Gemma Ní Bhriain




  • Biography



    Born in Dublin, twenty-five year old 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.


    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).


    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.


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


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


  • Upcoming Engagements


    26TH, 29th September, 5TH, 10TH 15TH OCTOBER 2017

    Mainstage opernhaus Zürich


    Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


    Conductor Karina Canellakis

    Director Tatjana Gurbaca


    Tamino Stanislas de Barbeyrac
    Sarastro Wenwei Zhang
    Pamina Ying Fang/Mari Eriksmoen
    Konigin der Nacht Sen Guo
    Papageno Ruben Drole
    Papagena Florie Valiquette

    Erste Dame Hamida Kristoffersen
    Zweite Dame Gemma Ní Bhriain
    Dritte Dame Judith Schmid

    Monastatos Michael Laurenz



    Operette von Jacques Offenbach

    26th November 2017, 7pm - Winterthur

    28th november 2017, 8pm - winterthur

    1st december 2017, 8pm - Tonhalle Wil

    11th december 2017, 7:30pm - Stadttheater schaffhausen

    12th december 2017, 7:30pm - stadttheater schaffhausen

    27th january 2018, 8pm - Turnhalle wEIACH

    28th february 2018, 8pm - Turnhalle wEIACH


    Music Jacques Offenbach


    Conductor Thomas Barthel

    Director Rudiger Burbach

    Stage and Costumes Anja Furthmann


    Abendwind die Sanfte Katharina Von Bock

    Atala, ihre Tochter Alina Adamski/Soyoung Lee
    Die Wilde, Ho-Gou, Köchin Gemma Ní Bhriain/Karina Demurova
    Bieberhuhn die Heftige Fabienne Hadorn
    Arthur, ein Fremdling Omer Kobiljak/Jonathan Abernethy
    Jim McLaren, Naturforscher Stefan Lahr

    L'Heure Espagnole &

    L'Enfant et les Sortilèges

    19th, 21ST, 26TH, 28TH jANUARY, 1ST fEBRUARY 2018

    Mainstage opernhaus Zürich



    Music Mauricer Ravel


    Conductor Pavel Baleff

    Director Jan Eßinger


    L'Heure Espagnole:


    Conception Paula Murrihy

    Gonzalve Frédéric Antoun

    Torquemada Spencer Lang

    Ramiro Andrei Bondarenko

    Don Inigo Gomez Michael Hauenstein



    L'Enfant et Les Sortilèges​:



    l'Enfant Deniz Uzun

    Feu, Princesse, Rossignol Sen Guo

    La Bérgère, La Chouette, La Chauve-Souris, Une Pastourelle Hamida Kristoffersen

    Le Pâtre, La Chatte, L'Écureuil Gemma Ní Bhriain

    L'Horloge, Chat Yuriy Tsiple

    Fauteuil, L’Arbre Ildo Song

    Le Petit Vieillard, La Reinette Member of IOS

    La Théière Spencer Lang

    La Tasse Chinoise/ La Libellule Irene Friedli



    La Finta Giardiniera

    5th, 8th, 13th, 16th, 18th mAY 2018



    Music W. A. Mozart


    Conductor Gianluca Capuano

    Director Tatjana Gurbaca
    Tickets Available Here 

    L'Incoronazione di Poppea

    24th, 27th, 30th June, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 12th July 2018

    Mainstage Opernhaus zürich

    Music Claudio Monteverdi


    Conductor Ottavio Dantone

    Director Calixto Bieito


    Amore, 1 Famigliare Jake Arditti

    Fortuna, Damigella Florie Valiquette

    La Virtu, Venere Hamida Kristoffersen

    Nerone Valer Sabadus

    Ottavia Stéphanie D'Oustrac

    Poppea Julie Fuchs

    Ottone Delphine Galou

    Drusilla Deanna Breiwick

    Nutrice Manuel Nunez Camelino

    Arnalta Emiliano Gonzalez Toro

    Seneca Nahuel Di Pierro

    Valletto Gemma Ní Bhriain

    Lucano, 1. Soldato, 2. Famigliare Thobela Ntshanyana

    1. Tribuno, Littore, 3. Famigliare Michael Hauenstein

    Liberto, 2. Soldato, Console Omer Kobiljak


    Tickets Available Here 

    GalaKonzert Des

    Internationalen Opernstudio

    9th July 2018, 19h

    Mainstage Opernhaus zürich



    Conductor Carrie-Ann Matheson

    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

    Ino - Semele - G. F. Handel

    Idamante - Idomeneo - W. A. Mozart

    Proserpina - Orfeo - Monteverdi

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

    Lehrbuben - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - R. Wagner

    Mercedes - Carmen - Bizet

    Niklaus - Les Contes d'Hoffmann - J. Offenbach

    Sally - A Hand of Bridge - Barber

    Sesto - Giulio Cesare - G. F. Handel

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

    Siebel - Faust - Gounod

    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

    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


    • 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 '17
    • IOS Gala-Konzert -  July 10th 2017, Opernhaus Zürich
    • 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
    • IOS Konzert - March 9th 2017, Stattheater Lagenthal
    • 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

    • IOS Konzert - December 4th, 11th 2016, Nottwil & Stein

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

    • Operetten Konzert - September 17th 2016, Bernhardt Theater Zürich

    • 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

    • Académie Gala Konzert - April 9th 2016, Palais Garnier

    • 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

    • Récital Mozart - October 10th, 11th 2015 - Théâtre Firmin Gémier, Paris

    • 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

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