Bass-baritone Padraic Rowan graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2013 with a Masters in Music Performance. He was an Opera Theatre Company Artist in 2012-13, a Jerwood Young Artist at the 2014 Glyndebourne Festival, a member of the Staatsoper Stuttgart Opera Studio for the 2016/17 season, and is a laureate of Le Jardin des Voix, the young artist programme of William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants.
He is also A Next Generation Bursary Award recipient from the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, and won First Prize at the 2016 Les Azuriales Opera International Singing Competition in France. He also won the 2016 Bernadette Greevy Bursary Award and was the recipient of the 2016 Jim McNaughton/TileStyle Artist’s Bursary.
His opera engagements include Littore in Montverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Salzburg Festival); the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Landestheater Coburg); Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Il gran sacerdote in Verdi’s Nabucco (Staatsoper Stuttgart); L'Autre Officier in Massenet’s Thérèse (Wexford Festival Opera); First Soldier in Strauss’s Salome (Northern Ireland Opera); Lesbo in Handel’s Agrippina (Irish Youth Opera); and Colline in Puccini’s La bohem̀e (Opera Theatre Company).
As a concert soloist, he has performed Handel's Messiah with the Staatskapelle Halle and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Further engagements include Bach's St Matthew Passion and Weihnachtsoratorium, Mozart's Requiem and Haydn's The Creation. Under the direction of Emmanuelle Haïm, Padraic performed works from Handel as part of the 2015 Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. Future engagements include Handel’s Messiah on a tour of Asia with Les Arts Florissants, as well as a house debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.