Kari Lyon

Kari Lyon

Dramatic Coloratura Soprano

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In her US opera debut, Australian soprano Kari Lyon created a &ldquopoignant and arresting” Bridie in the world premiere of Eric Sawyer’s The Garden of Martyrs (review: The Republican, Massachusetts). This season, she takes on another premiere work, Josh Kight’s “The Cuckoo”, at Opera America, The National Opera Center, and will perform the lead role of Maria in TeatroMania’s play The Cabaret Opera at the Pompeii Theater. Also in New York, she has performed for Zonta International, The National Arts Club with Lauren Flanigan, at the Metropolitan International Music Festival as winner of the 2012 Concert Artist Prize, in the annual Harlem Divas concert, and at the 21st anniversary of Comfort Ye, singing Mozart’s Queen of the Night. Ms Lyon’s previous operatic credits include Aspasia, Mitridate (Ruby’s Music Room); Rosina, The Barber of Seville (c. Melbourne Opera); Bessie, Merrie England (Lyric Opera Melbourne); Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi; Pamina, Die Zauberflote; Amor, Orfeo ed Euridice; Gianetta, L'Elisir D'Amore; and, as a young artist of The Opera Studio Melbourne, Antonia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Abbotsford Festival; First Lady, Die Zauberflote at the National Theatre; and Millie in a tour of Denise Page Caraher's children’s opera, Figatroll.  As a guest artist for the Melbourne Musicians Orchestra, she performed Bach’s cantata 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, and a selection of Handel arias in a concert recorded and broadcast by 3MBS Fine Music. Other highlights have included the concert program “Icarus Girl” for Melbourne venue Ruby’s Music Room, guest soloist for The Melbourne University Choral Society and the Vivaldi Quartet, two years as a recitalist and touring artist for The Early Arts Guild of Victoria, and over three years as soloist and ensemble artist of the Consort of Melbourne, where she appeared with the Kronos Quartet, Ensemble Liaison, The Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, and the Monash Sinfonia. Ms Lyon was recipient of the 2013 Jump Mentorship, awarded by the Australia Council for the Arts. She is also a recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund in New York, and the PPCA Performers’ Trust in Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and studied opera at Sydney Conservatorium and privately in London. Amongst her accomplishments away from the stage, she graduated with Honours in English, Communications and Cultural Studies from the University of Western Australia, and with a Master of Arts in Writing and Literature from Deakin University, where she is a current doctoral candidate. 
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