Gemma Ní Bhriain




  • Biography



    Born in Dublin, mezzo-soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain graduated in June 2014

    with a BA in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she studied with Dr. Veronica Dunne.


    To begin her 2018/19 season Gemma will debut with Irish National Opera, singing the role of Niklausse in Offenbach's 'Les Contes d'Hoffmann'. She will return to Opernhaus Zürich in April to sing in a new production of Hippolyte et Aricie (Rameau). Gemma will also make her solo recital debut at Opéra Bastille, as well as her debut at Radio France and Théâtre de Champs-Elysées, Paris.


    In September 2016, Gemma joined the International Opera Studio of Opernhaus Zürich, and performed a number of roles during their 2016/17 season including Cléone (Médée - Charpentier), Frauenstimme (Orest – Trojahn) and Le Pâtre, La Chatte and L’écureuil (l’Enfant et les sortilèges – Ravel).

    During the 2017/18 season, Gemma continued at IOS Zürich and performed many new roles including; Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Ho-Gou (Häuptling Abendwind) and Ramiro (La Finta Giardiniera), to name just a few.


    From September 2014 until July 2016, Gemma was a member of the Atelier Lyrique Opera Studio at Opéra National de Paris. During her two seasons in Paris she debuted in five roles, including two world premieres; Dorabella (Così fan tutte – Mozart); Diane (Iphigénie en Tauride – Gluck); Proserpina (Orfeo – Monteverdi); Etienne (Maudits les Innocents - Urquiza, Lembke, Rotella, Alvarado) and Le Garçon (Vol Retour /The Way Back Home – Joanna Lee). She also made her main stage debut at Opéra Bastille singing the roles of Alisa in Lucia Di Lammermoor (Donizetti) and Lehrbuben in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner).


    Previous roles include: Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen in the National Concert Hall with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by John Wilson, with world-renowned mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon singing the lead role; Jenny's Girl (The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) with OTC and Rough Magic; Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen) with RIAM; Florence Pike (Albert Herring) with RIAM, and Sally (A Hand of Bridge) in RIAM's Opera Briefs series.

    Gemma has performed with various orchestras at home and abroad including; L'Orchestre de l'Opéra de Paris, Le Cercle d’Harmonie, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn and Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté.


    In January 2013 Gemma was awarded 4th place and also the Dermot Troy Award for Best Irish Singer and the Dame Joan Sutherland Award for Most Promising Young Singer in the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition. In the final she sang with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Patrik Ringborg. In the same year she also took part in the world renowned Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Amsterdam, where she was awarded the Wil Keune Prize for a Young Singer of Real Potential.



    Gemma is a grateful recipient of the South Dublin County Council Individual Artists Bursary Award 2016.


  • Upcoming Engagements

    I Puritani

    7th, 10th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 25th, 29th September,

    2nd, 5th OCTOBER 2019

    Opéra bastille, opéra national de paris

    Music Vincenzo Bellini



    Conductor Riccardo Frizza

    Director Laurent Pelly

    Orchestre et Choeurs de L'Opéra National de Paris

    Elvira Elsa Dreisig

    Lord Arturo Talbot Javier Camarena & Francesco Demuro

    Lord Gaultiero Valton Luc Bertin-Hugault

    Sir Giorgio Alexander Tsymbalyuk

    Sir Riccardo Forth Igor Golovatenko

    Sir Bruno Roberton Jean-François Marras

    Enrichetta di Franca Gemma Ní Bhriain

    Tickets Available Here 

    L'Après-midi d'Un Faune /

    L'Enfant et les Sortilèges

    18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 29th January 2020

    Palais Garnier, opéra national de paris



    L'Après-midi d'un Faune​



    Music Claude Debussy

    Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

    Conductor Vello Pähn


    Danseurs de la Compagnie Rosas



    L'Enfant et les Sortilèges


    Music Maurice Ravel

    Conductor Vello Pähn

    Director Richard Jones & Antony McDonald


    Artistes de l’Académie de l’Opéra National de Paris
    Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra National de Paris
    Maîtrise des Hauts‑de‑Seine / Choeur d’enfants de l’Opéra National de Paris

