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.
Over the past number of years Gemma has performed various roles in some of the world’s leading opera houses including; Enrichetta di Francia (I Puritani) at Opéra Bastille, Le Pâtre and La Chouette (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges) at Opéra Garnier, Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Une Pretresse de Diane/Une Matelote/UneChasseresse (Hippolyte et Aricie) at Opernhaus Zürich. She also made her concert debuts at Théâtre de Champs-Elysées, Radio France and solo recital debut at Amphitéâtre Bastille, Opéra National de Paris.
In 2018 Gemma made her company and role debut with Irish National Opera singing the role of Niklausse in Offenbach’s ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’. Since then she has collaborated with INO on a number of online projects, including the Irish language opera ‘GLOACH’ as part of their 20 Shots of Opera Series.
In 2022 Gemma will feature in two more operas produced by Irish National Opera. She sings the role of Mother in Elaine Agnew’s
‘Paper Boat’ and will also sing the role of Anna in Donizetti’s ‘Maria Stuarda’.
Last September Gemma performed for the first time with Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. She performed the role of La Ciesca in ‘Gianni Schicchi’ and also recorded the role of Maid Marion in Ina Boyle’s ‘The Maudlin of Papplewick’.
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 Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte - Mozart), Valletto (L’incornazione diPoppea - 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; Jenny's Girl (The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) with OTC and Rough Magic; Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Florence Pike (Albert Herring) with Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Gemma has performed with various orchestras at home and abroad including; L'Orchestre de l'Opéra deParis, Le Cercle d’Harmonie, Orchestra La Scintilla, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Orchestre dePau 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 RTÉNational 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 YoungSinger of Real Potential.
Gemma also has a great love of chamber music. She is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Trio Cantare, with pianist Cahal Masterson and cellist Yseult Cooper-Stockdale.
Their inaugural recital performance opened the Drogheda Classical Music’s Autumn/Winter concert series last October and was met with high acclaim. It has since been broadcast twice on RTÉ Lyric FM.
Gemma is a grateful recipient of the Agility Award 2023 from the Arts Council of Ireland.
Heiligmesse - Haydn
11th June 2023 - 8PM
St. Andrew's Church, Westland Row - Dublin
Conductor - Duncan Brickenden
Choir - Dublin City Choral Union
Megan O'Neill (Soprano)
Gemma Ní Bhriain (Mezzo-Soprano)
Eamonn Mulhall (Tenor)
Rory Musgrave (Baritone)
Trio Cantare @ Music for Wexford
16th June 2023 - 8PM
St. Iberius Church, Wexford
Mezzo-Soprano - Gemma Ní Bhriain
Piano - Cahal Masterson
Cello - Yseult Cooper-Stockdale
2 Gesänge, Op. 91
Von Ewiger Lieber Op. 43, No. 1
Die Mainacht Op. 43, No. 2
Drei Romanzen, Op. 94
The Seal Man
Down by the Salley Gardens
Après un rêve
A selection from 12 Romances Op. 14 & 21
Alisa - Lucia Di Lammermoor - Donizetti
Anna - Maria Stuarda - 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
Enfant - L'Enfant et les Sortilèges - Ravel
Enrichetta di Franca - I Puritano - Bellini
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
La Ciesca - Gianni Schicchi - Puccini
Lehrbuben - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - R. Wagner
Mercedes - Carmen - Bizet
Mezzo - GLOACH - Linda Buckley
Mother - Paper Boat - Elaine Agnew
Niklausse - Les Contes d'Hoffmann - J. Offenbach
Piacere - Il trionfo del tempo - Händel
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
Songfest - Bernstein
Vier Lieder, Op. 2 - Schönberg
Vier Lieder, Op. 27 - Strauss
Elijah/Elias, Op. 70 - Mendelssohn
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht - Mendelssohn
Die Sieben Letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze - Haydn
Lauda per la Nativa - Respighi
Mass in D Minor - Haydn
Messiah - G. F. Handel
Requiem - W. A. Mozart
Così fan tutte - Irish National Opera
The Arts Review - Chris O'Rourke
''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 Tales of Hoffmann - Irish National Opera
The Irish Times - Michael Dungan
Dublin Song Series Concert
The Irish Times - Micheal Dervin
Morgen (Strauss) - Trio Cantare
Ah! Scostati... Smanie Implacabili (Dorabella) - Mozart
May 2023 - Irish National Opera
Sad and Luckless was the Season - Beethoven
National Concert Hall, Dublin - November 2020
Trio Cantare - Full Recital
Recorded at the Drogheda Classical
Music Festival, 21/10/'21.
(Begins at 37mins)
Una voce poco fa (Rosina) - Rossini
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