Sinéad Mulhern

Sinéad Mulhern

Light Dramatic Soprano

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«The Irish soprano was equally effective at handling the role's sometimes extreme technical demands and conveying the character's most painful, plaintive moments.»
opera News (2017)
«the balance between articulation of the words and vocal weight is rarely achieved, but mulhern came closer than most»
artsjournal (2017)
«Sinead mulhern, who in this production transformed herself back from Fidelio to leonore, really sings these two roles; with the great warmth of an unconditional lover»
Frankfurter neue presse (2017)
2017Janáček: Kát'a KabanováKatya
2017Janáček: The Makropulos AffairEmilia Marty
2017Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierDie Feldmarschallin
2017Britten: The Rape of LucretiaFemale Chorus
2017Wagner R.: Die Meistersinger von NürnbergEva
2017Verdi: OtelloDesdemona
2017Weber: Der FreischützAgathe
2017Strauss R.: CapriccioDie Gräfin Madeleine
2017Strauss R.: ArabellaArabella
2017Poulenc: Dialogues des CarmélitesMadame Lidoine
2016Beethoven: FidelioLeonore
2016Janáček: JenůfaJenufa
2016Mozart: Die Zauberflöte1. Dame
2015Francesconi: QuartettMarquise De Merteuil
2014Puccini: La BohèmeMimì
2014Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroContessa d'Almaviva
2014Puts: Silent NightAnna Sørensen
2013Britten: The Turn of the ScrewGoverness
2010Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginTatyana
2009Tchaikovsky: MazepaIvan Mazepa
2006Strauss J.: Die FledermausRosalinde
2000Mozart: Mitridate, re di PontoSifare
1998Tchaikovsky: IolantaIolanta


Following her debut at the Vienna Staatsoper as the title role of Jenůfa, the Financial Times praised Irish soprano Sinéad Mulhern as having “precisely the combination of innocence and depth that the title role demands, and a voice capable of representing Jenůfa’s huge emotional journey without ever losing its purity of tone.” She repeated Jenůfa last season with Den Jyske Opera and recently returned to her native Ireland as Anna Sørensen in the European premiere of Puts’ Silent Night with the Wexford Festival. She made further company debuts at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden as Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte and the Salzburger Landestheater as Leonore in Fidelio, and Den Jyske Opera as Jenůfa. She recently sang Marquise de Merteuil in Francesconi’s Quartett in her debut at Teatro alla Scala and reprised it with Opéra de Lille, after recently singing the role at the Teatro alla Scala.

The soprano made her debut with the Vienna Staatsoper as the title role in Jenůfa and has since returned for Mimì in La bohème and Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro. She sang Leonore in Fidelio with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Singapore Symphony Orchestra as well as Iseut in Le vin herbé at the Ruhr Triennale festival with Opéra de Lyon, where she previously sang Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, also joining the company on tour to Athens for the same production. She sang sung the Britten heroines of the Governess in the The Turn of the Screw with New Israeli Opera and Central City Opera and Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes with Des Moines Metro Opera. The soprano has enjoyed strong relationship with the Komische Oper Berlin where following her debut as Asteria in David Alden’s production of Tamerlano, she has sung numerous roles with the company including the title role in Jenůfa, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Jenny in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Micaela in Carmen, Mimì in La bohème, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Violetta in La traviata, and Infantin in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg.

She recently sang her first performances of Maria in Mazeppa with Opera Ireland and joined Opera Hong Kong for Antonia, Giulietta, and Stella in Les contes d’Hoffmann. She made her debut at the Theâtre du Châtelet in Paris as Sifare in Mozart’s Mitridate re di Ponto and was subsequently engaged to sing the same role at the Sydney Festival. Other performances include the title role in Manon and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at the Nationale Reisoper in the Netherlands, further performances of Mimì in La bohème with Oper Frankfurt and with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Lucio Cinna in Mozart’s Lucio Silla in a co-production between Opéra de Lausanne and Opéra de Caen, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi in Robert Carsen’s production at Vlaamse Opera. She has also sung First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Marc Minkowski at the Montpellier and Perpignan Music Festivals, a role that she also sang at Oper Leipzig. With the Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Central City Opera, she sang the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. She made her American debut as Mimì in La bohème with Central City Opera.

Ms. Mulhern’s performances on the concert stage include Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s War Requiem with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony with the Reno Philharmonic, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 with the Het Gelders Orkest. She has also sung Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with La Chambre Philharmonique, Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Requiem with Michel Corboz at the Toulon Festival, further performances of the Mass in C minor with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 with both the Orchestre d’Auvergne and Northern Sinfonia in Manchester. With Kirill Petrenko and the Komische Symphony Orchestra in Berlin, she sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and in Scotland, she has performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. She joined the Estonian National Symphony and Olari Elts for Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 and the Tours Symphony Orchestra for Haydn’s Creation.

Sinéad Mulhern is a former member of the prestigious Centre de Formation Lyrique at the Opéra National de Paris. She holds a Master of Music of The Curtis Institute and earned her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Janáček: Kát'a Kabanová Katya No 2017
Janáček: The Makropulos Affair Emilia Marty No 2017
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier Die Feldmarschallin No 2017
Britten: The Rape of Lucretia Female Chorus No 2017
Wagner R.: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Eva No 2017


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