A rich, radiant voice, expansive range and dynamic stage presence are the hallmarks of Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught. With a wide repertoire that includes Bellini, Dvorak, Gounod, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Strauss and Verdi, as well as contemporary composers, she enjoys an ever-growing international career on the opera, orchestra and recital stages. Tara makes her Irish National Opera debut as Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in April.
In the last three seasons, Tara has sung three world premieres, made her US opera debut, and appeared in recitals and concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. This season’s highlights include Tara’s company debuts with New York’s Metropolitan opera (Nicklausse, Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann; Hansel, Hansel and Gretel) and Gran Teatre del Liceu (Stephano, Romeo et Juliette) as well as debuts on the Welsh National Opera's and Vocal Arts DC recital series. Summer 2017 saw her recital debut at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, a gala concert with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, a gala recital in London’s Wigmore Hall, and her role debut as Annius in Deutsche Grammophon’s live recording of two concert performances of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in Baden-Baden. Additional opera company credits include the Hamburg Staatsoper, Theater an der Wien, and Washington National Opera. She has made 33 role debuts with the Bayerische Staatsoper alone. With the Wiener Staatsoper she sang the premiere performances of a new production of La Cenerentola, earning accolades as the “New Queen of Belcanto” (Frankfurter Allgemeine).
In Ireland Tara has sung Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Opera Theatre Company), Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (Wide Open Opera), as well as in concerts with The RTE National Symphony Orchestra and in recitals at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Music for Galway Series, and Drogheda International Classic Music Series.
A resident principal soloist with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, amongst her awards are a prestigious Promeritis scientiae et litterarum (2013) from the Bavarian government in recognition for outstanding contribution to the arts, a 2010 Dublin’s National Concert Hall's Rising Star Award, and a 2007 Dermott Troy Award for the Best Irish Singer.
A native of Dundalk, Ireland, Tara Erraught is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, where she studied, and continues to study, with the acclaimed Royal Opera soprano Veronica Dunne.