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 Gastone de Letorières La traviata and 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 and Beethoven Missa solemnis with Oxford Harmonic Choir.
Prior to moving into tenor repertoire baritone roles included 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).
He has appeared in principal roles with Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, English Touring Opera, Lyric Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, The Opera Group and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has made frequent appearances at Wexford Festival Opera, Lismore Music Festival, Buxton Festival Opera, Les Azuriales Opera and Musikverkstatt Wien.
In concert, Owen has performed with both national and international orchestras, including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestras and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with whom works have included - Berlioz L'enfance du Christ and The Bridegroom The Vanishing Bridegroom and Bill Bobstay HMS Pinafore and Konecký Osud at the BBC Proms.
In the current season Owen will perform the Sun in the world premiere of John O’Brien’s The Nightingale and the Rose, on tour in Ireland, and Borsa Rigoletto at Cork Opera House.
Ferryman / Curlew River / Nova Music / 2013
“Owen Gilhooly’s Ferryman… – bracingly robust and almost denying the role its mythic status, thus making it all the stronger. From his heartless mimicking of the Madwoman’s keening to his astutely observed growing sympathy for her, Gilhooly’s performance had a vivid presence, with singing of unflagging perception and energy."
Count Almaviva / Le nozze di Figaro / Lismore Music Festival / 2013
“Owen Gilhooly’s Count Almaviva, really concentrated, scary and sympathetic at the same time,as goings-on at his country retreat, Alma Agnus Frescas, spin out of control; his aria “Vedro’ mentr’io sospiro’ suddenly became a stark and telling pendant to the Coutess’s complaints”
Escamillo / Carmen / Opera Theatre Company / 2013
“A pumped-up Owen Gilhooly, clearly enjoying himself immensely, delivers the famous 'Toreador Song' with infectious swagger – you can almost see his bullish self-confidence rubbing off instantly on the other performers.”
(Irish Theatre Magazine)