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Photo: Bríd Ní Ghruagáin

Bríd Ní Ghruagáin

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

Irish

Country:

Ireland

Languages (fluent):

English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Irish, Welsh

Opera

Ericlea
The Return of Ulysses (Claudio Monteverdi)
Opera Collective Ireland; Kilkenny Arts Festival
2018
Mezzo Chorus
Aida (Giuseppe Verdi)
Irish National Opera
2018
Mistress Quickly
'Falstaff' in 'Dispatches' (Giuseppe Verdi)
ENO Opera Works
2017
Second Lady
The Magic Flute (in English) (Mozart)
North Dublin Opera
2016
La Zia Principessa
Suor Angelica (Puccini)
Dublin Opera Studio
2016
The Witch
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)
North Dublin Opera
2015
Mother
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)
North Dublin Opera
2015
Die Hexe
Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck)
Trentino Music Festival per Mezzano Romantica
2015
Zita
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
Trentino Music Festival per Mezzano Romantica
2015
Mrs Noye
Noye's Fludde (Britten)
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
2013
Mrs Grose
The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
Gleeson Hall, Dublin, Ireland
2013
Madame Larina
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Conservatory of Music & Drama, DIT
2011

Operetta/G&S

Vénus
Orphée aux Enfers (Offenbach)
St Paul's Opera
2017

Contemporary Opera

Iseult
Beneath Iseult's Tower (Elis Czerniak, Sinéad Flanagan, Norah Walsh)
Opera Theatre Co. & Contemporary Music Centre, IRL
2017
Mezzo Principal
The 24hr Opera (Robbie Blake/Anna Murray/David Coonan/Teodor Radu)
Opera Theatre Company
2017
Leah
Long Story Short (Neil Martin)
The Belfast Opera
2016
First Secretary
Nixon in China (Adams)
Wide Open Opera
2014
Mezzo-soprano ensemble
Things We Throw Away (Brian Irvine)
Wide Open Opera
2014

Early Music

1st Alto Chorus
Spem in Alium (Thomas Tallis)
The Cardinall’s Musick & Kilkenny Arts Festival

Art Song

Mezzo Soloist
Songs After Rain (Neil Martin: a commission by HRH Prince of Wales)
The West Ocean String Quartet
2017

Chorus

Mezzo Chorus
Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Irish National Opera
2018
Mezzo Chorus
Eithne (Robert O'Dwyer)
Opera Theatre Company
2017
Mezzo Chorus
Idomeneo (Mozart)
Kilkenny Arts Festival
2016
Mezzo Chorus
Turandot (Puccini)
Northern Ireland Opera
2015
Mezzo Chorus
The Oldest Woman in Limerick (Brian Irvine)
Wide Open Opera
2014
Mezzo Chorus
Nixon in China (Adams)
Wide Open Opera
2014
Mezzo Chorus
Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach)
Conservatory of Music & Drama, DIT
2012
Mezzo Chorus
Cendrillon (Jules Massenet)
Conservatory of Music & Drama, DIT
2011

Oratorio/Concerts

Alto soloist
Coronation Mass (KV317) & Gloria (RV589) (Mozart; Vivaldi)
Dún Laoghaire Choral Society
2017
Alto soloist
Beatus VirR.597 (Antonio Vivaldi)
Fishamble Sinfonia &Dun Laoghaire Choral Society
2017
Alto soloist
Dixit Dominus R.594 (Antonio Vivaldi)
Fishamble Sinfonia & Dun Laoghaire Choral Society
2017
Solomon
Solomon (Handel)
Dún Laoghaire Choral Society & Fishamble Sinfonia
2016
Alto soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Dún Laoghaire Choral Society
2016
Alto soloist
Mozart Masses KV317, KV 262 and KV337 (Mozart)
St. Ann's Church, Dawson St, Dublin, Ireland
2015
2nd Soprano Soloist
Dixit Dominus (Handel)
Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
2014
Alto soloist
Mozart Masses KV194, KV49, KV65 and KV275 (Mozart)
St. Ann's Church, Dawson St, Dublin, Ireland
2014

Other

Singer / Facilitator
Siren Song (GF Handel; Jessica Maryon Davies)
ENO Baylis
2017

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

"De Torrente" from Handel's Dixit Dominus

"Di frequente la sera... Nel Silenzio"

"Doras i Chartres" by Colm Ó Foghlú, poem by Micheál Mac Liammóir. New commission.

