Lynda Keith McKnight
Affiliate Artist in Voice
Lynda Keith McKnight, soprano, made her stage debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1991 in the world premiere of John Corgliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, and has sung professionally with opera companies throughout the US and abroad. A winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1988, Ms. McKnight has been featured in Opera News magazine. Operatic performances include bows with the Toledo Opera, the Shreveport Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, the Wolf Trap Opera, and Sugarland Opera. In addition to standard repertoire such as Violetta, Musetta, Marguerite, and Hannah Glawari, she has become sought after as an interpreter of new and undiscovered music, with repertoire ranging from Zemlinsky’s The Chalk Circle to Daron Hagen’s Amelia.
Also quite active in the concert field, she has been heard from coast to coast, as well as in Europe and the Middle East, in collaboration with numerous prestigious orchestras, including the Nuremburg Symphony, Prague Symphony, Janacek Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Victoria Symphony, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Houston Masterworks Chorale, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Oratorio and symphonic repertoire includes Verdi’s Requiem; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; Brahms’ Requiem; Mozart’s Requiem, Solemn Vespers, and Coronation Mass; Bernstein’s Symphony #3 (Kaddish Symphony); Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lobgesang; and Handel’s Messiah.
An ardent art song enthusiast, Ms. McKnight has given over 50 recitals across the country and abroad. After making her Carnegie Hall debut in 1991, she has returned twice to perform there, most recently in a solo recital in Weill Recital Hall.
Ms. McKnight is a past winner of the WGN/Illinois Opera Guild National Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs National Competition, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Auditions. She was named the Singer of the Year in 1994 in the Texoma Regional NATS and the Shreveport Opera Competitions. Her discography includes Seduction and Prayer: The Music of Daron Hagen on the Arsis label, and she has been seen and heard in the “Live From the Met” radio and video broadcasts of Ghosts of Versailles. Ms. McKnight holds both a MM in Voice and an Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, as well as a BM in vocal performance from Baylor University.