Beth Lytwynec, mezzo-soprano
Acclaimed for her “sonorous” and “saucy” voice, mezzo-soprano Beth Lytwynec made her role debut as the irresistible Carmen at Arizona Opera in February of 2016. An alumnus of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio at Arizona Opera, her performances with the company have included Olga in Eugene Onegin, Maddalena in Rigoletto and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. A member of the elite Glimmerglass Festival young artist program in the summer of 2013, Lytwynec returned to the festival in the summer of 2014 where she was heard as Dryad in Francesca Zambello’s new production of Ariadne in Naxos. In the 2016-2017 season, she joins the roster of Lyric Opera of Chicago for the first time, for the new David Pountney production of Das Rheingold.
On the concert stage, Lytwynec made her debut with Phoenix Symphony in the 2013 -2014 season in performances of excerpts from West Side Story and Carmen, along with performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, a piece she was invited to sing the following season in her return with the same orchestra under the baton of Music Director Tito Munoz. Also in the 2014-15 season, Lytwynec sang her first performances of Verdi’s Requiem in Anaheim, CA and made her concert debut with Maestro Andrew Grams and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, again in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. In the current season Lytwynec adds Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis to her repertoire in performances with Orchestra Iowa.
In previous seasons, Ms. Lytwynec has performed with Chautauqua Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera New Jersey, Lyric Opera Virginia, Boston Opera Collaborative, and at Seagle Music Colony. Roles included the title role in Handel’s Serse, Mary in Der fliegende Holländer, Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Didio in Dido and Aeneas, Jo March in Little Women, Wowkle in La fanciulla del West, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro and Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw.
Ms. Lytwynec is a recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Bel Canto Award in the Orpheus Competition, and a semi-finalist for the Marguerite McCammon Competition.