Christine Lyons, soprano, has been praised as “especially moving” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, called a “revelation” by Gay City News, and hailed a “true virtuosa” by Broadway World. This season, Ms. Lyons sings the title role in Norma with Winter Opera Saint Louis, joins the Kennedy Center for The Me I Want to Sing with selections from Il Trovatore and Tosca, sings Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the Queens Symphony Orchestra and with the Spectrum Symphony of NY, and is presented in recital by the Art Song Preservation Society of New York. In summer, she sings the title role in Bellini’s La Straniera with Teatro Nuovo at Lincoln Center and joins the Ravinia Steans Music Institute as a Fellow.

Gallery

As Norma in Bellini’s Norma

As Amenaide in Rossini’s Tancredi Rifatto

As Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni

As Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte

As Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen

As Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi

As Adina in Donizetti’s L'Elisir d'amore

As Echo in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos

As Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail

 
 

Reviews

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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