NEW YORK (WWJ) – A lifelong dream comes true for 31-year-old Caitlin Lynch Monday night when Lynch, who grew up in Birmingham, makes her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

She’ll play the role of Biano Fiori in the opera  “Francesca Di Remini.”

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Lynch began rehearsing the role a few weeks ago.

“I’ve spent many hours translating the opera from Italian into English so I knew every word,” said Lynch, adding, “I walked out onto the Metropolitan Opera Stage for the first time and looked into the house – from that perspective.

“I’ve been to many performances at the MET as an audience member, but never on that side of it, and it was pretty overwhelming and exciting and scary and amazing.”

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Lynch says she remembers standing back stage at the MET as a high school student on a class trip with her choir teacher.

“I remember her saying something to me like ‘you might be here someday’ and I’ll never forget the moment backstage – being backstage at the Met, a 16-year old probably,” she said.

Lynch, who graduated from the University of Michigan, will be back on the MET stage in the fall in another production.

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