Gemma Ní Bhriain | mezzo-soprano


Gemma Ní Bhriain

20 Shots of Opera


Born in Dublin, mezzo-soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain graduated in June 2014 with a BA in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she studied with Dr. Veronica Dunne.

After completing her degree, Gemma was invited to become a member of the Atelier Lyrique Opera Studio at Opéra National de Paris. During her two seasons in Paris she debuted in five roles, including two world premieres.

In 2016 she then went on to join, for a further two seasons, the International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zürich. There she performed many roles including Cléone (Médée - Charpentier), Le Pâtre, La Chatte and L’écureuil (l’Enfant et les Sortilèges - Ravel), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte - Mozart), Valletto (L’incornazione di Poppea - Monteverdi) and Ramiro (La Finta Giardiniera - Mozart) to name just a few.

Over the past number of years, Gemma has also made her concert debuts at Théâtre de Champs-Elysées, Radio France and solo recital debut at Amphitéâtre Bastille, Opéra National de Paris.

In 2018 Gemma made her company and role debut with Irish National Opera singing the role of Niklausse in Offenbach’s ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’. She will return to stage in Ireland in May 2021 where she will be performing for the first time with Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. She will perform the role of La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi and also the role of Maid Marion in the world premiere of Ina Boyle’s The Maudlin of Paplewick.