Gemma Ní Bhriain
Born in Dublin, mezzo-soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain graduated in June 2014
with a BA in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she studied with Dr. Veronica Dunne.
During her 2019/2020 season Gemma made her role debut of Enrichetta di Francia in I Puritani at Opéra Bastille, followed by her mainstage debut at Opéra Garnier singing the role of Le Pâtre and La Chouette in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.
During the 2018/19 season, Gemma made her company and role debut singing Niklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann - Offenbach) with Irish National Opera. She also made her solo recital debut at Opéra Bastille in January 2019. She returned to Opernhaus Zürich to perform Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Une Pretresse de Diane/Une Matelote/Une Chasseresse in a new production of Rameau’s ‘Hippolyte et Aricie’.
Gemma also made her debut at Radio France and Théâtre de Champs-Elysées, Paris.
In September 2016, Gemma joined the International Opera Studio of Opernhaus Zürich. During her two seasons as a member of the studio she performed many roles including Cléone (Médée - Charpentier), Le Pâtre, La Chatte and L’écureuil (l’Enfant et les Sortilèges – Ravel), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte - Mozart), Valletto (L’incornazione di Poppea - Monteverdi) and Ramiro (La Finta Giardiniera - Mozart) 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 solo debut at Opéra Bastille singing the role of Alisa in Lucia Di Lammermoor (Donizetti).
Previous roles include: Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen in the National Concert Hall with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by John Wilson; 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, Orchestra La Scintilla, 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.
NCH Classical Livestream Series
Saturday 14th November 2020
Ireland, UK, Europe, 8.00pm BST / 9.00pm CEST
National Concert Hall, Dublin
Finghin Collins, fortepianoGemma Ní Bhriain, mezzo-sopranoSarah McMahon, celloClaire Duff, violinBeethoven
Variations on “Bei Männern” from The Magic Flute for cello and pianoLieder with pianoThree Songs Op. 83Wonne der WehmutSehnsuchtMit einem gemalten Band Two songs from MignonNur wer die Sehnsucht kennt (WoO 134)Kennst Du das Land (Op. 75, No. 1)Irish Folk Songs with piano trioThe Wand’ring Gypsey, Sirs, am I (WoO 152, No. 23)Sad and luckless was the season (WoO 153, No. 6)O Harp of Erin (WoO 154, No. 2)Beethoven Piano Trio Op.1 No.3In this programme members of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, directed by Finghin Collins, explore works by Beethoven as part of the 250th anniversary year.We start with a short set of variations for cello and piano on Papageno and Pamina’s duet “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute - full of charm and invention, and quite virtuosic for both instruments.His 'Irish Songs' and 'Lieder' receive a rare outing in this programme, brought to life by mezzo-soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain. A Scottish publisher, George Thompson, asked Beethoven to arrange music for a series of folk songs, although Beethoven never visited Ireland or the British Isles. Thompson also commissioned Haydn to undertake a similar project, leading Beethoven in 1812 to write, in a fit of irritability ‘I know that Haydn got four ducats last year for songs he did, and, of course, Kozeluch did them for two. Congratulations on that. I’m surprised you esteem him so much, because I’m better than that miserable swine.’Despite their designation, Beethoven’s Op.1 trios were not his first published compositions; this distinction belongs rather to his Dressler Variations for keyboard (WoO 63). Evidently these pieces were the earliest ones he had produced that were substantial enough to constitute a first major publication in order to audition his style for the musical public. This work was later recycled by Beethoven into the String Quintet in C minor Op.104.The concert will be available to tickets holders for 48 hours following the performance
Tickets Available Here
20 Shots of Opera - GLAOCH
17th- 31st December 2020
Online - irishnationalopera.ie
20 composers. 20 short operas. All composed and performed under the shadow of Covid-19.
When conversations occur through screens, our eyes can't meet. Our connection falters, then breaks. In these times of rift and rupture, who haunts the glitch?
Music - Linda Buckley
Libretto - Doireann Ní Ghríofa
Conductor - Elaine Kelly
Director - Hugh O'Connor
Soprano - Sarah Shine
Mezzo-Soprano - Gemma Ní Bhriain
More Information Available Here
Gianni Schicchi / Pagliacci
May 2021 - Dates TBA
Lismore Castle, Blackwater Valley Opera Festival
Music - Giacomo Puccini
Conductor - Darren Hargan
Director - Pierre-Emmanuel Rousseau
Gianni Schicchi - Leonardo Galeazzi
Lauretta - Solen Mainguené
Rinuccio - John Porter
La Ciesca - Gemma Ní Bhriain
Gherardo - James Nelson
Nella - Sandra Oman
Betto di Signa - Rory Dunne
Simone - John Molloy
Marco - Matteo Loi
Zita - Mihaela Loredana Chirvase
Music - Ruggero Leoncavallo
Canio - Alejandro Roy
Nedda - Solen Mainguené
Tonio - Leonardo GaleazziBeppe - John Porter
Silvio - Matteo Loi
Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Orchestra
Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Chorus
Maudlin of Paplewick
St. Carthage's Cathedral, Lismore, Blackwater Valley Opera Festival
Music - Ina Boyle
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
Enrichetta di Franca - I Puritano - Bellini
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/La Chouette/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 - La Clemenza di Tito - W. A. Mozart
Siebel - Faust - Gounod
Une Prêtresse de Diane/Une Matelote/Une Chasseresse - Hippolyte et Aricie - Rameau
Valletto - L'incoronazione di Poppea - Monteverdi
Zweite Dame - Die Zauberflöte - W. A. Mozart
Concert and Oratorio
Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer amato bene - W. A. Mozart
Dover Beach - Barber
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42 - Schumann
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
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
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
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
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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