Native Californian Clarissa Lyons has been garnering praise for her “luxuriant large soprano” (Los Angeles Times) and is currently in her second year of the The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.  She will make her Metropolitan Opera debut as Karolka in Janáček’s Jenůfa in October of 2016 and will sing Countess Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto in January and April 2017.

Most recently, Ms. Lyons joined the roster of Wolf Trap Opera’s Filene Young Artist Program where she appeared alongside Steven Blier in recital and as Stonatrilla in the US Premiere of Gassmann’s L’Opera Seria. This opera-within-an-opera, directed by Matthew Ozawa and conducted by Eric Melear, earned extensive praise from critics and audience members alike with a sold out run at The Barns at Wolf Trap.  Ms. Lyons is also a proud recipient of the 2016 Catherine Filene Shouse Career Development Grant from Wolf Trap Opera.

In January 2016, Ms. Lyons presented a Spotlight Recital in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall alongside tenor Miles Mykkanen and pianist Ken Noda and sang Lisa in The Met + Juilliard‘s production of Bellini’s La Sonnambula.  During the 2015-2016 season, Clarissa also performed at the Lindemann Recital Series at the Park Avenue Armory and in recital at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center.

2015 was an especially notable year for Ms Lyons after she was named the Grand Prize Winner at Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition, the Glenn & Ginger Flournay Award Winner at Shreveport Opera’s Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition, and the Audience Favorite and Third Place at the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition.  Additionally, she participated in The Song Continues series at Carnegie Hall in January 2015, helmed by iconic mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne where she performed in a masterclass led by Warren Jones.

As a Young Artist at Opera on the Avalon in St. John’s Newfoundland in 2014, Ms. Lyons received praise for her comedic timing as Helena in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” conducted by Vlad Iftinca and directed by Tom Diamond.  She also traveled to Seattle, Washington to perform the resurrection of Mark Morris Dance Group’s Love Song Waltzes and New Love Song Waltzes. She had previously performed with MMDG in Dido & Aeneas at The Mostly Mozart Festival as well as in Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Ms. Lyons had the privilege of performing in the West Coast premiere of Libby Larsen’s The Magdalene as well as John Musto’s arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s Songfest during the summer of 2013 at SongFest at Colburn.  The Los Angeles Time lauded Lyons’s “standout” performance of ‘Julia de Burgos’ in Songfest, which Mark Swed described as delivering a “burning angry heat.” Ms. Lyons was a Marc & Eva Stern Fellow at SongFest in 2010.

Ms. Lyons was vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in both 2011 and 2012.  Highlights from those residencies include performances Ravel’s Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarmé, Prokofiev’s Ugly Duckling, Chausson’s Chanson Perpetuelle, Monteverdi’s Lamento d’Arianna, and excerpts of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride with Susan Graham and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Lyons’ operatic repertoire also includes Donna Elvira, Mimì, Blanche de la Force as well as the premiere of Holy St. Francis’ Trainer in David T. Little’s Vinkensport and the New York Premiere production of Elaine O’Neill in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening.

Ms. Lyons also has a passion for concert and recital.  She and pianist Bretton Brown have appeared in recital at Opera America’s National Opera Center, the WMP Concert Hall in New York City, and the Sunset Center in Carmel, California in the Winner’s Recital for the Carmel Music Society. Ms. Lyons has appeared as a soloist with the UC Berkeley University Chorus, with the Vermont Philharmonic, and San Francisco Choral Society at Davies Syphony Hall in their performance of Mendelssohn’s  Elijah featuring Rod Gilfry.

In addition to her prizes at the Young Patronesses Competition, Shreveport Opera Competition, and Carmel Music Society competition, she has been recognized with the Eisner Prize for Excellence in the Arts and the Hertz Memorial Travelling Fellowship from UC Berkeley.  While a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Ms. Lyons was the recipient of the Thelma Fisher Memorial Fellowship in 2011 and the Mr. and Mrs. Walter Shmerler Fellowship in 2012. Ms. Lyons holds a B.A. with Honors from the University of California Berkeley, a M.M. in Classical Voice from The Manhattan School of Music, and a Master of Vocal Arts from Bard College Conservatory.