TARA ERRAUGHT
mezzo-soprano
Biography, English
 

“a beautifully formed mezzo-soprano voice” - The New York Times

“Tara Erraught creates moments of wonder” – Münchner Merkur

“high wattage charisma” – The Independent (Ireland)

 

A rich, radiant voice, expansive range and dynamic stage presence are the hallmarks of mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught. With a wide repertoire that includes Bellini, Dvorak, Gounod, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Strauss and Verdi, as well as contemporary composers, the Irish-born singer enjoys an ever-growing international career on the opera, orchestra and recital stages. In the last three seasons, she has sung three world premieres, made her US opera debut, and appeared in recitals and concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

2017-18 Season
Miss Erraught’s 2017 summer engagements include reprising the role of Angelina in the Bayerische Staatoper’s production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola; her recital debut at the prestigious Schubertiade, Schwarzenberg, a gala concert with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, a gala recital in London’s Wigmore Hall, and her role debut as Annius in Deutsche Gramophone’s live recording of two concert performances of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito with Joyce DiDonato as Sexto and Rolando Villazon as Tito under Metropolitan Opera Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Baden Baden. 2017-18 sees her performing in the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Canada in addition to her work with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Germany. In autumn 2017, she makes her Metropolitan Opera debut as Nichlausse in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman, and also sings the role of Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. December 10 she appears on the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala 2017 at Carnegie Hall. In February 2018, she makes her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu as Stéphano in Romeo et Juliette. With Bayerische Staatsoper, where she is a principal soloist, she reprises the roles of Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Carlotta in Strauss’s Die Schwiegsame Frau. April sees a return to Ireland to sing Susanna in the Irish National Opera's first season highlight production, The Marriage of Figaro. Recitals include a return to the Vancouver Recital Society, and debuts on Welsh National Opera’s International Concert Series, Vocal Arts DC in Washington, DC, and at South Carolina’s Peace Center.

Opera Highlights
Recent opera performances include: Miss Erraught’s role debut as The Composer in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos for Bayerische Staatsoper; her company debut with the Staatsoper Berlin singing Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia; Irish opera debuts with Opera Theater Company, Dublin, singing Donna Elvira in the world premiere of Roddy Doyle’s new translation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and with Wide Open Opera singing Rosina in a new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia; her Salzburg Festival debut singing Siebel in the Festival's new production of Gounod's Faust with the Vienna Philharmonic; her role debut as Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and creating the role of Kathleen Scott in the commissioned world premiere of Czech composer Miroslav Srnka’s opera South Pole, both for Bayerische Staatsoper, and a celebrated American opera debut with the Washington National Opera as Angelina in La Cenerentola.

Miss Erraught has made 33 role debuts with the Bayerische Staatsoper alone; among them Kathy in anew production of Poul Rouders’ Selma Jezkova; Carlotta in Strauss’s Die Schweigsame Frau, Op. 80, Christa in Janacek’s The Makropulos Affair, Despina (having previously sung the role of Dorabella) in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Prince Orlovsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, as well as singing Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel and Sifare in Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto. With Hamburg Staatsoper she has sung Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Angelina in La Cenerentola. Miss Erraught also created the role of Kitty in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s A Harlot’s Progress at the Theater an der Wien; and made her role debut as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and at the BBC Proms. 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”. In 2011, she won worldwide acclaim when she stepped in on five-days’ notice, learning the role of Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e in Montecchi for the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Recitals and Media
Past recital and orchestral performances include, in North America: New York’s Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, the Celebrity Series of Boston, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Kansas City’s Harriman-Jewell Series, Sonoma’s Green Music Center, Santa Monica’s The Broad Stage, Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society, Georgia’s Spiky Hall and Savannah Music Festival in the United States; Canada’s Vancouver Recital Society, and the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, Mexico; Wigmore Hall’s Rosenblatt Recital Series in the UK; France’s Le Grand Foyer Series, Opera de Lille; Japan’s Tokyo Opera Nomori; Ireland’s National Concert Hall (Dublin), Music for Galway Series, Drogheda International Classic Music Series, Wexford Festival, serving as one of 11 honorary ambassadors for Ireland's Culture Night 2015, and special performances celebrating Irish Culture during the Irish Centennial in London and in Washington, DC, as well as a solo opera gala concert with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra; the South Denmark Philharmonic, and Munich’s Nymphenburg Sommer and Bayerische Festspiele.

Ms. Erraught can be seen on DVD in the title role of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier on the Opus Arte label.

Awards
Audiences and Press are not alone in taking notice of Ms. Erraught’s talent: in spring 2013, the Bavarian government bestowed upon her the prestigious Promeritis 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 the Dermott Troy Award for the Best Irish Singer.

Background
A native of Dundalk, Ireland, Tara Erraught is 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. A resident principal soloist with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich since 2010 (she was a member of the company’s opera studio from 2008 – 2010), Ms. Erraught also works with famed German mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender, expanding her lieder and opera repertoire.

Current June 2017

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