Kari Lyon
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Kari Lyon
Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Soprano

Australian soprano Kari Lyon is the recipient of the 2012 Concert Artist Prize in the Metropolitan International Music Festival in New York. In June, she returns to the US to play Bridie in workshops of Eric Sawyer’s opera The Garden of Martyrs (world premiere 2013), joining a distinguished cast, including Amy Johnson, directed by Vernon Hartman.

She has performed throughout Australia, Italy, the UK, and the United States. Her operatic roles include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (Castello Brancaleoni in Piobbico), La Prima Sorella Cercatrice in Suor Angelica (Teatro Bramante in Urbania), as well as Pamina and First Lady in Die Zauberflote, Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Amor in Orfeo ed Euridice, Gianetta in L'Elisir D'Amore, and Millie in Denise Page Caraher's delightful children's opera Figatroll.

Recent engagements have included Rosina in The Barber of Seville for Melbourne Opera, Bessie in Lyric Opera's Merrie England, a Baroque Odyssey with Melbourne University Choral Society and regular appearances as a soloist and ensemble artist of the Consort of Melbourne, performances with the Kronos Quartet, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Ensemble Liaison and La Compania. She is frequently engaged to perform early music and in 2011 gave a recital in the Resonance series for the Early Arts Guild of Victoria, featuring works of Carissimi, Monteverdi and Vivaldi.

Another highlight in 2012 will be opening the Resonance series in Melbourne with Wild Melancholy, following recital performances around regional Victoria. She also continues to appear with the Consort of Melbourne and enjoys a strong partnership with harpist Lucy O'Shea, performing at corporate events in Sydney and Melbourne.

As an assistant to Maria Vandamme, CEO of The Melba Foundation & Melba Recordings, she coordinated the 80th birthday celebrations for Richard Bonynge AC CBE, and worked on events and recording projects featuring Cheryl Barker, The Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and Guillaume Tourniaire. She continued her relationship with Melba events after leaving her full time position to concentrate on performing.

Kari Lyon holds a Bachelor of Music from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Western Australia, and studied opera at Sydney Conservatorium of Music and privately in London. She is a recent graduate of The Opera Studio Melbourne and is completing her thesis in Literature and Creative Writing through Deakin University.


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