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 quickly establishing herself in the bel canto repertoire. Her most recent portrayal of Rossini’s Amenaide at Teatro Nuovo evoked praise from Bachtrak, describing her as “remarkable” and 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, and is presented in recital with Thomas Muraco by the Art Song Preservation Society of New York.
In the 2017-18 season, Ms. Lyons sang the roles of Adina in L’Elisir d’amore with City Lyric Opera, Micaëla in Carmen with Opera Ithaca, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Saltworks Opera and joined the inaugural season of Teatro Nuovo to sing Amenaide in Tancredi rifatto. She was also presented in concert by Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center, by Denyce Graves at Wolf Trap, and by Sherrill Milnes at Opera Naples.
Highlights of previous seasons include the title role in Massenet’s Manon at Carnegie Hall, Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung at Symphony Space, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Lincoln Center, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos with Berkshire Opera Festival, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Mimí in La Bohème with Opera Long Island, the title role in Suor Angelica with New York Lyric Opera, the title role in Handel’s Alcina under the baton of Robert Page, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Sant’Anna dei Lombardi in Naples, Italy.
Her concert performances include singing Frasquita in Carmen alongside Denyce Graves, and appearances as the featured soprano soloist in Exsultate, jubilate with the St. Veronica Orchestra in New York, concerts of “Music in the White House” with Lyric Fest, Thea Musgrave’s 90th Birthday Celebration Concert 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, Ms. Lyons is a 2018 Grand Prize Winner in the Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition, and has garnered top awards and recognition from Vocal Arts DC Discovery Art Song Competition, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing International Vocal Competition, Washington International Competition, New York Lyric Opera Theater National Vocal Competition, Rochester Oratorio Society’s Classical Idol Competition, The American Prize for Women in Opera Competition, and Metropolitan Opera 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.