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    Mezzo-Soprano

     

     

    Gemma Ní Bhriain

     

     

     

  • Biography

      

     

    Born in Dublin, twenty-six 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.

     

    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.

     

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

     

  • Upcoming Engagements

    Les Contes d'Hoffmann

    14th SEPTEMBER '18, 7:30pm- o'reilly theatrE, dublin

    15th SEPTEMBER '18, 7:30pm - o'reilly theatrE, dublin

    18th september '18, 7:30pm -Pavilion theatrE, Dún Laoighre

    20th september ' 18, 8pm - Solstice arts centre, navan

    22nd september '18, 8pm - lime tree theatrE, limerick

    25th september '18, 8pm - Everyman TheatrE, cork

    27th september '18, 8Pm - siamsa tíre, tralee

    29th september '18, 8pm - WATERGATE THEATRE, KILKENNY

    2ND OCTOBER '18, 8PM - TOWN HALL THEATRE, GALWAY

    4TH OCTOBER '18, 8PM - AN GRIANÁN, LETTERKENNY

    6TH OCTOBER '18, 8PM - Hawk's well theatre, sligo

    Music Jacques Offenbach

     

     

    Conductor Andrew Synnott

    Director Tom Creed

    Set & Costume Designer Katie Davenport

    Lighting Designer Sinéad McKenna
     

    Irish National Opera Chorus & Ensemble

    Hoffmann Julian Hubbard
    Olympia/ Antonia/ Giulietta/ Stella Claudia Boyle
    Niklausse Gemma Ní Bhriain
    Lindorf/ Coppélius/ Miracle/ Dappertutto John Molloy
    Andrès/ Cochenille/ Franz/ Pitichinaccio Andrew Gavin

    Crespel Brendan Collins

    The Voice Carolyn Holt

    Spalanzani Ferghal Curtis

    Schlemil Kevin Neville

    Nathanaël Peter O'Reilly

    Hermann Cormac Lawlor

    Luther Robert McAllister


     


      
    Tickets Available Here 

    Bernstein Story, Songfest

    29th november 2018, 8pm

    maison de la radio - auditorium de radio france

     

    Orchestre National de France

    Lan Shui - Conductor

     

     

    Samuel Barber

    Adagio for Strings

    The School for Scandal, Overture

     

    Bohuslav Martinů

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, No. 1

     

    Frank-Peter Zimmermann - Violin

     

    Leonard Bernstein

    Songfest

     

    Adriana Gonzalez - Soprano

    Gemma Ní Bhriain - Mezzo-Soprano

    Jeanne Ireland - Mezzo-Soprano

    Alexander York - Baritone

    Mikhail Timoshenko - Bass-Baritone

     



      
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    Recital at Opéra National de Paris

    30th january 2019, 8pm

    Amphitéâtre de Bastille, Opéra National de pARIS

     

    Gemma Ní Bhriain Mezzo-Soprano

    Hélio Vida Piano

     

    Programme:

     

    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Mahler

    Poème de l'amour et de la mer Chausson

    Sea Pictures Elgar

     

     


    Tickets Available Here  

    Lucia Di Lammermoor

    22nd, 26th, 28th february,

    5th, 10th, 14th, 19th March 2019

    Opernhaus Zürich

    Music Gaetano Donizetti

     

     

    Conductor Nello Santi

    Director Damiano Michieletto


    Lucia Ashton Nina Minasyan

    Venera Gimadieva (26 Feb, 5/10 March)

    Lord Enrico Ashton Roman Burdenko

    Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood Ismael Jordi

    Raimondo Bidebent Wenwei Zhang

    Lord Arturo Bucklaw Omer Kobilijak

    Alisa Gemma Ní Bhriain

    Normanno Jamez McCorkle



      
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    Hippolyte et Aricie

    19th, 22nd, 24th, 30th may, 2nd 7th, 14th june 2019

    opernhaus zürich

    Music Jean-Phillippe Rameau

     

     

    Conductor Emmanuelle Haim

    Director Jetske Mijnessen

     

    Orchestra La Scintilla

    Chor der Oper Zürich



    Aricie Mélissa Petit
    Hippolyte Cyrille Dubois
    Phèdre Stephanie D'Oustrac
    Thésée Jean-François Lapointe
    Pluton/Neptune Wenwei Zhang

    Diane Hamida Kristoffersen

    Tisophone/Seconde Parque Spencer Lang

    Troisieme Parque Alexander Kiechle

    Une Pretresse de Diane/Une Matelote/Une Chasseresse Gemma Ní Bhriain



      
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    Hippolyte et Aricie

    26th may 2019, 7:30pm

    théâtre de champs-elysées, pARIS

    Music Jean-Phillippe Rameau

     

    Concert Performance

     

    Conductor Emmanuelle Haim

    Orchestra La Scintilla


    Aricie Mélissa Petit
    Hippolyte Cyrille Dubois
    Phèdre Stephanie D'Oustrac
    Thésée Jean-François Lapointe
    Pluton/Neptune Wenwei Zhang

    Diane Hamida Kristoffersen

    Tisophone/Seconde Parque Spencer Lang

    Troisieme Parque Alexander Kiechle

    Une Pretresse de Diane/Une Matelote/Une Chasseresse Gemma Ní Bhriain



      
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  • 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

    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

     

     

    • 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

    11-04-18

    ''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

    28-06-18

     

    ''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

    17-09-18

     

    ''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

    16-10-16

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