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Amy Ní Fhearraigh sings "Right on time..." from the children's opera HorseApeBird by David Coonan. A one-act youth opera (in three parts) Can a horse do maths? Can an ape learn sign language? Can a parrot have a concept of the colour blue? David Coonan and Dylan Coburn Gray’s new youth opera, with its chorus of teenagers, asks the question: Are animals animals because they lack something we possess, or vice versa? Ambitious, playful, thoughtful...Horse Ape Bird is for anyone who has ever wondered if their dog loves them back. Irish National Opera, July 2022
Le Nozze di Figaro
Making both her role and her German debut, Amy Ní Fhearraigh looks forward to performing the role of La Contessa
in a brand new production Mozart's of Le Nozze di Figaro at Theater Magdeburg in Spring/Summer of 2024.
Conductor: GMD Anna Skryleva
Director: Julien Chavaz
Costume: Hannah Rose Oellinger, Manfed Rainer
Lighting Design: Eloi Gianini
Dramaturgy: Ulrike Schröder
Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Amy returns to the Royal Opera House in London in their upcoming production of Wagner's Das Rheingold
covering the role of Woglinde.
Director Barrie Kosky joins forces with conductor Antonio Pappano in a bold new imagining of the first chapter of Wagner's Ring cycle.
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Director: Barrie Kosky
Set Designer: Rufus Didwiszus
Costume: Victoria Behr
Lighting Designer: Alessandro Carletti
Radio France Recording & Broadcast
Amy Ní Fhearraigh once more joins French ensemble,
Miroirs Étendus in Paris to record for national broadcast the world premiere of Impí at The Grand Auditorium of the Maison de la Radio in Radio France.
Impí is a musical short in the Irish language composed by Michael Gallan with libretto by Annemarie Ní Chuirreáin.
It is due to be broadcast this October.
Photo Credit: Shawn Fitzgerald
Liedtreffen Comes to Germany
Following its great success in Ireland, Amy Ní Fhearraigh and pianist Niall Kinsella come to Germany for two performances of this rare and beautiful recital.
A meeting of Irish and German art-song, Amy and Niall perform a programme of beloved and unknown repertoire connecting the rich histories of two deeply musical countries. Programmed with the help of musicologist Dr. Axel Klein, Liedtreffen will be visiting both Frankfurt and Berlin. Please see the Schedule section of this website for further info.
A massive thank you to the Consulate General of Ireland, Frankfurt am Rain & Embassy of Ireland, Berlin for their generous support.
Photographer: Matt Brooker
Critics Rave Over Royal Opera House Debut
In a breathtakingly disciplined Royal Opera debut soprano Amy Ní Fhearraigh… initially covered the role in Least Like the Other, and now owns it. How impressive, within weeks of 2023, to see so totally finessed a performance from a young rising star.
The Arts Desk - David Nice
Amy Ní Fhearraigh delivers a tour de force, sometimes locked onto a single note, other times hurling through the registers.
Culture Whisper - Claudia Pritchard
Amy Ní Fhearraigh who plays both Rose and Rosemary is on stage throughout the 70-minute production. Her brilliant vocals and intensely convincing stage presence put flesh on the narrative bones of this tragedy. London Unattached - Fiona Maclean
As Rosemary Kennedy, Amy Ní Fhearraigh delivers a performance that is pitch perfect. She meets the vocal acrobatic challenges head on - often required to deliver lines at the extremes of her range, and sometimes through a loudhailer - she brings the character’s harrowing experiences to life. Music OMH - Keith McDonnell
is depicted by a singer (the hugely impressive Amy Ní Fhearraigh, playing Rosemary) The Times - Richard Morrison
Vocally, the brunt of the performance is carried high on the shoulders of soprano Amy Ní Fhearraigh, who does far more than merely represent Rosemary: her performance is a tour de force.
The Stage - George Hall
Soprano Amy Ní Fhearraigh is mostly employed as Rosemary, excellent in using both voice and body to paint the portrait of a girl who is adorable, loving of dance and swimming, not at all smart academically… Ní Fhearraigh is just as virtuosic in singing Rosemary’s descent into mental illness
Bachtrack - David Larkin
William Tell Available Now on OperaVision
From January 13th the incredible production of William Tell by Irish National Opera will be available to watch FREE for six months.
Amy Ní Fhearraigh received high praise by audience and critics alike in the role of Jemmy where Andrew Larkin of Bachtrack stated that, "Amy Ní Fhearraigh as Jemmy, Tell's son, was quite the show-stealer both in her acting and her vocal agility."
Role Debut in 2021/22 Season
As part of their 2022/23 season, Amy will be making her London and ROH debut with Irish National Opera in their critically acclaimed production of 'Least Like the Other: The Search for Rosemary Kennedy' in January 2023.
With the continued calm of Covid-19 this production sees the welcome return of live orchestra over four performances in The Linbury Theatre.
Follow the link below for more information on tickets, dates and times.
Role Debut as Jemmy in Rossini's masterpiece
This November Amy makes both her role and trouser-role debut as Jemmy, the son of William Tell in Rossini's mammoth opera 'Guillaume Tell'. With a star studded cast including Met Opera's Brett Polegato, conducted by Fergus Sheil and directed by
Julien Chavaz, it promises to be an unmissable production of enormous proportion.
Follow the link below for ticket details and further info.
