Irish baritone 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. Owen is also a Professor of Singing at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
His operatic performances include Robert in the world premiere of Luke Bedford’s Through His Teeth (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo Così fan tutte, Escamillo Carmen, Figaro The Barber of Seville, Dandini La Cenerentola, Marcello La bohème, Father Hansel and Gretel, and Don Fernando Fidelio (all for Opera Theatre Company); Emilio Il Cappello Di Paglia di Firenze, King Louis XVI The Ghosts of Versailles, Lord Salt The Golden Ticket, Elder Ott Susannah, Tooley The Mines of Sulphur, and Bob The Old Maid and the Thief (all for Wexford Festival Opera); Ivan in Rimsky Korsakov's Kaschey the Immortal and Bailiff in Sibelius' The Maiden in the Tower (Buxton International Festival); the title role Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena for Musikwerkstatt Wien; Malatesta Don Pasquale (English Touring Opera); Albert Werther (Les Azuriales); Eckbert Blond Eckbert and The General Seven Angels (The Opera Group); Capellio I Capuletti e I Montecchi (Grange Park Opera); Dr Falke Die Fledermaus, Schaunard La bohème (Scottish Opera); Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro and Figaro The Barber of Seville (Lismore Music Festival); Valentin Faust (Everyman Theatre, Cork); and Mandarin Turandot and Valentin Faust (Opera Ireland).
In concert, Owen has performed extensively with both national and international orchestras. With the BBC Symphony Orchestra performances include Berlioz L’enfance du Christ, The Bridegroom in Judith Weir's The Vanishing Bridegroom and at the BBC Proms Bill Bobstay HMS Pinafore and Konečký Osud. Other appearances include Fauré Requiem (Ulster Orchestra and The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden); Mozart Requiem (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra); Carmina Burana (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic); Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony (Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra) Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (London Philharmonic Orchestra; Mendelssohn St Paul (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra); Haydn Harmoniemesse (Irish Chamber Orchestra); Handel Messiah (Irish Baroque Orchestra); and Verdi Requiem (Cork International Choral Festival).
Notable recordings include The Vanishing Bridegroom with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (NMC Recordings); The Aspern Papers with the Ulster Orchestra (Lyriata): James Joyce’s Musical Dublin with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (RTÉ lyric fm); and Sunlight and Shadow with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (RTÉ lyric fm).
Valentin / Faust / Everyman Theatre, Cork / 2015
“A wealth of duets, trios and quartets endorses the magic of the classic tradition, a genre well suited to Owen Gilhooly’s fine Valentin”
(The Irish Times)
R (Robert) / Through his Teeth / Royal Opera House / 2014
“‘R’, played with wonderfully irresistible confidence by Owen Gilhooly”
“Owen Gilhooly plays the devious R with chilling precision – one moment kind and loving, and the next a scheming monster. His opening scene (scene two of the work) is fairly high in the voice, and Gilhooly displays a full range of dynamics, even in this part of the voice. He very effectively plays the part of a man who is playing a part – something which is never easy.”
Emilio / Il cappello di pagila di Firenze / Wexford Festival Opera / 2013
“Owen Gilhooly made a strong impression as Emilio, managing to be both menacing and sympathetic at the same time”
“Owen Gilhooly effectively captured the exaggerated macho attitude of the “big nose” Emilio”