Orla Boylan | Soprano


Orla Boylan

20 Shots of Opera


Irish soprano Orla Boylan has appeared internationally on leading opera stages including La Scala, Salzburg Festival, Sydney Opera House, Royal Danish Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, Opera North and New York City Opera.

Throughout her career she has been greatly in demand as an interpreter of German, Russian and Czech repertoire. Her performances as Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, the title roles in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Janáček’s Jenůfa and Katya Kabanova, Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre and Chrysothemis in Strauss’s Elektra affirmed her international reputation.

Her move into dramatic repertoire brought her notable acclaim with The Telegraph writing of her Opera North performance in the title role of Puccini’s Turandot, “here as the ice princess she is operating at full throttle, sailing above the stave and glorifying in her power”. Her thrilling performances as Senta in Wagner’s Der fliegender Holländer brought her international success both on stage and in concert (Royal Danish Opera, Oslo Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra) and her performances in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca (Opera Ireland, New Zealand Opera) have been broadcast worldwide on the internet and in cinemas throughout New Zealand.

Concert appearances include excerpts of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Die Walküre with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI di Torino and her recent debut as Soprano I in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was released on CD.