    Tickets Available Here 

  • Operatic Roles


    Alisa - Lucia Di Lammermoor - Donizetti

    Annio - La Clemenza di Tito - W. A. Mozart

    Cherubino - Le Nozze di Figaro - W. A. Mozart

    Cléone - Médée - Charpentier

    Diane - Iphigénie en Tauride - Gluck

    Dorabella - Così fan tutte - W. A. Mozart

    Etienne - Maudits Les Innocents - Urquiza, Lembke, Rotella, Allvarao

    Florence Pike - Albert Herring - Britten

    Fox - The Cunning Little Vixen - Janáček

    Le Garçon - Vol Retour/The Way Back Home - Joanna Lee

    Ho-Gu - Häuptling Abendwind - Offenbach

    Ino - Semele - G. F. Handel

    Idamante - Idomeneo - W. A. Mozart

    L'Écureuil/La Chatte/Le Pâtre - L'Enfant et les Sortilèges - Ravel

    Lehrbuben - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - R. Wagner

    Mercedes - Carmen - Bizet

    Niklausse - Les Contes d'Hoffmann - J. Offenbach

    Proserpina - Orfeo - Monteverdi

    Ramiro - La Finta Giardiniera - W. A. Mozart

    Sally - A Hand of Bridge - Barber

    Sesto - Giulio Cesare - G. F. Handel

    Sesto - La Clemenza di Tito - W. A. Mozart

    Siebel - Faust - Gounod

    Une Pretresse de Diane/Une Matelote/Une Chasseresse - Hippolyte et Aricie - Rameau

    Valletto - L'incoronazione di Poppea - Monteverdi

    Zweite Dame - Die Zauberflote - W. A. Mozart



    Concert and Oratorio




    Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer amato bene - W. A. Mozart

    Dover Beach - Barber

    Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52 - Brahms

    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Mahler

    Poème de l'amour et de la mer - Chausson

    Scena di Berenice - Haydn

    Sea Pictures, Op. 37 - Elgar

    Serenade to Music - Vaughan-Williams

    Vier Lieder, Op.2 - Schönberg



    Requiem - W. A. Mozart

    Mass in D Minor - Haydn

    Die Sieben Letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze - Haydn

    Lauda per la Nativa - Respighi

    Die Erste Walpurgisnacht - Mendelssohn

    Messiah - G. F. Handel




    Past Performances



    • Hippolyte et Aricie (Une Pretresse de Diane/Une Matelote/Une Chasseresse) - 19th, 22nd, 24th, 30th May, 2nd, 7th, 14th June 2019 - Opernhaus Zürich
    • Hippolyte et Aricie (Une Pretresse de Diane/Une Matelote/Une Chasseresse) - 26th May 2019 - Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
    • Lucia Di Lammermoor  (Alisa) Feb 22nd, 26th, 28th, March 5th, 10th, 14th, 19th 2019 -  Opernhaus Zürich
    • Opéra Bastille Solo Recital - 30th January - Amhpithéâtre Bastille, Paris
    • Bernstein Story, Songfest - 29th November 2018 - Maison de la Radio, Auditorium Radio France, Paris
    • The Tales of Hoffmann (Niklausse) - 14th September - 6th October 2018, Irish National Opera
    • L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Valletto) - 24th, 27th, 30th June, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 12th July 2018, Opernhaus Zürich
    • Gala Konzert Des Internationalen Opernstudio - July 9th 2018, Opernhaus Zürich
    • La Finta Giardiniera (Ramiro) - May 5th, 8th, 13th, 16th 18th 2018, Theater Winterthur
    • Dublin Song Series (Recital with Hélio Vida) - April 8th 2018, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall Dublin
    • L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (L'Écureuil/La Chatte/Le Pâtre) - Jan 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th, Feb 1st 2018, Opernhaus Zürich
    • Häuptling Abendwind (Ho-Gu) - Sept 23rd, Oct 12th 2017, Opernhaus Zürich
    • Die Zauberflöte (Zweite Dame) - Sept 26th, 29th, Oct 5th, 10th, 15th 2017, Opernhaus Zürich
    • Schubert: Dreaming the Sublime Lieder Finale - August 20th 2017, Kilkenny Arts Festival 
    • Great Music in Irish Houses - June 19th 2017, Hugh Lane Gallery, The Coach House, Dublin Castle
    • L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (L'Écureuil/La Chatte/Le Pâtre) - May 4th, 6th, 10th, 12th, 14th Theater Winterthur
    • Orest (Frauenstimme) -Feb 26th, March 2nd, 7th, 10th, 12th, 19th, 24th 2017, Opernhaus Zürich

