Irish soprano Celine Byrne opens the 2018-2019 season as Magda in Minnesota Opera’s new production of La rondine. She also sings Die Feldmarschallin in Der Rosenkavalier at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago and stars in new productions of Madama Butterfly at the Irish National Opera and Staatstheater Kassel. In concert, she sings Marie in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, as well as an annual Christmas concert at the Bord Gáis Theatre.
In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Byrne sang the title role of Tosca with the Mikhailovsky Opera, St. Petersburg in a production that she reprised in Dublin. Additional highlights included Donna Elvira in Kasper Holten’s production of Don Giovanni with the Israeli Opera, Elisabetta in Don Carlo with Oper Leipzig, and Contessa Almaviva in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Theater Bonn. In concert, Ms. Byrne sang Verdi’s Requiem with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Lenard (recorded for commercial release), Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder in Austria, and gala concerts with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.
Ms. Byrne came to international prominence in 2012, when she sang the title role of Dvorak’s Rusalka at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden at short notice. Since then, she has returned to Covent Garden as Micaela in Carmen and the first Blumenmädchen in a new production of Parsifal. Recent highlights include Contessa Almaviva, Die Feldmarschallin, and Marietta/Marie in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt at the Staatstheater Kassel, Liu at the Oper Leipzig and Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf, Elisabetta in a new production of Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Cio-Cio-San at the Moscow State Opera. She is also familiar to both Irish and international audiences for her concert appearances with José Carreras, Roberto Alagna, Joseph Calleja, and Bryn Terfel, with whom she recently sang alongside the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra.Read more
A native of Kildare, Ireland, Ms. Byrne received her Masters in Music from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2007, where she studied with Dr. Veronica Dunne, also receiving the RIAM award for outstanding achievement. In addition, she has an honors Music Degree from the Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin, where she was awarded the college Gold Medal for excellence. She has received coaching at the National Opera Studio of London and has studied with Christa Ludwig at the Wiener Staatsoper. Her awards include the First Prize and Gold Medal at the Maria Callas Grand Prix, Athens, the Margaret Burke-Sheridan Gold Medal in 2009, the William Young Prize at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, Dublin 2007, and the ‘Brabants Dagblad Press Prize’ at the IVC International Singing Competition in s’Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.
“As Magda, the high society mistress of a powerful Parisian, Irish soprano Celine Byrne proves the ideal match for Puccini’s demanding arias. The composer asks for several soft upper-register entrances, and Byrne made each swoon-inducing with her impeccable control and tenderness.”Rob Hubbard
“Byrne’s voice was certainly the most striking of the evening, its pellucid quality bound to melt even the most obdurate man.”Andrew Larkin
“Her mesmerizing piano tones („Abend sinkt im Hag“) and her warning that is sung from the rear of the stage are breathtaking. The soprano masters tremendously well also as an actress.”Bernd Stopka