand Prize Winner in the Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition, and has garnered top awards and recognition from The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Vocal Arts DC Discovery Art Song Competition, Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing International Vocal Competition, Washington International Competition, New York Lyric Opera Theater National Vocal Competition, Rochester International Vocal Competition, The American Prize for Women in Opera Competition, Partners for the Arts Vocal Competition, Talents of the World International Vocal Competition, Lois Alba Aria Competition, Opera Ithaca Edward M. Murray Competition and Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition. She was also the featured artist on WWFM Classical as a part of their “Celebrating Our Musical Future” live radio program.
Ms. Lyons earned a Master of Music from Peabody Institute, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University, and and completed further studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.