Celine Byrne’s compelling and thrilling performances have won her the universal acclaim of audiences and critics across the opera world. A performer of fine lyrical quality and a touching actor, Celine made her operatic début as Mimi in La Bohéme in 2010 and in the seasons that have followed, she has performed extensively throughout Europe as well as in the United States, China, Russia and Mexico.
Noted for the ease with which she manages to combine power and confidence with delicate and heartfelt intensity, Celine’s velvety, elegant voice has marked her out for stunning performances with her roles as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Moscow State Opera and Floria Tosca in Tosca with Opera Østfold in association with Norway National Opera, and Die Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier under Patrik Ringborg in Kassel. She opened last season with her return to Covent Garden for her role as Micaela in Carmen at The Royal Opera House and finished with her critically acclaimed portrayal Marietta/Marie in Korngold's Die Tote Stadt.
Celine’s strong, lustrous voice, impressive poise and assured acting ability sees her star continue to brighten. This season she opened with her performance as Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro in Staatstheater Kassel followed by Mimì in La Bohème with Moscow's Novaya Opera which had performances in Dublin. Other performances included Liu in Turandot with Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf, Micaela in Carmen with Moscow State Opera and next she will sing her role debut as Elizabeth in Verdi’s Don Carlo with Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf. She will also make her house debut at Oper Leipzig as Liu in Turandot. Next season Celine will sing Madama Butterfly in Stockholm, Donna Elvira with Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv directed by Kasper Holten, Tosca with Mikhailovsky Opera, St. Petersburg, Madama Butterfly conducted by Francesco Angelico in Kassel and Marschallin/Der Rosenkavalier at Teatro Municipal de Santiago.
A frequent concert performer, Celine is very familiar to both Irish and international audiences and has also performed with world-renowned tenors José Carreras, Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja. Future engagements include concerts with Josè Carreras in Europe, China and Russia, having performed her 30th concert with him at The Royal Albert Hall in May last year. Celine has also performed in concert with Bryn Terfel and recently sung with him and Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sasha Goetzel. Future engagements include A Summer Gala with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic under André Lenard; Richard Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder in Austria, a concert in Carnegie Hall, NY; Verdi's
Requiem with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Lenard (which will be recorded) and a Summer Gala with the RTÉ NSO in the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Celine 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 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 has 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, the William Young Prize at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, Dublin 2007. 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.