Elizabeth Byrne, soprano has established herself as one of the most exciting dramatic sopranos of her generation. She has performed leading roles at The Metropolitan Opera both in New York, Tokyo & Seoul, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Opernhaus Zurich, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Canadian Opera Company Toronto, Staatstheater Luzern, Scottish Opera in Glasgow and The Edinburgh Festival, English National Opera in London, the Glyndebourne Festival and in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem & Haifa with the Israeli Philharmonic to name but a few.
Ms. Byrne has worked with such conductors as James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Sirs Antonio Pappano, Andrew Davis, Richard Armstrong, Charles Mackerras, Mark Elder and Bernard Haitink, Dr.Jane Glover, Bruno Bartoletti, Claudio Desderi, Edo de Waart, Leonard Slatkin, Maurizio Arena and Lothar von Zagrosek. She established herself ﬁrstly in the Italian repertoire, most notably as Tosca, as well as the title role in Manon Lescaut, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West, Leonora in Il Trovatore, the role of Amelia in both Un Ballo in Maschera and Simon Boccanegra, Aïda, Maddalena di Coigny in Andrea Chenier, Elena and Margarita in Boito’s Meﬁstofele and lesser known roles such as Asteria in Boito’s Nerone and the title role of Lucretia by Ottorino Respighi. Her ﬁrst foray into the German repertoire was singing Gerhilde and 3rd. Norn at Welsh National Opera.
In the latter part of her performing career, Miss Byrne excelled in many German roles such as the title role in Salome (Glimmerglass Opera) and Leonore in Fidelio. Her Wagnerian repertoire includes the roles of Sieglinde, Brünnhilde, Senta, Isolde, Ortrud, Gutrune, Gerhilde, Ortlinde and Fricka Her Brünnhilde at the Edinburgh Festival earned her The Herald Award for outstanding performance as well as a Royal Philharmonic Society award nomination. An excellent musician, she created the role of Blanca in the world premiere of James Macmillan’s Ińes de Castro which was also broadcast on BBC-TV. and the role of The Stepdaughter in Hugo Weisgall’s Six Characters in Search of an Author recorded by New World Music. The Edinburgh Festival production of Siegfried was also ﬁlmed for the BBC and she has recorded the role of Respighi’s Lucretia on the Bongiovanni label.
Ms. Byrne received her musical education in her native UK. She graduated from The Birmingham School of Music and then continued her postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where she studied with Frederic Cox. She was invited to join The National Opera Studio which was the forerunner of the Jette Parker YAP at The Royal Opera House,Covent Garden where she worked with such luminaries as Tito Gobbi, Hans Hotter, Graziella Sciutti and Regina Resnik. This was followed by a years study at The International Opera Studio in Zurich under the direction of Marc Belfort. Ms. Byrne emigrated to the USA in 1989 after her marriage to her husband James, a native Chicagoan. She continued her vocal studies with the legendary teacher Margaret Harshaw until her death in 1997. Ms. Byrne was a member of the Voice Faculty at De Paul University School of Music from 2009-2017.