Mezzo-soprano Imelda Drumm, who was born in Laois and currently lives in Bray, is a lecturer in voice at the Royal Irish Academy of music and Dublin City University.
Her early career was developed by Glyndebourne Festival who sponsored her studies at the National Opera Studio in London. Since then, she has undertaken many international engagements as a freelance performer in a career spanning over 30 years. She has developed particularly strong relationships with Glyndebourne Opera and Welsh National Opera. In Ireland, she has performed with Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, Lyric Opera Productions and Wide Open Opera and is delighted to make her debut for INO in Verdi’s Aida.
She has won many national and international awards for her singing. These include the UK Esso and Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Glyndebourne Awards. She sang the role of Hansel in the 1999 Oliver Award winning production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at WNO. Her recordings include Hansel and Gretel for Channel 4 TV, Janáček’s Jenůfa under Charles Mackerras, and Verdi’s Falstaff with Bryn Terfel for S4C. Recently she recorded Nuala in Robert O’Dwyer’s Eithne with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under Fergus Sheil, a CD of which will be released on the RTÉ lyric fm label.