In the 2013/14 Season Irish soprano Celine Byrne sings First Flowermaiden (Parsifal) for The Royal Opera. She made her Royal Opera debut in 2012 singing the title role in the last act of Rusalka, stepping in for one performance for an indisposed Camilla Nylund.
Byrne discovered a love of opera while she was working as an au pair in Milan, attending performances at La Scala. On returning to Ireland she trained at the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Her numerous awards include first prize and gold medal at the Maria Callas International Competition. She made her professional debut as Mimì (La bohème) for Scottish Opera and her recent roles have included Agathe (Der Freischütz) at the Klagenfurt State Theatre, Micaëla (Carmen) for Moscow State Opera and Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) at Lismore Music Festival. She has sung on international recital tours with Roberto Alagna, José Carreras and Joseph Calleja, and released her debut solo album For Eternity in 2010.
Byrne lives in County Kildare with her husband and their three children.