Australian soprano Eleanor Lyons, first prize winner of the 9th International Elena Obraztsova Singing Competition in 2013, studied at the Sydney Conservatorium and later perfected herself at the Mariinsky Academy for Young Singers and the Royal Northern College of Music. Her teachers included Elena Obraztsova, Barry Ryan and Victoria Dodoka. In 2018 she was awarded the Vienna State Opera Award by the Australian Opera Foundation for Young Singers.
She sang the role of Anne Truelove in Stravinsky’s THE RAKE’S PROGRESS at the Hungarian State Opera, where she also sang Mimì in Puccini’s LA BOHEME with great success with conductor Christian Badea. Eleanor has also sang in the Sydney Opera House, various halls in Russia, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. At the Wexford Festival Opera, Ireland she sang Anaïde in Nino Rota’s IL CAPPELLO DI PAGLIA DI FIRENZE and gave a Bel-canto Recital at the St Petersburg Philharmonic.
Highlights from last season include Verdi’s MESSA DA REQUIEM and Britten’s WAR REQUIEM with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. She also sang the Britten WAR REQUIEM with the Noord Nederlands Orkest conducted by Stefan Ashbury. As part of the Grafenegg Academy she sang in Ernst Krenek’s DER DIKTATOR and Paul Hindemith’s MÖRDER, HOFFNUNG DER FRAUEN conducted by Leon Botstein.
In the 2019/2020 season Eleanor will make two important debuts; as Donna Anna in Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI with Opera Australia and giving her house and role debut at the Antwerp Opera in a scenic adaptation of Schumann’s SCENES FROM GOETHE’S FAUST as Gretchen/Una Poenitentium.
As sought-after concert singer, Eleanor has performed the soprano solo in Mahler’s FOURTH SYMPHONY, Luciano Berio’s FOLK SONGS with the Berlin Konzerthausorchester as well as Ravel’s CHANSONS MADÉCASSES with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. With the latter she also performed with chief conductor Ivàn Fischer as soloist in Mahler’s SECOND SYMPHONY, and with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice as soloist at their New Year’s Eve Gala with conductor Matthew Coorey. With Mahler’s FOURTH SYMPHONY she will also perform in the upcoming season with the Noord Nederlands Orkest with conductor Michal Nesterowicz. She will reprise Verdi’s MESSA DA REQUIEM with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra with conductor Alejo Pérez, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as soloist in DAS KLAGENDE LIED conducted by Simone Young. She will sing the solo soprano part in a many concerts of Beethoven’s NINTH SYMPHONY with The Belgian Chamber Orchestra conducted by their chief conductor Benjamin Haemhouts.
The Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi Festival in Asciano (Siena, Tuscany), founded by Philippe Herreweghe, will feature Eleanor Lyons and her long-time piano partner Stanislav Solovev in a recital dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff and his contemporaries. In addition, the Australian soprano, who has been heard in several solo recitals in New York and Tokyo, will in November 2019 make her highly anticipated debut as a lied singer at the International Art Center deSingel in Antwerp. Finally, together with violinist Miriam Helms Ålien, cellist Ildikó Szabó, and pianist István Lajkó, she will create an ensemble evening dedicated to Dmitri Shostakovich's oeuvre at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.
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