ELEANOR LYONS, soprano Australian soprano Eleanor Lyons began this season singing Mahler’s Fourth Symphony at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and will finish it at the Salzburg Festival. She will also make two important debuts; with Opera Australia as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and at the Vlaamse Oper as Gretchen in Schumann’s Szenen Aus Goethes Faust.
Other highlights this season include Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Simone Young and a concert version of Don Giovanni in Suzhou, China. She will mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth performing works such as the Missa Solemnis at the Salzburg Festival with Phillippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Chamber Orchestra of Belgium and the concert aria ‘Ah Perfido’ with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Turkey.
Eleanor’s passion for chamber music and recitals will be indulged in both Vienna and Antwerp where she will perform a recital with pianist Stanislav Solovyev of works by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Delius and Gliere and later in the Liszt Academy, Budapest to perform the Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok by Shostakovich.
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 and with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice as soloist at their New Year’s Eve Gala with conductor Matthew Coorey. 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.
Eleanor has developed a reputation as a world-class concert singer, having 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 symphonies on tour.
Eleanor studied at the Sydney Conservatorium and later at the Mariinsky Academy for Young Singers and the Royal Northern College of Music where her teachers included Elena Obraztsova, Barry Ryan and Victoria Dodoka. In 2013 she won the 9th International Elena Obraztsova Singing Competition, and the Vienna State Opera Award in 2018. She performed leading roles in European Opera houses such as Anne Truelove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Hungarian State Opera and Anaide in Nino Rota’s Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze at the Wexford Festival Opera.
Next season she will debut the roles of the Countess in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro at the Vlaamse Oper and the title role of Arabella with Victorian Opera (Australia) and reprise the role of Mimí from Puccini’s La Boheme in Belgium.