Full biogs for the cast of Handel's Acis and Galatea, touring nationwide from 25 March - 13 April
Eamonn Mulhall (Tenor ) - Acis
Eamonn returns to OTC having sung in previous productions of Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Fidelio and Rise and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. He read French literature and Music at UCD before training at the Royal College of Music and National Opera Studio in London. His opera and theatre engagements include Turandot (NI Opera), La cenerentola and Salomé (Wexford Festival), Il barbiere di Siviglia and a staged Messiah (ENO), After Dido (Young Vic), the world premieres of James MacMillan’s Clemency (ROH2 Covent Garden; Scottish Opera) and Dorian Gray (Slovak National Theatre), Barbe-bleue (Grange Park Opera), Tristan und Isolde (Wide Open Opera) and Amadeus (National Theatre, London) under such directors as Katie Mitchell, Oliver Mears, Michael Longhurst, Calixto Bieto and Deborah Warner. In concert, he has appeared frequently with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra as well as with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Last season, he sang at the Bach Festival in Lausanne, Switzerland and at the Prague International Spring Festival, Czech Republic.
Susanna Fairbairn (Soprano ) –Galatea
English soprano Susanna Fairbairn is increasingly in demand for operatic and solo work in diverse genres; 2017 will see three world premieres, and her first CD – the music of Geoffrey Bush and Joseph Horovitz – released on Naxos. Operatic roles include Countess Le nozze di Figaro (Longborough Festival Opera); Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Eleonora Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo, Juno La Calisto, Bice Pia de’ Tolomei, 1st Priestess Iphigénie en Tauride, Soloist St. John Passion, Romilda Xerxes, Minerva Il ritorno d’Ulysses in Patria; Gismonda cover Ottone ( English Touring Opera); Margery The Dragon of Wantley (London Handel Festival); Donna Elvira Don Giovanni; Armida Rinaldo; Papagena Magic Flute; Lady Billows Albert Herring. Susanna made her Wigmore Hall début as a Park Lane Group Young Artist last year to great critical acclaim. She has given recitals across the UK, including at St. James Piccadilly and the Purcell Room. Highlights as a soloist include concerts with Laurence Cummings for London Handel Festival; Schumann with the Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, Brahms Requiem in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, and Tavener’s Veil of the Temple in the composer’s presence. Susanna studied at the Wales International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of Dennis O’Neill and Nuccia Focile and previously at Trinity College of Music, with Alison Wells. Formerly, Susanna studied flute as an Instrumental Scholar whilst completing her undergraduate degree at Magdalen College, Oxford, and is now mentored by Raymond Connell. For more information, please visit www.susannafairbairn.com.
Edward Grint (Bass-Baritone ) - Polyphemus
British bass-baritone Edward Grint studied at King's College, Cambridge as a choral scholar, and at the International Benjamin Britten Opera School at The Royal College of Music. On the operatic stage, Edward’s roles include Arcas Iphigénie en Aulide (Theatre an der Wien), Adonis Venus and Adonis, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas (Innsbruck Festival), Father Akita Neige (Luxembourg), Eddie Turnage’s Greek (UK and Korea), Teobaldo Faramondo (Göttingen Handel Festival) and Polyphemus Acis and Galatea (Clemont-Ferrand, Festival Chaise Dieu, Massy Opera). In concert Edward has performed with many of the UK’s leading ensembles. Repertoire includes Bach St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Magnificat, Coffee Cantata, Messiah, Brahms and Mozart Requiem. Recent performances include Chandos Te Deum(London Handel Festival), Achilla Giulio Cesare (Amsterdam), Il Re Ariodante (Opera Theatre Company), and Brockes Passion(King’s College Cambridge). 2016/2017 engagements include Monteverdi Vespers with the Dunedin Consort, a programme of Monteverdi Madrigals with Les Arts Florissants and Paul Agnew, Sylvan La Calisto with La Nuova Musica and David Bates, Elviro Serses with Early Opra company and Christian Curnyn, a return visit to Clermont-Ferrand to sing The Lovers by Barber, Birtwistle’s The Last Supper with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Chandos Anthems at the London Handel Festival and Mass in B Minor with the Cambridge University Music Society.
Damon/Chorus (Tenor) - Andrew Gavin
Andrew completed his Masters in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2016, achieving First Class Honours under the tuition of Mary Brennan. A graduate of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Andrew graduated with First Class Honours in English Literature. He has also graduated from the M. Phil in Children’s Literature at Trinity College, Dublin. At the Wexford festival last year, Andrew performed a ShortWorks role in Donizetti’s Il Campanello and chorus for Herculanum and Vanessa. Andrew has been awarded the PwC Wexford Festival Emerging Young Artist bursary. At the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Andrew sang the role of Arbace in a concert performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo. While studying at the RIAM, Andrew sang the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and also performed the title role in a production of Ormindo by Francesco Cavalli, both at the Samuel Beckett theatre. Andrew made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2016 as part of the 'Irish Culture in Britain: A Centenary Celebration’. Notable oratorio engagements include Handel’s Messiah, C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation, J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Mark Passion and the complete Mozart mass series of the Dún Laoghaire choral society. Upcoming engagements include the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral and Mendelssohn’s Symphony no.2 ‘Lobgesang’ at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and the Ulster Hall, Belfast.
