OPERA SINGER/SINGING TEACHER/ SONGWRITER/ MUSE CHANTEUSE
"a voice of sensual beauty and truth"
"acting and stage presence...riveting...beyond praise...envelopes the audience and transports it..."
Australian born mezzo soprano, Lisa Byrnes, studied voice in Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom and completed a Masters of Performance (Opera) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has received several scholarships including an award from the Italian Government to study language and libretti in Italy.
Since graduating, Lisa has performed internationally as a soloist at venues including the Sydney Opera House, the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, the Loftus Stadium in London, and Angel Place Recital Hall in Sydney, and continues to perform as a soloist at major events and concerts in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.
Recent performances include singing the mezzo soprano solo for the Verdi Requiem at Birmingham Symphony Hall, soloist for ‘Highlights of Opera’ at the Sydney Opera House, and a tour of “My Fair Lady” for Opera Australia in New Zealand. Recitals and concerts with husband, Chris Taylor, include performances for the Schubert Society of London’s 150th celebrations, the Women’s Council Awards and creating and performing, ‘Muse Chanteuse’, a show featuring their original songs, for Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and 2011 where they received a 5 star review (Three weeks).
Opera work includes productions for Opera Queensland and Opera Australia in Australia, and many innovative companies in the United Kingdom. Roles performed include Orlofsky, Cherubino, and Siebel.
As a songwriter, Lisa has created songs and shows for Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Dr Sketchy’s Cabaret evenings, and the Byron Entertainment Centre in Australia and has been a finalist in the U.K. Song Writing Competition in 2007, 2008 and 2010 for her classical fusion songs.