Dublin mezzo-soprano Bríd Ní Ghruagáin appeared most recently as Ericlea in Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses (Opera Collective Ireland) in 2018. In 2017 performed in new works by Irish composers — in Elis Czerniak, Sinéad Finegan and Norah Walsh’s Beneath Iseult’s Tower, and Robbie Blake, Anna Murray, David Coonan and Teodor Iuliu Radu’s The 24hr Opera, both for Opera Theatre Company’s Opera Hub. Also in 2017 she took part, at Hillsborough Castle, Co. Down, in the first performance of Neil Martin’s song cycle, Songs After Rain, which was commissioned by the Prince of Wales. She made her UK opera début in 2016 when she created the role of Leah in Neil Martin and Glenn Patterson’s site-specific opera Long Story Short: the Belfast Opera (NI Opera/Belfast Buildings Trust).
Other roles include Mistress Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff (as part of an English National Opera Opera Works showcase); Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica; Mrs Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Mrs Noye in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde; Zweite Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; and Witch/Mother in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. She is a dialect coach for opera and theatre and worked on the first modern concert performance and recording of Robert O’Dwyer’s Eithne. She is currently working on Tionscadal na nAmhrán Gaeilge/The Irish Language Art Song Project, which has been funded through the Open Call scheme of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
She is an alumnus of English National Opera’s Opera Works 2016-17, and she studies with countertenor Stephen Wallace and dramatic soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet. She graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with a Masters in Music (Performance) in 2013.