Australian soprano Eleanor Lyons is the first prize winner of the 2013 International Obraztsova Singing Competition and has performed in Sydney, Tokyo, New York, Europe and Russia. She completed a postgraduate diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music and studied at the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers as well as the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where her teachers included Elena Obraztsova, Barry Ryan and Viktoria Dodoka. In 2018, Eleanor was awarded the Michael Byrne Vienna State Opera Award by The Opera Foundation for Young Australians to study at the Vienna State Opera.
Most recently, Eleanor performed as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and Britten’s War Requiem with Philippe Herreweghe and the Antwerp Symphony; at the Grafenegg Festival with conductor Leon Botstein in two roles: Maria in Der Diktator by Krenek and in Hindemith’s Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen; and with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice as soloist at their New Year’s Eve Gala with Australian conductor Matthew Coorey. Further performances include Verdi’s Requiem with Vlaamse Oper; Shanghai Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni; Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied; and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with The Belgian Chamber Orchestra conducted by their chief conductor Benjamin Haemhouts.
2020 marked Eleanor’s mainstage debut with Opera Australia as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and she will cover the title role in Tosca in 2021, among other performances.
The Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi Festival in Asciano (Siena, Tuscany) 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 the Cote d’Azur, 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.
Other engagements include Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, La Boheme and Berio’s Folk Songs with the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin; Ravel’s Chants de Madagascar with the Budapest Festival Orchestra; Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra; Mimi in La Bohème and Anne Truelove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest; Musetta in La Bohème at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow; the alien-robot ‘Finella’ in a new opera George (Elena Kats-Chernin) throughout Germany; Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte) for Wexford Festival Opera; and a belcanto recital with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Eleanor has been generously supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, The PPCA Performer’s Trust, The Australian Business Arts Foundation, The Opus 50 Charitable Trust, The Leverhulme Trust and other benefactors.