Brendan Collins

Brendan Collins

Baritone

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«Thomas Hampson or Bryn Terfel would have struggled to have done better – it was that good ...»
THE IRISH EXAMINER (2018)
«Brendan Collins brought stirring and aristocratic tones to the part of Escamillo»
Irish Times (2018)
«Brendan Collins's fine baritone Sir Richard was a stand-out»
The york press (2018)
2017Puccini: Gianni SchicchiGianni Schicchi
2017Puccini: La BohèmeMarcello
2017Verdi: La TraviataBarone Douphol
2017Bizet: CarmenDancaïre
2017Bizet: CarmenMoralès
2016Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaFiorello
2016Mozart: Don GiovanniMasetto
2015Verdi: RigolettoMarullo
2013Verdi: Simon BoccanegraPaolo Albiani
2013Verdi: La TraviataGiorgio Germont
2012Leoncavallo: PagliacciTonio
2012Purcell: Dido and AeneasAeneas
2011Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
2010Puccini: Madama ButterflyPrince Yamadori
2009Wolf-Ferrari: Il segreto di SusannaCount Gil
2009Handel: SerseElviro
2007Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroConte d'Almaviva

Bio





Irish Baritone Brendan Collins began his training at the Cork School of Music under Robert Beare, the D.I.T. Conservatory in Dublin and in 2007 he was granted a scholarship to study at the Opera Studio of Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels under renowned bass-baritone José van Dam. In 2005 he was one of only 12 Irish singers to take part in the 1st Wexford Festival Young Artists programme under tenor Dennis O’Neill.  




As a soloist he has performed across Ireland, the UK, Europe, the Middle East and America. Opera engagements include Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera,Opera Theatre Company, NI Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Anna Livia Festival, Lyric Opera, Cork Operatic Society and Glasthule Opera.

 His roles include the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Marcello (La Boheme), Escamillo (Carmen), Germont (La Traviata), Tonio (Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana), Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Pietro de Wisants (L'Assedio di Calais), Jupiter (Orpheus in the Underworld), Marullo (Rigoletto), Elviro (Xerses), Aeneas (Dido & Aeneas), Fiorello (The Barber of Seville), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) and Count Gil (Il segreto di Susanna) amongst others.




A regular performer on the concert platform his repertoire includes Handel Messiah (Pro Cathedral, Dublin), Handel Birthday Ode for Queen Anne (St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin), Mozart Requiem (National Concert Hall, Dublin), Mozart Vespers (Kajetanekirche, Salzburg), Mozart Coronation Mass (St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna), Mozart Mass in C Minor (Ulster Hall, Belfast), Mozart Spatzenmesse (Westminster Cathedral, London), Haydn Creation Mass (Clonard Monastery, Belfast), Haydn Nelson Mass (St Finbarr’s Cathedral, Cork), Fauré Requiem (St. Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent) Schubert Mass in G (St Nicholas, Galway), Puccini Messa di Gloria  (Cork City Hall), Orff Carmina Burana (National Concert Hall, Dublin), Mendelssohn Elijah (Wexford Opera House) and Beethoven 9th Symphony (Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels).




Recent highlights include his debuts at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and in the B.B.C. Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in Billy Budd under Sir Andrew Davis, his New York debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music under Sir Mark Elder, his Swiss debut at Opéra de Lausanne under Monica Huggett and his debut at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg in Donnacha Dennehy's The

Last Hotel.




Engagements this season include Il Tempo/Antinous(The Return of Ulysses – Opera Collective Ireland), Ormonte (Partenope – Iford Arts Festival), Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana – Cork Opera House) and Crespel (Les Contes d'Hoffmann – Irish National Opera)









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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana Alfio Immediately Cork Opera House 2018
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (German Requiem) Baritone Fleischmann Choir 2018
Handel: Partenope Ormonte Iford Arts 2018
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann Crespel Irish National Opera 2018
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi Gianni Schicchi 24 hours 2017