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Elizabeth Byrne

ABSM Birmingham School of Music (now Birmingham Conservatoire)

Courses Taught
Applied Voice


Elizabeth Byrne has been seen as Senta in Der fliegende Hollander with Portland Opera, Arizona Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro James Levine. In operas from Wagner's Ring Cycle she has been seen as Brnnhilde in Siegfried with the Staatstheater Stuttgart, Brnnhilde in Die Walkre at the Austin Lyric Opera, Sieglinde Die Walkre in concert with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, as well as Gutrune and Gerhilde in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's first complete Ring Cycle conducted by Zubin Mehta.

Ms. Byrne has also covered the roles of both Brnnhilde in Die Walkre and Leonora in Fidelio at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as Isolde in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde for San Francisco Opera. At the Metropolitan Opera she has been seen as The Duchess of Parma in Busoni's Doktor Faust and the Fourth Maid in Elektra and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago she performed the role of the Overseer in the Gtz Friedrich production of Elektra. Most recently Ms. Byrne was seen as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel with Indianapolis Opera, after previously having sung the Mother with the Phoenix Symphony.

An excellent musician, Ms. Byrne is noted for her performances of contemporary operas having sung the world premiere performances of the role of Blanca in James MacMillan's opera Ins de Castro at the Edinburgh Festival. The work was also performed in Glasgow and in Oporto, Portugal. Jonathan Moore directed the Scottish Opera production, which was broadcast on BBC-TV.

In concert, Ms. Byrne has performed Mahler's Symphony No.8 at Royal Albert Hall and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14 at Canada's National Arts Centre. She made her Avery Fisher Hall debut performing Zemlinsky's rarely-heard Lyric Symphony with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra. She has performed the Verdi Requiem with the Alabama Symphony and the Greensboro Symphony, Beethoven's Symphony No.9 with the symphony orchestras of Utah, Seattle, Richmond, and South Bend Symphony.

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Above videos:

Elizabeth Byrne performs "Ambizioso spirto...Vieni! t'affretta...Or tutti sorgete" from Verdi's Macbeth
Elizabeth Byrne and Julia Bentley perform "Ah, guarda sorella" from Mozart's Cosi fan tutte