Soprano Anne O’Byrne was born and studied in Dublin, Ireland, and gained scholarships to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, before embarking on a career in opera and concert which has taken her around the world. She has worked with many leading opera companies, conductors, and producers – Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Andrew Davis, Franz Welser-Möst, Jonathan Miller C.B.E, Trevor Nunn C.B.E, and Nicholas Hytner. She has sung over twenty major roles, including Mozart in Milan and the US (Pamina in The Magic Flute), Verdi in France (Gilda in Rigoletto), Puccini in England (Mimi in La Bohème), Bizet in Ireland (Leila in The Pearlfishers), and Handel in Melbourne, Australia (Oriana in Amadigi), to name a few. With the Irish Radio Chamber Choir, she broadcasted weekly, and has appeared on Irish television, BBC Radio, NPR, and Fox Business Channel as a guest soloist at a National Veteran’s Day concert from the Basilica of the National Shrine DC. Anne enjoys singing contemporary music, and has created roles in new operas for the Wexford and Covent Garden International Festivals.
Since her move to Richmond in 2002, with her husband David Fisk, the executive director of the Richmond Symphony, and their two children, Fionnuala and Oliver, Anne has performed for Virginia Opera, the Richmond Symphony, many East Coast choral societies, and has sung for distinguished international speakers at the Richmond Forum, including Robert Redford.
Anne has been teaching voice for over 20 years, and currently teaches at UR and the Academy of Music, Richmond. She has been Artist in Residence at UR, and continues to travel for concerts and recitals –in recent years performing at Carnegie Hall with the American Youth Harp Ensemble, and singing Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the London Symphony Chorus. Anne is recently returned from a highly successful concert tour in Ireland and the UK.