Gilda Lyons is an active vocalist and fierce advocate of contemporary music. She has commissioned, premiered, and workshopped new vocal works by dozens of composers. Of her performance in Daron Hagen's opera Shining Brow (Buffalo Philharmonic/Falletta) (Naxos) David Shengold of Opera, UK writes "Gilda Lyons’s clear soprano compels admiration."
A new-music specialist who moves easily between styles, Ms. Lyons' intense commitment to contemporary music is coupled with a passion for ancient and traditional works. Recent events include performances as vocalist at Manhattan’s Flea Theater, Hudson Opera House, The Phoenix Concerts, and Park Avenue Armory, as part of Lauren Flanigan’s Music and Mentoring House Gala. She performs the full range of vocal music and has premiered new works by Hayes Biggs, Ruth Cunningham, Stephen Dembski, Alberto García Demestres, Robert Frankenberry, Daniel Gilliam, Daron Aric Hagen, Miles Hankins, Paula M. Kimper, Slavko Krstic, Eric Moe, Ned Rorem, Jessica Rudman, Faye-Ellen Silverman, and Roger Zahab, among many others.
Ms. Lyons studied voice with Arthur Burrows, Barry Busse and Elaine Valby; conducting with Roger Zahab; and composition with Anne LeBaron, Eric Moe, Daria Semegen, Joan Tower and Roger Zahab.