Brenda Hurley is the Director of the International Opera Studio in Zurich and is regarded as one of the leading vocal coaches of her generation. In the course of a long international career, she has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors, directors and singers. As pianist and vocal coach she has worked at the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Glyndebourne Festival, Wexford Festival, Scottish Opera, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Opera North, the Netherlands Opera, English National Opera , Opera Bastille ,the Ruhr Triennale, Opera Zuid, Opera Rara and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a passionate advocate of young singers, Brenda coaches for training programmes at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The National Opera Studio, London, the Young Artists Training Programme, Tokyo, the Semperoper, Dresden, the Jerwood Young Artists Programme in Glyndebourne, the Opera Academy Teatr Wielki in Polish National Opera, Opera Studio Nederland, Amsterdam and the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow.
She is a member of the vocal staff of the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
She was Head Coach for Salzburg Festival’s prestigious Young Singers Project in its inaugural year in 2008 and returns regularly as vocal coach.
She has been a jury member of international singing competitions such as Le Grand Prix de L’Opera in Bucharest, the Zinka Milanov international singing competition in Rijeka, Croatia, the Byulbyul international singing competition in Baku, Azerbaijan and Les Azuriales in Nice.