Celine Byrne is a lyric soprano from Kildare. She studied at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Veronica Dunne. In 2007 she was awarded the First Prize at the Maria Callas International Grand Prix in Athens.
She made her operatic début in 2010 singing the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème for Scottish Opera, about which Opera magazine wrote “Celine Byrne’s Mimì announced a soprano of fine lyrical quality and a touching actor”. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in Dvořák’s Rusalka in 2012, when she took over the title role at very short notice. She was invited back as First Flower Maiden in Wagner’s Parsifal followed by Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, and since then she has performed extensively throughout Europe as well as in the United States, China, Russia and Mexico.
She makes her Irish National Opera debut in Madama Butterfly and this season also includes her American opera debut as Magda in Puccini’s La rondine (Minnesota Opera), the title role in Madama Butterfly (Staatstheater Kassel), the Celine Byrne Christmas Gala in Dublin, Die Marschallin in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier in Santiago and Marietta/Marie in a concert performance of Korngold's Die tote Stadt with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.
Recent roles include Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni conducted by Daniel Oren and directed by Kasper Holten (Israeli Opera), the title role in Puccini’s Tosca (Mikhailovsky Opera, St Petersburg), Liù in Puccini’s Turandot (Oper Leipzig and Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf) and Elisabeth in Verdi’s Don Carlo (Deutsche Oper am Rhein).
2019/20 season highlights include her house debut at the Opéra National de Paris, as Ortlinde, in Wagner’s Die Walküre and Mimì in La bohéme at the Hamburg State Opera.