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Audience Prize at NI Opera Festival of Voice, Glenarm (2015)
'while soprano Maria McGrann, from Northern Ireland, displayed considerable vocal beauty as Aurore, and collaborated well with Emma Watkinson in the role of the frustrated, love-lorn Jean de Moncerf'. - See more at: http://www.operatoday.com/content/2015/10/64th_wexford_fe.php#sthash.lfUfOv6M.dpuf (2015)
Having completed the Masters in Music program at Queen’s University of Belfast, Maria continued her studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and has graduated with a Recital Artist’s Diploma under the tutelage of Mary Brennan.
Maria’s most recent engagement was at Wexford Festival Opera where she performed the role of Aurore in their short work of ‘Le Portrait de Manon’, Massenet. She was also on the Northern Ireland Opera Young Artist Programme 2014-15 and was a Young Associated Artist of the Boyne Music Festival 2014. In August 2015, Maria was the recipient of the Audience Price at the NI Opera Festival of Voice Competition. She was soprano soloist of Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music performed at the Ulster Hall, Belfast with the Ulster Orchestra as part of the Belfast Philharmonic Choir’s 140th Anniversary Gala concert which was broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster, May 2015. She also performed as soprano soloist Dun laoghaire choral society in the final concert of their ‘Mozart Masses Series’ as Soprano soloist for the C Minor Mass and in their penultimate concert which included the Coronation Mass. Also in May 2015, she was soprano soloist of Carmina Burana with Carlow Choral Society. Maria had the privilege of being invited to sing for TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Hillsborough Castle, May 2015.
She has sung the roles of Donna Anna and the Queen of the Night (RIAM Opera Briefs), Josephine in HMS Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan (Buxton International Opera Festival), Cunegonde in Candide by Bernstein (Opera in the Open), the title role of Alcina by Handel (Queen’s University) and covered the role of Madame Mao in Nixon in China by John Adams (Wide Open Opera). She has also covered the role of Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti (Opera Theatre Company) and has performed the role of Serpina in La Serva Padrona by Pergolesi (Castalia Opera).
Maria regularly competes in singing competitions throughout Ireland with her notable successes being a finalist for the John McCormack Bursary, 2015 and 2012 at the Dublin Feis Ceoil, Bursary finalist at the Sligo Feis, 2013 and a Flax Trust Bursary Finalist in Belfast 2012.
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