In her US debut, Australian soprano Kari Lyon drew critical praise for her “poignant and arresting” Bridie in the world premiere of Eric Sawyer’s The Garden of Martyrs. She won the Concert Artist Prize at the Metropolitan International Music Festival, has been finalist in the Elaine Malbin Vocal Competition and was recipient of the 2013 Jump Mentorship awarded by the Australia Council for the Arts. She is also a recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and the PPCA Performers’ Trust, and has been recognized for her “smoking coloratura” as Mozart’s Queen of the Night.
Recent highlights include Therese in Les Mamelles de Tiresias (Cincinnati); Georgia Stitt’s Alphabet City (New York); and two further premieres: The Cuckoo at Opera America, and Time Does Bring Relief for American Opera Projects. She led her first NYC play as Maria in Cabaret Opera at the Pompeii Theater, featured as Noemie in Utopia Opera’s Cendrillon and performed for the 20th Anniversary of Double Dialogues.
She holds a Bachelor of Music from the WAAPA, Honours in English, Communications and Cultural Studies from UWA and a Master of Arts in Writing and Literature from Deakin University, where she is a 2019 doctoral candidate.