Role Debut as Queen Elisabeth Reviews
With great success Amy has made her role debut in Irish National Opera's new production of 'Maria Stuarda' starring opposite Irish superstar mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught.
Alan Neilson of Opera Wire wrote of her performance,
"Ní Fhearraigh’s Elisabetta was a splendidly drawn character. She was aggressive, regal, jealous, and easily provoked, but there was always an underlying sense of irony, magnified by her costumes, which emphasized the fact that Elisabetta was always aware she was playing a role. In her first meeting with Maria, her horse riding attire with its black leather latex trousers, red leather gloves, and whip were very much suggestive of a dominatrix, which Ní Fhearaigh successfully played up to the full, yet without ever crossing over into farce. Her gestures and bold facial expressions were wonderfully managed, and the power relationships she established with the other characters were convincing. Likewise, she produced an equally impressive singing performance. Recitatives were confidently and clearly articulated, with well-placed emotional accents and flashes of color, which successfully fleshed out her character. She attacked her arias and the ensemble scenes with real energy, making full use of her versatile and powerful voice which soared effortlessly above the orchestra and chorus, in what were convincing and expressively fine performances."
Concert Tour with Ulster Touring Opera
Amy joins the newly established Ulster Touring Opera in their first opera gala tour, 'A Night at the Opera', visiting seven venues across Northern Ireland from the 5th - 20th of February.
Hosted by BBC Radio Ulster presenter Marie-Louise Muir, Amy will perform alongside three of the island's brightest stars singing some of opera's beloved arias and ensembles from Mozart to Puccini to Strauss.
During this concert Amy will also be premiering a brand new 5 minute opera short composed by award-winning Belfast composer, Brian Irvine ahead of it's official public release later this Spring.
Elsewhere' Opera to be Performed in The Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Amy will be performing the role of Davnet in Michael Gallan's contemporary opera, 'Elsewhere' with French ensemble Miroirs Étendus in The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, this November.
Shortlisted for the FEDORA Opera Prize 2021, Elsewhere is based on the story of the world’s first Soviet commune outside the USSR, which existed for eleven days in the lunatic asylum of Monaghan, The 'Elsewhere' Opera is set to be Performed in The Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
Set in a small town in Ireland in 1919. In a bid to win more humane working conditions, the staff of Monaghan Asylum barricaded the gates and declared their independence, revolutionising asylum care in the process. In a colourful and groundbreaking new opera, historical events unfold through the visions of a patient named Celine, who despite the passage of time remains “locked in” to the moment of the Soviet.
A Return to the Stage
Least Like the Other, Searching for Rosemary.
For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic Amy will be returning to the stage for a series of performances with Irish National Opera in their critically acclaimed 'Least Like the Other - Searcing for Rosemary.' This Five Star reviewed work was created by Brian Irvine and Netia Jones, and the upcoming performances will be the world premiere of the new version in 16-Track surround sound and pre-recorded orchestra.
Out of 500+ applicants Amy has been selected to represent Ireland in this year's Queen Sonja International Music Competition, Norway. She will perform alongside 39 other successful competitors hailing from all corners of the globe in the internationally acclaimed competition for a panel of industry professionals.
This marks the third prevalent international competition this year that Amy has been successfully invited to partake in.
Selected to participate in
The Queen Sonja International
Role Debut in 2021/22 Season
With the announcement of the upcoming 2021/22 Season Amy is overjoyed to be making her role debut as Elisabetta in Irish National Opera's brand new production of Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti. Amy will sing the role for two of the performances opposite Irish Mezzo superstar, Tara Erraught, in what promises to be an epic telling of the historic tale.
Semifinalist in the International Hans
After being accepted as a participant in the 39th Belvedere Singing Competition 2021 taking place in the beautiful city of Erfurt, Germany, Amy successfully progressed to the semifinals of the contest.
Out of 1000+ applicants from the past two years, she is in the top 48 singers selected by the competition.
Irish soprano Amy Ní Fhearraigh garnered unanimous rave reviews for her recent performance in Irish National Opera’s Olivier nominated production Least Like the Other at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, with The Stage remarking that
“her performance is a tour de force”
and Arts Desk commenting,
“how impressive […] to see so totally finessed a performance from a young rising star”.
She looks forward to returning to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in their upcoming production of Das Rheingold covering the role of Woglinde under Antonio Pappano, directed by Barrie Kosky.
She makes her German and role debut next summer in Opernhaus Magdeburg performing La Contessa in their new production Le Nozze di Figaro. She closed her 2022/23 season with a Radio France national broadcast of newly composed Irish language pieces by Michael Gallan with the French ensemble, Miroirs Étendus due to be aired in October.
Later in the year she will be participating in the CD recording of rare Irish repertoire with Irish Mezzo-Soprano, Carolyn Dobbin and renowned répetiteur, Iain Burnside.
Amy is an alumna of the Irish National Opera Studio 2018-19 and is currently based in Hannover, Germany. She is under the tutelage of Dutch soprano Hanneke de Wit. She recently made her role debut as Elisabetta I in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda with Irish National Opera. She performed the role of Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel in an Irish National Opera production which was awarded Best Opera in the 2020-2021 Irish Times Theatre Awards.
She was recently invited to perform as part of the EU50 Celebration in Ireland with their National Symphony Orchestra as the only Irish soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.