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GALA CONCERTS Rory Dunne - Baritone

Brendan Collins - Bass

A graduate of both the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama (BMus Hons) and The Bull Alley Theatre Training Company, Rory Dunne has studied as both an actor and a classical singer. His career has led him to work with Irish National Opera, Cork Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Wide Open Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Lyric Opera Productions, Opera in the Open and the RTE Concert Orchestra Chorus, performing roles in The Wexford Opera House, The National Concert Hall, The Bord Gais Energy Theatre and The Buxton Opera House.

Baritone Brendan Collins began his training at the Cork School of Music under Robert Beare, the D.I.T. Conservatory in Dublin and in 2007 he was granted a scholarship to study at the Opera Studio of Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels under renowned bass-baritone José van Dam. In 2005 he was one of only 12 Irish singers to take part in the 1st Wexford Festival Young Artists programme under tenor Dennis O’Neill.

He has been awarded prizes from Feis Ceoil, The Bernadette Greevy Bursary, Navan Choral Festival and The John McCormack Society, and the Northern Ireland Opera Glenarm Festival of Voice. Performed roles include Colline (La Boheme), The Mikado (The Mikado), Monterone (Rigoletto), Haly (L’Italiana in Algeri), Buck Mulligan (Eric Sweeney’s “Ulysses”), Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata), Sciarrone (Tosca), Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), David (A Hand of Bridge), Boatswain (HMS Pinafore), Talpa (Il Tabarro), Fiorello (Il Barbieri di Siviglia), and Dancaire (Carmen) Talpa (Il Tabarro), Fiorello (Il Barbieri di Siviglia), and Dancaire (Carmen). Rory has been engaged as a Company Artist with Cork Opera for both the 2018 and 2019 seasons where he regularly performs. Later this year he will be joining Opera Collective Ireland to perform the role of Greatrakes in Raymond Deane‘s new opera Vagabones, as well as the title role in their production of Telemann’s Pimpinone.

As a soloist he has performed across Ireland, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, China and America. Opera engagements include Glyndebourne Festival Opera, B.B.C. Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Theatre Company, NI Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Anna Livia Festival, Lyric Opera, Cork Operatic Society and Glasthule Opera. His roles include the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Marcello (La Boheme), Escamillo (Carmen), Germont (La Traviata), Tonio (Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana), Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Pietro de Wisants (L’Assedio di Calais), Jupiter (Orpheus in the Underworld), Marullo (Rigoletto), Elviro (Xerses), Aeneas (Dido & Aeneas), Fiorello (The Barber of Seville), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) and Count Gil (Il segreto di Susanna) amongst others. A regular performer on the concert platform his repertoire includes Handel Messiah (Pro Cathedral, Dublin), Handel Birthday Ode for Queen Anne (St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin), Mozart Requiem (National Concert Hall, Dublin), Mozart Vespers (Kajetanekirche, Salzburg), Mozart Coronation Mass (St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna), Mozart Mass in C Minor (Ulster Hall, Belfast), Mozart Spatzenmesse (Westminster Cathedral, London), Haydn Creation Mass (Clonard Monastery, Belfast), Haydn Nelson Mass (St Finbarr’s Cathedral, Cork), Fauré Requiem (St. Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent) Schubert Mass in G (St Nicholas, Galway), Puccini Messa di Gloria (Cork City Hall), Orff Carmina Burana (National Concert Hall, Dublin), Mendelssohn Elijah (Wexford Opera House) and Beethoven 9th Symphony (Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels). Recent highlights include his Chinese debut at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in concert with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

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