Irish Mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty is a singer who has firmly established a reputation as a respected interpreter of both early and contemporary works, alongside maintaining a busy schedule in mainstream opera and concert repertoire. She is an alumna of the RIAM Dublin, MDW Vienna, and the Oper Frankfurt Young Artist programme, and is currently an Artistic Partner to Irish National opera, as well as being a Creative Associate on the Irish Arts Council pilot “Creative Schools” scheme.
Regularly praised for her musicality and intelligence, her integrity as an artist, as well as the warmth, clarity and agility of her voice, her opera repertoire includes many of the important lyric and coloratura mezzo-soprano roles, such as Hänsel, Dido, Ruggiero, Dorabella, Cherubino, Ariodante, Orfeo, Sesto. On the concert platform her repertoire spans most of the major sacred concert works, including all the major works by J.S.Bach, as well as Messiah, Mozart’s Great Mass in c minor, and a broad song repertoire and numerous chamber-music works. She is also a dedicated song- recitalist, most recently appearing in song recitals with pianists Finghin Collins, Jonathan Ware and Graham Johnson.
Recent highlights include her London and Amsterdam opera debuts with The Second Violinist at the Barbican Theatre, and the Musiekgebouw in Amsterdam as part of the Opera Forward festival, and her Wexford Festival Opera debut as Lucy Talbot in the European première of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight. 2019 has seen her return to sing the title role in Irish National Opera’s critically acclaimed Orfeo ed Euridice on tour throughout Ireland, J.S.Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour in Holland with the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, as well as her June 2019 debut at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, premiering a new opera, Proserpine by Silvia Colasanti, to critical acclaim. Her schedule also includes numerous concerts and recitals, which include joining the Vogler Quartet for chamber music at the Sligo Chamber Music Festival, her debut at the Kölner Philharmonie, and a concert of baroque Suitcase Arias for Music for Galway.
Highlights in 2020 include her North American debut in Sept 2020, when The Second Violinist will tour to New York, as well as the release of her first disc of Schubert Songs, with pianist Jonathan Ware, due for release on the GENUIN label in May 2020, with concerts planned for Germany, the UK and Ireland. She features prominently in the Music for Galway/Galway 2020 season, in the world premiere of Elaine Agnew’s new opera, Paper Boat, as well as singing under the baton of Kenneth Montgomery in a December 2020 performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the RT National Symphony Orchestra.
Her discography includes La Traviata on DVD (Naxos 2016) with the NDR Radiophilharmonie alongside Thomas Hampson and Marina Rebeka, and The Mountebanks (Gilbert/Cellier) on CD (Dutton 2018) with the BBC Concert Orchestra.