"Ogni Vento" from Handel's Agrippina

What though I trace each bird and flower

Headshot BríNíG

Long Story Short: the Belfast Opera

Long Story Short: the Belfast Opera

Long Story Short: the Belfast Opera

Long Story Short: the Belfast Opera

OCI - The Return of Ulysses (Marshall Light Studio)

OCI - The Return of Ulysses (Marshall Light Studio)

OCI - The Return of Ulysses (Marshall Light Studio)

Competitions

Mahler Prize, Feis Ceoil, Ireland (2018)

Wilson Cup (Operatic Ensemble), Feis Ceoil, Ireland (1st Prize) (2013)

ENO Opera Works
English National Opera
2016–2017
Masters in Music (Performance)
DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama
2012–2013
Foundation Certificate in Music
DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama
2011–2012

2018 has seen mezzo-soprano Bríd Ní Ghruagáin join the chorus of the newly founded Irish National Opera for their launch in January and again for their inaugural production of "Le Nozze di Figaro" directed by Patrick Mason, conducted by Peter Whelan. She will round off the year with INO again, singing in chorus for their production of "Aida", directed by Michael Barker-Caven, conducted by Fergus Sheil. In between, Bríd joins Opera Collective Ireland and Kilkenny Arts Festival in the role of Ericlea for their production of Monteverdi's "The Return of Ulysses with the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, playing in both Kilkenny and Dublin. This production is directed by Patrick Mason and conducted by Christian Curnyn.

In 2017, Bríd worked on devising two contemporary operas: the first, as mezzo principal in Opera Theatre Company's "24-hour Opera" (part of their OperaHub programme) devising and performing the collaborative work of 4 composers, Robbie Blake, Anna Murray, David Coonan and Teodor Iuliu Radu, mentored by Brian Irvine. In September 2017, she originated the role of Iseult in "Beneath Iseult's Tower", a pop-up opera produced by OTC's OperaHub and The Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland. Another collaborative composition, this work was devised by the team and composed by Elis Czerniak, Sinéad Flanagan and Norah Walsh.

Bríd was one of the ENO Opera Works singers for their final intake in 2016-2017. She sang the role of Verdi's Mistress Quickly as part of the Opera Works devised showcases "Dispatches", quickly followed by a summer of world premiere performances. She premiered the Neil Martin song cycle "Songs After Rain", a commission by HRH the Prince of Wales at a special event in Hillsborough Castle in May 2017, attended by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

She originated the mezzo role of Leah in the world premiere of Neil Martin and Glenn Patterson's "Long Story Short: the Belfast Opera" in June 2016: a site-specific opera directed by Conor Hanratty and conducted by David Brophy in the Carlisle Memorial Church in Belfast. This was a co-production between the Belfast Buildings Trust, Northern Ireland Opera and the Belfast City Council and was the realistation of a dream of a Belfast opera 20 years in the making. The principals also worked as mentors to the 90-strong community chorus in their first foray into opera. That landmark production was followed by a performance as La Zia Principessa in Puccini's "Suor Angelica" and chorus for Mozart's "Idomeneo" in the Kilkenny Arts Festival conducted by Christian Curnyn. The summer was wrapped up with Second Lady in Mozart's "The Magic Flute" for North Dublin Opera.

In 2015-16, Bríd sang Mother and The Witch in Humperdinck’s "Hansel and Gretel" with North Dublin Opera and mezzo chorus in rehearsal for Northern Ireland Opera's production of Puccini's "Turandot", directed by Calixto Bieito. Other recent opera work includes Zita in "Gianni Schicchi", by Giacomo Puccini, and Die Hexe in Humperdinck’s "Hänsel und Gretel" – both as part of the Mezzano Romantica Festival in Trentino, Italy. Bríd has sung in chorus for OTC, Wide Open Opera and NI Opera.

She also sang 1st Secretary (cover) and chorus member in Wide Open Opera’s 2014 production of "Nixon in China" by John Adams, and sang in the chorus later that year in the series of street operas "Things We Throw Away" and "The Oldest Woman in Limerick", both by Brian Irvine for Wide Open Opera. Bríd performed the roles of Mrs. Noye in "Noye’s Fludde" and Mrs. Grose (cover) in "The Turn of the Screw", both by Benjamin Britten during his centenary year.

She was the soloist in the premiere of Colm Ó Foghlú's mass "Aifreann na nAingeal", commissioned by the national broadcaster in Ireland and also sang the premiere of his song cycle "Idir Scáth agus Solas" based on the poetry of Micheál Mac Liammóir, both performed in Irish.

Bríd recently graduated from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where she studied under Toni Walsh for the M Mus (Performance). She is currently studying with countertenor Stephen Wallace. She has earned several prizes in recent years including medals for the Louis Ely O’Carroll, Ruth Mervyn and Messiah competitions for contemporary and sacred song respectively. She was also part of the Britten Ensemble that won the Feis Ceoil Wilson Cup in 2013.

Having completed a dissertation on Irish language coaching for classical singers as part of her Masters, Bríd has worked as a language coach with Chamber Choir Ireland as well as opera singers at home and abroad. Most recently, she worked as one of the coaches on Opera Theatre Company's revival of "Eithne" by Robert O'Dwyer. Bríd also works as a producer of television, radio and theatre and is a member of the board of IMRAM, the Irish language literary festival. She also has been a member of Aisteoirí Bulfin, Ireland's premiere Irish language theatre group since the age of 16, acting in many of their productions. She is also an experienced voice actor, having provided voice overs for television as well as lending her voice to multiple cartoon characters and adverts.

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