Daire Halpin20 Shots of Opera
Dublin soprano Daire Halpin trained at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Trinity College Dublin and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Her operatic engagements include world premières — Julia in Torsten Rasch’s The Duchess of Malfi (English National Opera), Hilde in Craig Armstrong’s The Lady from the Sea (Scottish Opera), and Hulda in Raymond Deane’s The Alma Fetish (Wide Open Opera).
Other roles include Apollo in Gluck’s Il Parnaso confuso, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Diana in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Lucy Lockitt in Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Pamina and Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, the title role in his Theodora and Tigrane in his Radamisto, Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème, Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Gabrielle in Offenbach’s La Vie parisienne.
Concert engagements include solo appearances with the European Union Youth Orchestra (London and Reykjavik), and numerous appearances with the RTÉ orchestras.
In 2015 she premiered Nico Muhly’s Byzantium, a National Concert Hall commission for Yeats 2015. Her recordings include RTÉ lyric fm’s No. 1 bestselling Joyce Songs, BBC Radio 4’s adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses; and Lucy Lockitt for the European Opera Centre/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. She made her Irish National Opera debut in Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face.