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Ailish Tynan

Ailish Tynan was born in Ireland and studied in Dublin and London. She won the Rosenblatt Recital Prize at the 2003 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was formerly a BBC?New Generation Artist.

Her recent opera engagements have included her début at La Scala, Milan in Die Zauberflöte; Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (ROH); Tigrane (Radamisto) for English National Opera; Hero (Béatrice et Bénédict) for Houston Grand Opera and later for Opéra Comique, Paris; Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Nanetta (Falstaff) and Atalanta (Xerxes) for the Royal Swedish Opera; Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) for Opéra Comique and Opéra de Rouen; Vixen (The Cunning Little Vixen) for Grange Park Opera; and a number of roles while on the Young Artists Programme of the ROH, subsequently returning there for Marzelline (Fidelio) under Antonio Pappano. She sang Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for her US opera début with Seattle Opera.

Greatly in demand on the concert platform, Ailish works frequently with British and international orchestras, recent highlights including the opening night of the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jirí Belohlávek; Glière's Concerto for Coloratura Soprano with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits (also at the BBC Proms); Verdi's Requiem with Michael Hofstetter in Germany and France; Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music and King's College Choir, Cambridge; Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev; works by Haydn - The Creation with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, The Seasons in Madrid with Harry Christophers and the Nelson Mass with the RTÉ under Douglas Boyd; Vaughan Williams's Hodie at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; and Mahler's Symphony No. 2 at the Three Choirs Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Jac van Steen.

Highlights in 2011/12 include recitals at Wigmore Hall with András Schiff, Iain Burnside and Christopher Glynn; Gretel for Scottish Opera; and concerts with the RTE National Symphony, Ulster and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras; and Madame Cortese (Il Viaggio a Reims) for ROH.