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Ailish Tynan


Irish soprano Ailish Tynan won the 2003 Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Ailish was a member of the prestigious Vilar Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and a BBC New Generation Artist, where she recorded and performed prolifically with the BBC orchestras and in recital.

In the current season she performs Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Orff Carmina Burana with the Philharmonia Orchestra; Clori Clori, Tirsi e Fileno with The English Concert at Wigmore Hall; Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Irish National Symphony Orchestra; Viennese Gala concerts with The Hallé; and recitals at the Two Moors Festival, Champs Hill, West Wicklow Festival and Leeds International Concert Series. She ends the season at Grange Park Opera as Nella Gianni Schicchi and Zemfira Aleko.

Ailish has established herself with operatic roles including Gretel Hänsel und Gretel (The Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera); Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte, Berta Il barbiere di Siviglia, Madame Cortese Il viaggio a Reims, Madame Podtotshina’s Daughter The Nose (The Royal Opera); Mimì La bohème, Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen (Grange Park Opera); Tigrane Radamisto (English National Opera); Papagena Die Zauberflöte (Teatro alla Scala, The Royal Opera); Despina Così fan tutte (Garsington Opera, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse); Héro Béatrice et Bénédict (Houston Grand Opera, Opéra Comique, Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg); Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Nannetta Falstaff, Atalanta Xerxes (Royal Swedish Opera); and Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring (Opéra Comique, Opéra de Rouen).

Among her notable concert appearances are Mahler Symphony No.8 (LSO under Valery Gergiev, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under Marc Albrecht, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, Philharmonia under Lorin Maazel, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Sir Antonio Pappano); Mahler Symphony No.4 (Prague Symphony Orchestra under Jac van Steen, the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder); Mahler Symphony No. 2 (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Myung-whun Chung); Verdi Requiem (Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele under Michael Hofstetter); Haydn The Creation (CBSO under Andris Nelsons); Handel Messiah (AAM under Richard Egarr); and Handel Semele (The English Concert under Harry Bicket). She has appeared at both first and last night of the BBC Proms with highlights including Bella A Midsummer Marriage (BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis) and Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits).

Ailish is a passionate recitalist and works regularly with pianists including Iain Burnside, James Baillieu and Graham Johnson and Simon Lepper, giving recitals at venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh, City of London, Gregynog, St. Magnus, Brighton and West Cork Music Festivals, the Vinterfespill, and for the Prince of Monaco at the Irish Embassy in Paris. She performed the world premiere of Nuit d’Afrique written for her by Judith Weir, at Wigmore Hall.

Her numerous recordings include Fauré Mélodies, Nacht und Träume and An Irish Songbook with pianist Iain Burnside; Messiah (Academy of Ancient Music); and Mahler Symphony No.8 (LSO under Valery Gergiev, Philharmonia Orchestra under Lorin Maazel). Ailish has presented several episodes of Saturday Classics for the BBC and has appeared on BBC Proms Extra as a TV pundit. Additionally, she has been a Jury member for the Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and Wigmore Hall Song Competition.

Steven Swales Artist Management represents Ailish Tynan worldwide


Clori / Clori, Tirsi e Fileno / The English Concert at Wigmore Hall / 2023
“Ailish Tynan made a wonderful Clori, notably gorgeous in her opening aria, Va Col Canto Lusingando, and self-assured yet manipulative in her treatment of Joélle Harvey’s Tirsi and Iestyn Davies’ Fileno.”
(The Guardian)

“Ailish Tynan relished Clori’s capriciousness, teasing her suitors shamelessly but using a wide range of vocal hues and the deep richness of her soprano to reveal the shepherdess’s alternating poses of nonchalance, sympathy and resentment… [she] made a masterclass of dramatic singing – flexible, florid, fiery.”
(Opera Today)

“Clori (beguilingly and beautifully sung by the Irish soprano Ailish Tynan)… [her] portrayal of the coquettish, inconstant Clori could not be bettered.”
(Seen & Heard International)

Berta / Il barbiere di Siviglia / Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / 2023
“It’s Ailish Tynan as Berta, his browbeaten maid, who shows how it should be done…”
(The Guardian)

“Ailish Tynan’s thrillingly sung Berta”

Despina / Così fan tutte / Garsington Opera / 2022
“…the unquestioned star of the Garsington production, Ailish Tynan,as Despina, the maid,  mischief-maker and fixer. Tynan has not only the most tremendous voice, but also a conspicuous talent as a comic actress.”
(The Telegraph)

“…the vivacious Despina of Ailish Tynan, in a role which some find annoying but which in the right hands can be merely delightful; Tynan’s comic expertise and stage presence gave much pleasure and she was hilarious as the ‘notary.’”

“…Ailish Tynan’s bravura Despina – the uppity maid with a golden voice…”
(The Stage)



Grange Park Opera

6, 15, 20, 23, 26, 29 Jun | 7 Jul 2024

Rachmaninov: Aleko
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
Conductor: Gianluca Marcianò
Stephen Medcalf