Irish soprano Celine Byrne made her Royal Opera debut in 2012 singing the title role in the last act of Rusalka for one performance. She has since returned to sing First Flowermaiden (Parsifal) and Micaëla (Carmen) for The Royal Opera.
Byrne studied at the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and with Christa Ludwig at Vienna State Opera. Her numerous awards include first prize at the Maria Callas International Competition (2007), the Margaret Burke-Sheridan Gold Medal (2009) and the Brabants Dagblad Prize at the International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch. She made her operatic debut as Mimì (La bohème) for Scottish Opera. Subsequent engagements include the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) in Kassel, Tosca for Opera Østfold and Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) for Moscow State Opera.
Byrne performs widely in concert at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Hermitage, St Petersburg, Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow, Beijing National Centre and the Berlin Philharmonie and in engagements including Mahler’s Rückert Lieder and Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder for RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.