American soprano Caitlin Lynch studied at the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) before training with the young artist programs of Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival.
During the 2022-2023 season, Ms. Lynch will help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Music of Remembrance with performances of Jake Heggie’s Another Sunrise in Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago. She also returns to the Metropolitan Opera to cover the pivotal role of Clarissa Vaughan in the stage premiere of Kevin Puts/Greg Pierce’s The Hours. During the 2023-2024 season, she looks forward to returning to Houston Grand Opera in a leading role of a world premiere opera.
Caitlin Lynch began her 2021-2022 season with her company debut at Austin Opera, singing one of her most closely-associated roles, Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. Later in the season, she returned to Houston Grand Opera as the First Lady in Barrie Kosky/1927’s production of Die Zauberflöte, also appearing as a soloist for the company’s tribute concert to the late composer Carlisle Floyd. She joined the Metropolitan Opera to cover Contessa in its production of Le nozze di Figaro, sang a concert of Bolcolm and Brahms with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and bowed with the Kansas City Symphony for performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, led by Music Director Michael Stern.
For the COVID-19 impacted 2020-2021 season, Ms. Lynch’s engagements included: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Kalamazoo Symphony (performed), Handel’s Messiah with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (postponed), her return to the Metropolitan Opera to cover the role of Violetta in La traviata (cancelled), and a performance of the same role with the South Bend (IN) Symphony (postponed). She also appeared in a digital concerts with Portland Opera and Motor City Lyric Opera, and in the summer of 2020 presented a digital recital for the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.
A champion of contemporary composers and new music, Caitlin received international acclaim for creating the role of Eliza in Nico Muhly’s chamber opera, Dark Sisters, which premiered at the Gotham Chamber Opera in New York with subsequent performances at Opera Philadelphia. She created another role, Yadwiga, in the world premiere of Ben Moore’s Enemies, a Love Story at Palm Beach Opera, and has worked closely with composer Jake Heggie, who engaged her to sing the world premiere of his new song cycle, Another Sunrise, commissioned by Music of Remembrance in Seattle. This led to a world-première performance of a commission by Jake Heggie with Music of Remembrance entitled, Farewell, Auschwitz!
Caitlin Lynch made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Biancofiore in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini and returned as Cynthia in Nico Muhly’s world-premiere production of Two Boys; she has most recently sung performances of Contessa Almaviva and Pamina (The Magic Flute) with the company. Her other recent operatic engagements include Micaëla in Carmen with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for her debut with English National Opera; Contessa Almaviva with San Diego Opera and Seattle Opera; and Violetta and Marie Antoinette (Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles) with Chautauqua Opera.
On the concert stage, Caitlin Lynch has recently appeared with the Seattle Symphony (Beethoven 9th Symphony); the Handel & Haydn Society (Mozart concert arias & Mass in C Minor); the Saint Louis Symphony (Mozart Requiem); and the Omaha Symphony (Dvořák’s Stabat Mater). She has also sung Handel’s Messiah with the Ann Arbor, Pacific and Milwaukee Symphonies; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Grant Park Music Festival; Orff’s dramatic cantata Carmina Burana with Seattle, Milwaukee, and Alabama Symphonies and appeared at the Spoleto Festival USA as the Soprano Soloist in John Adams’ El Niño.
Additional career performances include Micaëla in Carmen at Seattle Opera; Marguerite in Faust at Michigan Opera Theatre (now Detroit Opera); Violetta in La Traviata with Arizona Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera; Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, with the Glimmerglass Festival, Detroit Opera, and Opera Lyra Ottawa; Donna Anna (Pittsburgh Opera) and Donna Elvira (Madison Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Carolina) in Don Giovanni; Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Arizona Opera); and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (Opera Carolina, Arizona Opera, Palm Beach Opera).
Caitlin Lynch was awarded First Place in the Houston Grand Opera Competition, and subsequently made her mainstage debut as Hero in Beatrice et Benedict. Additional awards include a Sara Tucker Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, First Place in the Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus Competition, and 2nd place in the Palm Beach Opera Competition.