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 will make 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. She will also make her Blackwater Valley Opera Festival debut singing in two productions; La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) and Maid Marion (The Maudlin of Paplewick).
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.
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
Music Maurice Ravel
Director Richard Jones & Antony McDonald
L'Enfant - Jeanne Ireland
Maman/La Tasse Chinoise/La Libellule - Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur
La Bergère/La Chauve-Souris - Ilanah Lobel-Torres
Le Feu/La Rossignol - Aleksandra Jovanović
La Princesse - Marianne Croux/Andrea Cueva Molnar
La Chatte/L'Écureuil - Ramya Roy
Un Pâtre/La Choutte - Gemma Ní Bhriain
Une Pastourelle - Liubov Medvedeva
Le Fauteuil/Un Arbre - Edwin Crossley-Mercer
L'Horloge/Le Chat - Timothée Varon/Alexander York
Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra National de ParisMaîtrise des Hauts‑de‑Seine / Choeur d’enfants de l’Opéra National de Paris
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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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