RTE NSO Opera Gala, Recital Debuts, New Role All Part of Mezzo-Soprano Tara Erraught’s 2015 Summer and Fall; Upcoming Performances Include Opera Gala with RTE National Symphony Orchestra Recital Debuts at Wexford Festival, Celebrity Series of Boston, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, New Production of Rouders’ Selma Jezkova and More

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  Wednesday, May 27, 2015

RTE NSO Opera Gala, Recital Debuts, New Role

All Part of Mezzo-Soprano Tara Erraught’s

2015 Summer and Fall


Upcoming Performances Include

Opera Gala with RTE National Symphony Orchestra

Recital Debuts at Wexford Festival, Celebrity Series of Boston, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall,

New Production of Rouders’ Selma Jezkova and More

Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, fresh from her successful US Opera debut as Angelina in Washington National Opera’s season closing production of Rossini’s Cinderella, returns home to Ireland to perform in a special gala evening with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra at Dublin’s National Concert Hall on June 5, 2015. Ms. Erraught will sing works by some of her favorite composers, as well as arias that she has never sung in public before. More on this special evening  and Tara’s career can be heard in advance on RTE’s Nationwide’s television interview with her by host Mary Kennedy at   http://www.rte.ie/news/player/nationwide/2015/0525/   and in interviews with presenter Liz Nolan of Lyric FM at  http://bit.ly/1HEzXGA  (a longer version of this interview will also run on A World Of Song, Sunday, May 31 at 7pm on @rtelyricfm), and with presenter Gerry Kelly of Late Lunch on LMFM Radio at 2 pm on Tuesday, June 2 at  http://www.lmfm.ie/On-Air/Late-Lunch.


Summer opera productions with Bayerische Staatsoper include Mozart’s Die Zauberflote; Janacek’s The Makropolous Affair; Strauss’s Die Schweigsame Frau, Op. 80, and Tara’s debut in the role of Kathy in a new production of Poul Rouders’ Selma Jezkova, a one act opera based on Lars von Trier’s film “Dancer in the Dark“. Additionally, scheduled for a June release this summer is the Opus Arte/Glyndebourne DVD and BLU-Ray formats of Der Rosankavalier, starring Ms. Erraught as Octavian.
An active recitalist, among Ms. Erraught’s fall 2015 engagements are her debut recital in October at the Wexford Festival -the beginning of a multi-engagement relationship; recitals in Ireland and a return to London’s Wigmore Hall in November, and series debut recitals at Celebrity Series of Boston  and Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall in the United States in December. Fall opera productions with the Bayerische Staatsoper include Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cosi fan Tutte and Hansel und Gretel


Praised for her rich voice, expansive range and appealing stage presence, Irish-born mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught has been called “a true rising star” by the press. Ms. Erraught’s international stature has continued to grow since she stepped in on five-days’ notice learning the role of Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2011, her performance winning worldwide acclaim. In the seasons since, she has sung a world premiere, made numerous role debuts, and successfully toured North America twice.

Recent performance highlights include: her American opera debut with the Washington National Opera in Cinderella; creating the role of Kitty in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s A Harlot’s Progress at the Theater an der Wien; role debuts as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the BBC Proms; Carlotta in Die Schweigsame Frau, Op. 80, Christa in The Makropulos Affair, Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Hansel in Hansel und Gretel with the Bayerische Staatsoper. With the Wiener Staatsoper she sang Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as well as the premiere performances of a new production of La Cenerentola, earning accolades from the Frankfurter Allgemeine as the “New Queen of Belcanto”.


A native of Dundalk, Ireland, Tara Erraught has been a member of the opera studio at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich since 2008. In spring 2013, the Bavarian government bestowed upon Ms. Erraught the prestigious Pro meritis scientiae et litterarum in recognition for outstanding contribution to the arts. She is only the fifth musician, and the youngest recipient, to be honored with the annual award since its inception in 2000. In March of 2010 Ms. Erraught was the recipient of Dublin’s National Concert Hall’s Rising Star Award. Other honors include First Prize in the Jakub Pustina International Singing Competition in the Czech Republic, along with the Zdar nad Sazavou Audience Prize in 2008. In that same year she was awarded both the Houston Grand Opera Prize and the Washington National Opera Prize at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. In 2007 Ms. Erraught won Dermott Troy Award for the Best Irish Singer. A graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, where she studied and continues to study with the acclaimed Royal Opera soprano Veronica Dunne, Ms. Erraught also has the privilege to expand her lieder and opera repertoire with famed German mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender in Munich.


2015 Summer and Fall Engagements


RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra OPERA GALA

National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

Giacomo Sagripanti, conductor

Works by Mozart, Nicolai, Berlioz, Balfe, Strauss, Bellini and Rossini
JUNE 15, 17, 20

Bayerische Staatsoper, MOZART Die Zauberflote (Zweite Dame)

National Theater, Munich, Germany

Dan Ettinger, conductor


JUNE 26, 27, 28

Munich Opernfestspiele (Bayerische Staatsoper)

POUL ROUDERS Selma Jezkova (New Production) (Kathy)

Alte Kongresshalle, Munich, Germany

Director: Andreas Weirich



Bayerische Staatsoper, JANACEK The Makropulos Affair (Krista)

National Theater, Munich, Germany

Tomas Hanus, conductor


JULY 5, 9

Bayerische Staatsoper, STRAUSS Die Schweigsame Frau, Op. 80 (Carlotta)    

Nationaltheater, Munich, Germany

Pedro Halffter, conductor



Festspiele Concert of Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra Academy

Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany


OCTOBER 10, 13, 16

Bayerische Staatsoper, ROSSINI Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)

Nationaltheater, Munich, Germany

Francesco Angelico, conductor



Wexford Festival, Recital, (festival debut)

O’Reilly Theatre, Wexford, Ireland



Recital, Dublin, Ireland TBA



Recital, Galway, Ireland, TBA



Wigmore Hall, Recital, London, UK

Annual Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition Showcase


NOVEMBER 20, 22, 24

Bayerische Staatsoper, MOZART Cosi fan Tutte (Despina)

Nationaltheater, Munich, Germany

Constantin Trinks, conductor



Recital, Celebrity Series of Boston (series debut)

Longy’s Pickman Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA



Recital, Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall (Salon Encores series debut)

New York City, New York, USA



Bayerische Staatsoper, HUMPERDINCK Hansel und Gretel (Hansel)
Nationaltheater, Munich, Germany

Thomas Hanus, conductor


“a tremendously appealing and charismatic singer, with a warm voice and a bright future.”  

                            – The Washington Post, 17 May 2015

“a beautifully formed mezzo-soprano voice”

                    – The New York Times, 17 February 2014


“…vocally and dramatically her performance was flawless …”

       – Seen and Heard International.comOctober 2013


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