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 Veronica Dunne. After completing her degree, she 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 Zurich Opera House. There she performed many roles including Cléone in Charpentier’s Médée, Le Pâtre, La Chatte and L’écureuil in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges, Zweite Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Valletto in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. Over the past number of years, she also made her concert debuts at Théâtre de Champs-Elysées, Radio France, and solo recital debut at Amphithéâtre Bastille, Opéra national de Paris. In 2018 she made her company and role debut with Irish National Opera as Niklausse in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann and recently performed in Linda Buckley’s Glaoch for INO’s 20 Shots of Opera, 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 Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and also Maid Marion in the world premiere of Ina Boyle’s The Maudlin of Paplewick.