Gráinne Gillis

Gráinne Gillis

Dramatic Contralto

“Gillis – whose voice has rich, dramatic potential – [is] powerful in the title role.” Fiona Maddocks in The Observer on The Medium at Grimeborn .
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«'....Gillis' mighty mezzo...'»
London Evening Standard (2016)
«"A special mention must go to the singer [Gráinne Gillis] who took over the role of Suzuki at very short notice..... She did a remarkable job despite the circumstances – her flower duet with Bork was delicate and harmonious..."»
Manuel Munoz, A Younger Theatre on Madama Butterfly, Secret Opera 2016 (2016)
«“Gillis – whose voice has rich, dramatic potential – [is] powerful in the title role.”»
Fiona Maddocks in The Observer on The Medium at Grimeborn . (2016)
2017Verdi: La TraviataAnnina
2017Verdi: La TraviataUn domestico di Flora
2016Purcell: Dido and AeneasSorceress
2016Puccini: Il tabarroLa Frugola
2016Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaLucia
2016Verdi: MacbethLady Macbeth
2016Puccini: Madama ButterflySuzuki
2016Walton: The BearYelena Ivanovna Popova
2016Wagner R.: Das RheingoldErda
2016Bizet: CarmenCarmen
2016Strauss R.: ElektraKlytemnästra
2015Mozart: Die Zauberflöte3. Dame
2014Menotti: The MediumBaba (Madame Flora)
2014Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosDryade
2013Puccini: Gianni SchicchiZita
2013Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelGertrud
2012Handel: SemeleJuno
2012Wagner: Die WalküreFricka


Gráinne Gillis read Music at University College Cork and graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Since re-training as an opera singer, she has worked as an Emerging Artist for Opera della Luna in The Gondoliers, and performed La Nourrice in Ariane et Barbe-Bleu, Zita in Gianni Schicchi the Mother in Hansel & Gretel; La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos, Baba in The Medium, Annie Jump-Cannon in The Observatory for Improbable, 3rd Witch in Macbeth for EPOC, Mme Popova in The Bear, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly for Secret Opera, Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Dama/3rd Witch in Macbeth for Pavilion Opera, Frugola & Lucia in Il Tabarro and Cavalleria Rusticana respectively, Formations 2016 for The Helios Collective playing Flora Sandes in Dead Equal. Future engagements include Annina in La Traviata for Pavilion Opera in 2017. Gráinne also has extensive experience as an actress and voiceover artist - for more information please visit
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Verdi: La Traviata Annina Immediately Pavilion Opera 2017
Verdi: La Traviata Un domestico di Flora 2017
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas Sorceress Immediately Helios Collective 2016
Puccini: Il tabarro La Frugola Immediately Opera Passione 2016
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana Lucia Immediately Opera Passione 2016


Contralto Prize - FEIS Maitiu
Donal Gleeson Award
Italian government scholarship