Imelda Drumm | Mezzo-Soprano


Imelda Drumm



Imelda Drumm enjoys a successful international singing career. For over 30 years she has forged strong relationships with Glyndebourne Festival and Welsh National Opera in the UK and here in Ireland with Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, Wide Open Opera, Lyric Opera Productions and Irish National Opera as well as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra. She has won many national and international awards. These include the UK Esso and Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Glyndebourne Awards. She sang the role of Hansel in the 1999 Oliver Award winning production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at WNO. Her recordings include Hansel and Gretel for Channel 4 TV, Janáček’s Jenůfa under Charles Mackerras, and Verdi’s Falstaff with Bryn Terfel for S4C. In 2017 she took the role of Nuala in a concert performance of Robert O’Dwyer’s Irish-language opera Eithne with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under Fergus Sheil, a CD of which was released on the RTÉ lyric fm label. She is a founder member of Opera UK and SingersResound UK, organisations whose mission it is to improve communication between industry stakeholders. Imelda is staff lecturer in vocal studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She takes a keen interest in vocal pedagogy and health, and her doctoral research investigated the action of female reproductive hormones on classical singers; it is available in TARA the research repository at Trinity College. She made her INO debut as Amneris in Verdi's Aida in 2018 and sang Klytämenestra in Strauss’s Elektra in 2021.

May 2022