Sinead O’Kelly (Soprano ) - Chorus
Sinéad has just attained a Masters with Distinction from the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied with Tim Evans-Jones and Caroline Dowdle. She was a BBC/ NIArts Young Musicians Platform Award Holder for 2015/16. Sinéad was NI Opera’s ‘Voice of 2013’ having won the main prize and the audience prize at the 2013 Festival of Voice. She recently made her Royal Albert Hall solo debut singing ‘Persephone’ in the world premiere of John Barber’s oratorio Seven Seeds. Sinéad is also a keen advocate of Song repertoire and was recently featured in the London Song Festival and the Oxford Lieder Festival. She is the 2013 winner of the Courtney Kenny English Song Award, attained 2nd place in the RCM’s 2014 Joan Chisell Schumann Competition and won the Schubert Song Prize at the 2015 International Mozart Competition. On the stage, Sinéad made her professional debut singing ‘First Lady’ in NI Opera’s 2014 autumn tour of The Magic Flute. She has also portrayed ‘Papagena’ (Die Zauberflöte),‘Theodora’ (Theodora), ‘Dido’ (Dido and Anaeas), ‘Fiordiligi’ (Cosi fan Tutte), ‘Nerone’ (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and ‘Galatea’ (Acis and Galatea) and has participated in masterclasses with Sarah Connolly, Dame Ann Murray, Susan Bullock and Rebecca Evans. For the 16/17 season Sinéad is a Young Artist with NI Opera.
Peter O’Reilly (Tenor ) - Chorus
Peter O’Reilly is a graduate of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, where he was awarded a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music Degree. Whilst there, he was under the tutelage of Emmanuel Lawler, with whom he is continuing his training. Peter has also received coaching from esteemed Irish repetiteurs Mairead Hurley, Trudi Carberry, and Una Hunt. Peter has been an extremely successful prizewinner over recent years at the ESB Feis Ceoil, most recently winning the Cuisine de France John McCormack Bursary. He has also taken part in masterclasses with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Graham Johnson, Patricia Bardon, Brenda Hurley, and Benjamin Appl. Previous notable engagements include two world premieres; Odran O Casaide’s Marbhna 1916, and Andrew Synott’s Breakdown. Peter has also played leading roles for Lyric Opera Productions at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton Opera House, and the Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Peter has also feature as the tenor soloist for oratorios performed by Dublin County Choir, Culwick Choral Society, Tallaght Choral Society, and the Guinness Choir. Peter will make his professional operatic debut this year, playing the role of Lechmere in Opera Collective Ireland’s production of Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave.
Feargal Curtis (Tenor) - Chorus
Fearghal is a classically trained tenor from Dublin. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London. His credits include Orpheus/Mercury in Orpheus in the Underworld, Quint/Prologue in The Turn of the Screw, Pygmalion in Pygmalion, Prunier in La Rondine and Ruiz in Il trovatore. Most recently Fearghal has been part of Opera Theatre Company's touring production of La Boheme and their production of Don Giovanni, with a new translation by Roddy Doyle, for Dublin Theatre Festival. Recent roles include Acis in Acis and Galatea and Marco in The Gondeliers. He also sang Zadok/Attendant in Handel’s Solomon with the Dun Laoghaire Choral Society. He was a 2014 recipient of the Opera International Awards bursary and 2012/13 OTC Young Associate Artist.
Cormac Lawlor (Bass ) - Chorus
A graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he studied under Veronica Dunne, Cormac is currently studying under Judith Mok. Cormac recently completed a term as a Young Associate Artist with Opera Theatre Company in Dublin before going on to work with companies such as NI Opera, Glyndebourne Opera Festival and Opera Holland Park. Operatic roles include Bonze in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with RTE NCO, Colline in Puccini’s La Boheme with Lyric Opera, 3rd Jew in Strauss Salome with NI Opera, the King of Egypt in Verdi's Aida, Kromow in Lehar's The Merry Widow, An Old Gypsy in Verdi's Il Trovatore and Baron Douphol in Verdi's La Traviata with Lyric Opera Productions. As a student at RIAM, he has also sung the roles of Supt. Budd in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, David in Samuel Barber's A Hand of Bridge, Cadmus in Handel's Semele and Simone in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.