American soprano Caitlin Lynch, whose "rich, shimmering soprano shines with a resplendent inner light" (Opera News), has performed leading roles on premier national and international stages including the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and English National Opera.
During the 2022-2023 season, Ms. Lynch will help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Music of Remembrance in Seattle, San Fransisco, and Chicago with performances of Jake Heggie’s song cycle Another Sunrise, a piece the composer previously engaged her to premiere after their close collaboration. 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.
Upcoming seasons bring Caitlin back to the Metropolitan Opera as the First Lady in the family-friendly production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and to Houston Grand Opera for the world premiere of Jake Heggie/Gene Scheer’s Intelligence.
Recent operatic engagements include performances of one of her most closely-associated roles, Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with San Diego Opera, Austin Opera, Seattle Opera, and covering the role with The Metropolitan Opera. Other recent highlights include Micaëla in Carmen with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for her debut with English National Opera, First Lady in Barrie Kosky/1927’s production of Die Zauberflöte with Houston Grand Opera, and Violetta in La traviata and Marie Antoinette in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles with Chautauqua Opera.
Caitlin 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 in Le nozze di Figaro and Pamina in The Magic Flute with the company.
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 also created the role of Yadwiga in the world premiere of Ben Moore’s Enemies, a Love Story at Palm Beach Opera.
On the concert stage, Caitlin has appeared with the Seattle and Kansas City Symphonies in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the Handel & Haydn Society in Mozart's Mass in C Minor, the Saint Louis Symphony in Mozart's Requiem, and the Omaha Symphony in 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 the 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 and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Pittsburgh Opera and Madison Opera, Utah Opera, and Opera Carolina respectively, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Arizona Opera, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Opera Carolina, Arizona Opera, and Palm Beach Opera.
Caitlin Lynch was awarded First Place in the Houston Grand Opera Competition, and subsequently made her mainstage debut with the company 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.
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.
"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
"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
"Lynch... created an engaging character, singing with a gorgeous, ringing sound and communicative interpretation."
- Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"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."
- Kerry Lengel, AZ Central
"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
The Trees on the Mountain
Carlisle Floyd's Susannah
Houston Grand Opera
Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro
Calmatevi, idol mio... Non mi dir
Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro
When I was a girl
Muhly's Dark Sisters
with Jean Schneider
Out of Darkness
Organ and Choral Music