Irish soprano, Celine Byrne, has been making her mark on both the operatic and concert stages throughout the world with performance débuts at Carnegie Hall and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her appearances at such houses and others including, the National Concert Hall, Dublin, the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow, National Grand Theatre, Beijing and Berliner Philharmonie have been greeted with enthusiastic acclaim by her audiences. “She has presence, a powerful and flexible voice, and the intelligence to understand how music and words work together” – The Irish Times.
Celine has become familiar to international audiences thanks to her collaboration with world-renowned tenors José Carreras, Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja. Together with Carreras, Celine has graced stages in Rotterdam, Linköping, Malmö, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Munich, Tecklenburg, Berlin, Nürnberg, Hamburg, Zagreb, Zadar and Ljubljana. Her musical partnership with Roberto Alagna has seen her in concert in Russia’s two major artistic centers; Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow and at the famous Mikhailovsky (Mussorgsky) Theater, St Petersburg while her performances with Joseph Calleja have brought her to Istanbul. Celine has also performed with many prestigious classical musicians including percussionist Evelyn Glennie and cellist Steven Doane.
The young singer has performed extensively throughout Europe as well as in the US, China, Russia and Mexico. From January to mid-March 2012 Celine covered 2 roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (conductor: Constantinos Carydis) and the title role in Rusalka (conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin). In March 2012 Celine made her Covent Garden début standing-in for Camilla Nylund as Rusalka. Other noteworthy engagements in recent seasons brought her back to Carnegie Hall and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall with Camerata Ireland led by Barry Douglas, and to the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing where her concert with the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra was broadcast to 400 million people. Celine has also performed in Royce Hall, the Lütfi Kirdar Centre with the Istanbul Borusan Orchestra under the baton of Sascha Goetzel and on many occasions with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra at Dublin´s National Concert Hall. In March 2010 Celine made her operatic début as Mimì in La Bohéme with Scottish Opera. Her début CD ‘For Eternity’ was released in October 2010 and features arias from Italian, French and Czech operas in addition to Spanish Zarzuelas. This recording was conducted by Marco Zambelli and produced by RTÉ lyric fm.
Celine has given public performances for such luminaries as President Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Presidents Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. She has also had the pleasure of performing privately for Presidents, Ambassadors and other foreign dignitaries throughout the world. Celine has performed at festivals including the Wexford Fringe Festival, Lyric Opera Dublin, The Anna Livia Opera Festival, Central European Music Festival, St. Moritz Arts Masters and Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg amongst others. She has frequently appeared on television and radio – RTÉ, BBC, HRT, Beijing TV, Holland’s Radio 4, including international coverage of the Dubai Duty Free Derby, The International Eucharistic Congress, President Obama’s visit to Ireland and live concerts with José Carreras.
Celine has a Masters in Music from the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she studied with Dr. Veronica Dunne and Dearbhla Brosnan, receiving the RIAM award for outstanding achievement. Celine also has an honours Music Degree from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where she studied with Edith Forrest, Trudi Carberry and Deborah Kelleher, and was awarded the college Gold Medal for excellence. She has received coaching at the National Opera Studio of London and studied with Christa Ludwig and Kristin Okerlund at the Vienna Staatsoper. Celine was a participant in the inaugural artistic development programme at Wexford Opera and she has attended master classes with Wolfgang Holzmair, Malcolm Martineau, Dennis O’Neill, Tina Ruta and Roberta Alexandra. Celine currently consults with Christa Ludwig in Vienna, and Brenda Hurley in Dublin.
Celine has received many awards both on a national and international platform. In Dublin, 2009, she was presented with the Margaret Burke-Sheridan Gold Medal for her contribution to the Arts. She was awarded First Prize at the Maria Callas Grand Prix, Athens 2007, 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 2006. Celine is also a winner of 10 prizes at the Feis Ceoil, Dublin, the Bill Canning Bursary, Waterford 2003, and the John Mc Cormack Bursary, Dublin 2003.
In September 2012, Celine will inaugurate the new artistic director´s first season at Stadttheater Klagenfurt as Agathe in Der Freischütz , conducted by Alexander Soddy, before returning to the National Concert Hall Dublin in December for a Christmas Gala. In January 2013 she will perform in South Tyrol for a series of New Year´s Concerts before once again returning to Dublin’s National Concert Hall in February to sing Mahler´s Rückert Lieder under the baton of Stefan Blunier with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Celine will then perform the role of Micaëla in Carmen at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in March. In August 2013 Celine will again be heard on the stage of Stadttheater Klagenfurt with Richard Strauss´ Vier letzte Lieder and in November 2013 will return to the Royal Opera House as First Flower Maiden in Parsifal under Antonio Pappano.