Irish soprano, Celine Byrne, made her operatic début as Mimi, in Scottish Opera’s 2010 production of La Bohéme and since then has performed extensively throughout Europe as well as in the US, China, Russia and Mexico. In March 2012 Celine made her Covent Garden début standing-in for Camilla Nylund as Rusalka under the baton of Yannick Nézét-Séguin. Celine also covered the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Covent Garden. She is recently home from her return visit to the Royal Opera House where she performed in Wagner’s Parsifal to great acclaim, and will return there to sing the role of Micaëla in 2015. Earlier this year Celine performed as Micaëla in with the Moscow State Opera production of Carmen and as Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at Lismore Music Festival, along with several concerts with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra including Mahler’s Rückert Lieder at the National Concert Hall and performances of Richard Strauss´ Vier letzte Lieder in Austria. Future engagements include concerts with Roberto Alagna and Placido Domingo, Richard Strauss´ Vier letzte Lieder with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, the role of Der Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier under Patrik Ringborg in Kassel and Mimi in La Bohéme with Moscow State Opera.
A frequent concert performer, Celine has become familiar to international audiences thanks to her collaborations with world-renowned tenors José Carreras, Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja. Together with Carreras, Celine has graced stages in throughout Europe. Her musical partnership with Roberto Alagna has seen her in concert in Russia’s two major artistic centers; Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow and at the Mikhailovsky (Mussorgsky) Theater, St Petersburg. Recent noteworthy engagements brought her back to Carnegie Hall, The International Eucharistic Congress and to the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing where her concert was broadcast to 400 million people.
Celine received her Masters in Music from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2007, also receiving the RIAM award for outstanding achievement. In addition she has an honours 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 studied with Christa Ludwig at the Vienna Staatsoper. In 2007 Celine was awarded the First Prize and Gold Medal at the Maria Callas Grand Prix, Athens. Other awards include the Margaret Burke-Sheridan Gold Medal in 2009 for her contribution to the Arts, 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.
Celine’s repertoire includes Oratorio, Opera, Operetta and Lieder. Works performed include Messiah (Handel), Requiem (Fauré), Mass in C (Mozart), Requiem Mass (Mozart), St. Paul (Mendelssohn), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Rückert Lieder (Mahler), Drei Lieder (Korngold), Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 (Villa-Lobos) and Vier letzte Lieder (Strauss). Her roles include Countess Almaviva Le Nozze Di Figaro, Fiordiligi Così Fan Tutte, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Nora Riders To The Sea, Nedda I Pagliacci, Liù Turandot, Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Wally La Wally, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, Micaëla Carmen, Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow, Marguerite Faust, Rusalka Rusalka, Juliette Roméo et Juliette, Agathe Der Freischütz and Ann Chute Lily of Killarney.
“…a soprano of fine lyrical quality and a touching actor too.” – Opera magazine