Praised as “especially moving” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and as a “sparkling soprano” by the Broad Street Review, Christine Lyons is a dynamic soprano on the rise. This 2017-18 season, Ms. Lyons will be presented in concert by Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center and by Denyce Graves at Wolf Trap, and by Sherrill Milnes at Opera Naples. She will also sing the roles of Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Saltworks Opera, Adina in L’Elisir d’amore with ARE Opera, Micaëla in Carmen with Opera Ithaca, and in summer joins the inaugural season of Teatro Nuovo to sing Amenaide in Tancredi rifatto.
In previous seasons, Ms. Lyons has sung Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Lincoln Center, Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung at Symphony Space, the title role in Massenet’s Manon at Carnegie Hall, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, 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 C.C.S Singers, 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, Exsultate, jubilate with the St. Veronica Orchestra in New York, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Rusty Musicians under the baton of Marin Alsop and concerts of “Music in the White House” with Lyric Fest.
Ms. Lyons has appeared extensively in music theater as an Equity actor. Roles include Narrator cover in a national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 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 and Goodspeed Opera House. Television credits include several national commercials and an appearance on Season 5 of House of Cards.
A well-decorated competitor, Ms. Lyons is a 2018 Second Prize Winner in the Rochester Oratorio Society’s Classical Idol Competition, 2018 Third Prize Winner in The American Prize for Women in Opera Competition, 2018 Finalist in the Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition, 2018 Semi-Finalist in the Lois Alba Aria Competition, 2017 Second Prize Winner in the Vocal Arts DC Discovery Art Song Competition, 2017 Second Prize Winner in the New York Lyric Opera Theater National Vocal Competition, 2017 Fourth Prize Winner in the Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing International Vocal Competition, 2017 Finalist in the Edward M. Murray Vocal Competition, 2017 Semi-Finalist in the PARTNERS for the Arts Vocal Competition, 2016 Finalist in the Washington International Competition, 2014 Finalist in the Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition, and has as well received district recognition in the Southeastern 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 completed further studies at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg.