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Caitlin Lynch

Associate Professor of Music
Caitlin Lynch


Declared “luminous” by the New York Times and “eloquent” by the Wall Street Journal, soprano Caitlin Lynch is captivating audiences with her portrayals of iconic leading ladies. She made her debut at The Metropolitan Opera in 2013 as Biancofiore in Francesca da Rimini and has since returned as Cynthia in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro

Ms. 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. Other appearances during the season include the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Houston Grand Opera (where she also appeared as a soloist in a tribute concert to composer Carlisle Floyd), a concert of Bolcom, Price and Brahms with Chamber Music Detroit, and performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Kansas City Symphony. In future seasons, she will continue her relationship with the Metropolitan Opera, sing a leading role in a world premiere opera with Houston Grand Opera, return to Music of Remembrance and debut with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. 

Additional recent engagements include: her debut with English National Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Micaëla in Carmen, conducted by Seiji Ozawa at his Music Academy, Marie Antoinette in Ghosts of Versailles with Chautauqua Opera, the role of Yadwiga in the world première of Ben Moore’s Enemies, a Love Story at Palm Beach Opera, Marguerite in Faust at Michigan Opera Theatre, Violetta in La Traviata with Arizona Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera; and a return to the Spoleto Festival USA as the Soprano Soloist in John Adams’ El Niño. Concert engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Seattle Symphony, Orff’s dramatic cantata Carmina Burana with Seattle Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and Alabama Symphony, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Grant Park Music Festival, and Händel’s Messiah at Pacific Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony. 

She 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 the Opera Company of Philadelphia. 

Of her signature role, Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, (Metropolitan Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Michigan Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa) critics wrote “Time stands still when Caitlin Lynch sings. Her honeyed tone and sweetness of expression as Countess Almaviva goes straight to the heart.” Other Mozart roles include Donna Anna (Pittsburgh Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre) and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Utah Opera, Madison Opera, Opera Carolina),Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Arizona Opera), and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (Opera Carolina, Arizona Opera, Palm Beach Opera). 

Caitlin has degrees from University of Michigan and University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.  She was a member of young artists programs with Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera,Cincinnati Opera and Glimmerglass Opera.  

Ms. Lynch recently recorded an album of 23 songs in seven different languages with pianist Jean Schneider, entitled Sweet Dreams: Lullabies and Night Songs. Caitlin is a passionate teacher, mentor and producer.  She has a private studio and has been on faculty at Wayne State University for the past several years. In collaboration with Wayne State University’s “Detroit Song Book”, she commissioned seven new poems and songs in response to Covid-19 in 2020/2021, called Song Portraits. Caitlin and her husband, baritone Jonathan Lasch, cofounded Detroit Song Collective, which is dedicated to celebrating the living power of song to move hearts, change lives, and transform the world. They live in Ferndale, MI with their three children.



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