Ailish Tynan - soprano
Ailish Tynan was born in Mullingar, Ireland, and studied at Trinity College, the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. In 2003 Ailish won the Rosenblatt Recital Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Other awards include The Maggie Teyte Competition, Miriam Licette Award and the RTÉ Millennium Singer of the Future. Ailish was a member of the Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she performed Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, First Niece in Peter Grimes, Xenia in Boris Godunov, Second Wood Nymph in Rusalka and Woodbird in Siegfried. She returned last season to sing Marzelline in Fidelio under Antonio Pappano.
Roles elsewhere include Valencienne The Merry Widow and Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro for Welsh National Opera, Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte for Opera Ireland, Flora in The Knot Garden with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Ännchen in Der Freischütz at the Edinburgh International Festival conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.
In the 2006/7 season Ailish made her US debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni for the Seattle Opera and in 2007/08 she made her role and company début singing Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier for the Royal Swedish Opera to critical acclaim. Recently she has just made her house and role début as Héro in Béatrice et Bénédict for Houston Grand Opera to great acclaim.
Highlights on the concert platform include performances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Roger Norrington at the 2006 BBC Proms, Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniele Gatti, Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Mahler 4 with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins, Canteloube's ‘Songs of the Auvergne' with the Ulster Orchestra, Ravel's Scheherazade with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra and Mahler 8 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev.
As a recitalist, Ailish has collaborated with distinguished accompanists including Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, Julius Drake, Iain Burnside and Barry Douglas, giving recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival, City of London Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival, West Cork Music Festival, Wigmore Hall and St John's Smith Square, London. In the 2006/7 season Ailish joined the Nash Ensemble on a concert tour of Sweden and gave recitals in Tokyo, Barcelona, Valloires Festival, France and Bryn Terfel's Faenol Festival.
As a former BBC New Generation Artist, Ailish is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 3. Recent recordings include Schubert's ‘Shepherd on the Rock' on the Wigmore Hall Live label, Irish Songs by Herbert Hughes and Songs of Judith Weir both on the Signum Classics label.
Plans for 2008/09 season include Vixen ‘The Cunning Little Vixen' for Grange Park Opera, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring's Opéra Comique and Opéra de Rouen, concerts with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, at Westminster Abbey for BBC Radio 3 and several recitals including two appearances at the Wigmore Hall. In 2010/11 season she will return to Covent Garden for a major role under Sir Charles Mackerras.