Celine Byrne is a lyric soprano from Kildare, Ireland. She received her Master of Music in 2007 from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where she received the RIAM award for outstanding achievement. She also has an honors music degree from the Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin, where she was awarded the college Gold Medal for excellence.
In 2007 Ms. Byrne 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 and the William Young Prize at the 2007 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Dublin.
Ms. Byrne is internationally recognized as one of opera’s great stars. She made her operatic début in 2010 singing the role of Mimi in La Bohéme, and by 2012 she had appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in the lead role of Dvorak’s Rusalka. In recent years she has performed extensively in Europe, the U.S., China, Russia and Mexico. Recent roles include Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Staatstheater Kassel); Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Moscow State Opera); Die Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Marietta/Marie in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt (Staatstheater Kassel); and Liu in Turandot (Leipzig and Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf).
She opened the current season performing the role of Tosca with Mikhailovsky Opera (St. Petersburg) and Elizabeth in Don Carlo with Opera Leipzig. Future engagements include A Summer Gala with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder in Austria, a recording of Verdi’s Requiem with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Donna Elvira with Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Tosca (cover) in Salzburg Easter Festival, Madama Butterfly in Staatstheater Kassel followed by Die Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier in Santiago, Madama Butterfly with Irish National Opera and Rondine with Minnesota Opera.