Gavan Ring recently made the transition from baritone to tenor. The 2020-21 season sees his house debut at La Monnaie in Brussels in roles in Bastarda, a project based on the Donizetti Trilogy, as well as a return to Opera North to sing Gastone in Verdi’s La traviata and the Sergeant in Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper.
Recent appearances include a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera as First Commissioner in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites; Juan in Massenet's Don Quichotte and Azim in Stanford's The Veiled Prophet for Wexford Festival Opera; Casimiro in Storace's Gli sposi malcontenti for Bampton Opera; Frederic in Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance at Cork Opera House and a number of appearances on RTÉ radio singing repertoire including arias from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Verdi's La traviata, Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Verdi's Macbeth. For Opera North, he has sung Viennese New Year concerts, as well as covering the roles of Prologue & Quint in Britten's Turn of the Screw and Sam Kaplan in Weill's Street Scene. As a baritone, his previous roles included Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, in which he made his INO debut in May 2019; the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni; Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte; Horatio in Brett Dean's Hamlet; Figaro in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia; Olivier in Strauss's Capriccio and Falke in Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus for companies including Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Garsington Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera and the Edinburgh International Festival.
Gavan read education and music at St Patrick’s College, Dublin and after post-graduate studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, trained at the National Opera Studio in London. He is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Michael and Giancarla Alen-Buckley and Opera North patron Howard Gatiss.