Christine Byrne is an American born mezzo-soprano from Valley Cottage, New York. She is a dual citizen of both the USA and Italy. She has recently graduated from The Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Professional Practice course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she studies with Anne Mason. Her studies at RWCMD were generously supported by The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity. Her past performances have included Sister Lillianne in Welsh National Opera’s production of ‘Dead Man Walking’, Florence Pike in The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s production of ‘Albert Herring’, Cenerentola in The RWCMD’s production of ‘La Cenerentola’ conducted by David Jones, La Ciesca in The RWCMD’s production of ‘Gianni Schicchi’ conducted by Carlo Rizzi, Mrs Jones in The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s production of ‘Street Scene’ conducted by Wyn Davies. Her most recent performances include Ninette in Welsh National Opera’s ‘Les vêpres siciliennes’.
Last year she covered both Jo and Cecilia March in Opera Holland Park’s ‘Little Women’ and gave a number of concerts in her native US. This summer she is one the Alvarez Young Artists at Garsington Festival, where she covers Háta in ‘The Bartered Bride’, also singing the role for the OperaFirst performances. In the autumn she makes her US opera debut.