    • Médée (Cléone) - January 22nd, 26th, 28th, 31st, Feb 3rd, 5th, 8th, 12th, 18th 2017, Opernhaus Zürich

    • Lucia Di Lammermoor (Alisa) - October 14th, 17th, 23rd, 26th 29th, Nov 4th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 16th 2016, Opéra National de Paris

    • Kurt Weil Concert - June 30th 2016, Amphthéatre Bastille

    • Viennese Favourites - June 17th 2016 - RTÉ NSO, National Concert Hall, Dublin

    • Die Sieben Letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze - May 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th 2016, Orchestra de Pau Pays de Béarn

    • Orfeo (Proserpina) - May 11th, 13th, 17th, 19th, 21st 2016, Amphitéâtre Bastille

    • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Lehrbuben) - March 1st, 5th, 9th, 13th, 21st, 25th 2016 - Opéra National de Paris

    • Vol Retour (Le Garcon) - December 4th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 17th, 18th 2015, Amphitéâtre Bastille

    • Così Fan Tutte (Dorabella) - November 6th, 8th 2015, Antipolis Théâtre d'Antibes

    • Bernadette Greevy Recital - October 7th 2015 - National Concert Hall, Dublin

    • Così Fan Tutte (Dorabella) - June 19th, 23rd 2015 - Maison des Arts et de la Culture Cretéil, Paris

    • Iphigénie en Tauride (Diane) - March 6th, 8th 2015, Théâter de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris

    • Maudits les Innocents (Etienne) - December 18th, 19th 2014, Amphitéâtre Bastille

    • Carmen (Mercedes) - May 31st 2014, National Concert Hall, Dublin

    • The Cunning Little Vixen (Fox) - January 15th, 17th 2014, Samuel Beckett Theatre

    • Albert Herring (Florence Pike) - January 13th, 15th, 17th, 19th 2013, The Project Theatre

    • A Hand of Bridge (Sally) - December 5th 2012, The Lir Theatre

  • ''Her approach was restrained and musicianly, her tone well maintained through her range. She gave the impression of being solid as a rock. And her good taste extended to her single encore, Britten’s arrangement of The Salley Gardens, where (Hélio) Vida kept up the high standards he set throughout the concert. Let’s hope we get to hear more of this young singer soon.''

    Dublin Song Series Concert

    The Irish Times - Micheal Dervin


    ''Delicious also was the Valletto of Gemma Ní Bhriain''

    ''Köstlich auch der Valletto von Gemma Ni Bhriain''

    L'Incoronazione di Poppea

    OnlineMerker.com -

    John H. Mueller



    ''The first is Nicklausse, Hoffmann’s wise, loyal and protective friend ...... a trouser role performed with warmth and understated lyrical ease by the mezzo-soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain.''


    The Tales of Hoffmann - Irish National Opera

    The Irish Times - Michael Dungan



    ''In the role of Alisa, Gemma Ní Bhriain is very convincing, even irreproachable. A very good actress, she also manages to retranscribe the fear and helplessness that animate her voice, without using great dramatic forces.''

    ''Dans le rôle d'Alisa, Gemma Ní Bhriain est très convaincante, voire même irréprochable. Très bonne comédienne, elle parvient également à retranscrire la peur et le désarroi qui l'animent dans sa voix, sans user de grands ressorts dramatiques.''


    Lucia di Lammermoor - Opéra Bastille

    Bachtrack - Maeva de Cruz


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