Conor Breen is from Co. Armagh and read English Literature at Queen’s University, Belfast, before taking up a place on NI Opera’s Young Artist Programme. He made his principal debut with the company in Strauss’s Salome, as the Fourth Jew, and sang The Prince of Persia in Puccini’s Turandot. He also understudied Narraboth in Salome, and Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Other operatic credits include: Ambrogio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Narrator in Greg Caffrey’s The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse and in October he created the roles of The King and The Guard in Seán Doherty’s new chamber opera, Waking Beauty.
Conor was a Lay Clerk at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, and was invited to present two recitals for the cathedral’s annual music festival. Oratorio work includes Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Haydn's The Creation, and Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music with the Ulster Orchestra and the Belfast Philharmonic Choir; Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the St Columb’s Cathedral Chamber Choir; and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with St George’s Singers.
Conor has been invited to perform as the tenor soloist in the world premiere of Eoghan’s Desmond’s setting of Katharine Tynan’s The Flower of Youth which was commissioned by St Anne’s Cathedral for the centenary commemoration of the World War I armistice.