Celine Byrne is an Irish soprano and graduate of both the Royal Irish Academy of Music, from which she received her Master’s in 2007, and the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, where she completed her undergraduate degree. Byrne has sung with José Carreras and Roberto Alagna across European and American opera and concert stages, and recently released her debut recording, For Eternity, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on the RTÉ Lyric FM label.
On 8 March of this year, Byrne was called in with only thirty minutes notice to cover for Finnish singer Camilla Nylund, who had been taken ill during the performance, in the lead role of Dvorak’s Rusalka at London’s Royal Opera House. Byrne’s performance in the last act of the opera was very well-received, and she has now been invited back to the Covent Garden stage to assume the role of Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème, which she previously performed for Scottish Opera. The production, which is being directed by John Copley and conducted by Semyon Bychkov, opens on 30 April and runs until 17 May. Byrne is replacing German soprano Anja Harteros, who had to pull out due to personal reasons.
Full details of the production are here.
Published on 16 April 2012