Owen Gilhooly is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and National Opera Studio. He made his Royal Opera House debut singing Fauré Requiem for the Royal Ballet and in 2007 represented Ireland at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
Having had a significant career as a high baritone, his voice has now developed into the tenor range with focus on lirico-spinto repertoire including Macduff Macbeth, Don José Carmen, Lensky Eugene Onegin and Cavaradossi Tosca. He continues his vocal studies in London with Janice Chapman. He is also pursuing Doctoral studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he is a teaching fellow.
Recent performances include El Remendado Carmen for Lyric Opera Productions, Borsa Rigoletto for Opera Theatre Company, Mozart Requiem with the Irish Baroque Orchestra,Jenkins The Armed Man with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Dvořák The Spectres Bride with Oxford Harmonic Choir. In the current season Owen will perform Gastone de Letorières La traviata for Lyric Opera Productions at the National Concert Hall, Dublin and Britten St Nicholas with Tallaght Choral Society.
Recent baritone roles include Robert in the world premiere of Luke Bedford’s Through his Teeth (Royal Opera House Covent Garden); Emilio Il cappello di pagila di Firenze (Wexford Festival Opera); Escamillo Carmen (Opera Theatre Company) and Valentin Faust (Everyman Theatre, Cork).