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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.

Metropolitan Opera – Die Zauberflöte

"Caitlin Lynch, as Pamina – in the single performance awarded her all season – proved a triumph lovely and moving, physically, musically, and vocally. Why don’t we hear this outstanding soprano more often?”

- David Shengold, Gay City News

St. Louis Symphony – Mozart Requiem

"Soprano Caitlin Lynch brought a clear, beautiful voice and radiant presence to her part.”

- Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Milwaukee Symphony – Carmina Burana

"Lynch…created an engaging character, singing with a gorgeous, ringing sound and communicative interpretation.”

- Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Michigan Opera Theatre – Faust

"As the tragic Marguerite, Caitlin Lynch delivered a shimmering, youthful soprano that was as natural in her giddy “Jewel Song” as in the final frantic act.”

- Jennifer Goltz Taylor, Opera News

Music of Remembrance – Out of Darkness

"Caitlin Lynch’s rich, shimmering soprano shines with a resplendent inner light, brilliantly projecting the combination of fortitude and empathy that made Zywulska’s survival possible. [Out of Darkness is] a powerful and painfully beautiful work, and between Miller’s virtuosic chamber ensemble and Lynch’s impassioned, multi-dimensional embodiment of Zywulska, it’s hard to imagine a better performance.”

- Joanne Sydney Lessner, Opera News

Arizona Opera – La traviata

"And so it is a true coup de théâtre for Arizona Opera to have cast the omnidextrous soprano Caitlin Lynch as Violetta in its latest production. In her opening-night appearance at Phoenix’s Symphony Hall, she shone in every facet of performance, from consummate interpretations of Verdi’s elegant arias to lucid acting in a dramatic arc that takes her character from carefree libertine to joyful penitent to forlorn wretch.

There isn’t a weak moment in Lynch’s tour de force, but her most captivating scene is the opening of Act 2, when Violetta, now happily cohabitating with the adoring Alfredo in her country house outside Paris, is visited by her lover’s father, Giorgio. Hoping for a warm welcome into the family, she is devastated when the stern patriarch presses her to sever her relationship for the sake of Alfredo’s sister, who cannot make a marriage match in proper society while a whiff of scandal lingers.

- Kerry Lengel, AZ Central

Milwaukee Symphony – Messiah

"Caitlin Lynch brought a ringing, silvery sound to the soprano solos, singing with technical ease and a flowing sense of musical line.”

- Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gotham Chamber Opera – Dark Sisters

"Among a uniformly excellent cast, Caitlin Lynch unfurled a shimmering soprano as rebellious wife Eliza.”

- James Jorden, New York Post

 

“Still, Mr. Muhly and Mr. Karam have done something right, because the wives emerge as poignant characters, especially Eliza, here the lustrous soprano Caitlin Lynch, who alone finds the courage to challenge her husband and unleashes a pent-up condemnation of the Mormon elders during the interview, calling upon her sisters to break free.”

- Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

 

“Caitlin Lynch gave an intense performance, with the lucid, natural quality of her soprano well-suited to her character.”

- Ronni Reich, The New Jersey Star-Ledger

Opera Carolina – Così fan tutte

"Caitlin Lynch, playing Fiordiligi – the girlfriend who resists temptation longest – sang with a lyricism and commitment that were especially telling.”

- Steven Brown, Charlotte Observer

Michigan Opera Theatre – Don Giovanni

"Chief vocal honors go to soprano Caitlin Lynch, a Michigan native, who sang Donna Anna’s music with seamless, effortless, unforced sound. Her “Non mi dir” was especially beautiful, a model of controlled yet plangent singing.”

- John Gunn, Opera News

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