Acclaimed for her rich voice, expansive range and dynamic stage presence worldwide, Irish-born mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught enjoys an ever-growing international career on the opera, orchestral and recital stages.
With a wide repertoire that includes Balfe, Bellini, Dvořák, Gounod, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Strauss and Verdi, as well as contemporary composers, in recent seasons she has sung two world premieres, made her US opera debut, numerous role debuts, and successfully toured North America three times.
2016-Summer Season Highlights
Following a performance at Wigmore Hall’s 115th Anniversary Celebratory Concert, in June 2016 Tara Erraught makes her role debut as Susanna in the Bayerische Staatsoper’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, followed by the company’s final season performances of its commissioned world premiere, Srnka’s South Pole. She ends the summer season making her Salzburg Festival debut singing the role of Siebel in the Festival’s new production of Gounod’s Faust with the Vienna Philharmonic in August.
Ms. Erraught’s 2016-17 season begins in her native country of Ireland with her company debut with Opera Theater Company singing Dona Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. She then makes her Mexico debut in a gala performance with tenor Javier Camarena in Mexico City. Returning to Germany, she sings in the Bayerische Staatsoper’s productions of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna), and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel (Hänsel). In January 2017, she reprises the role of Kathleen Scott in Srnka’s South Pole, and can then returns to Ireland for a one-night only performance with pianist Barry Douglas on the Drogheda International Classic Music Series before heading back to Munich to sing an Artist-in-Residence recital at the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Opera House in February, followed by recitals in Lille, France, and in the UK at Wigmore Hall, on the prestigious Roseblatt Recital Series in early March. Returning to Munich, Ms. Erraught makes her role debut as The Composer in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and sings the role of Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the Bayerische Staatsoper, then travels to Berlin to sing Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia in her company debut with the Staatsoper Berlin. Following a one night only concert with the Munchner Rundfunkorchester, she sings in productions of Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Angelina) and Dvořák’s Rusalka (Kuchenjunge). Summer 2017 engagements include the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.
Recent Highlights Recent opera performances include: her Irish opera debut singing Rosina in Wide Open Opera’s new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia to acclaim; creating the role of Kathleen Scott in the commissioned world premiere of Czech composer Miroslav Srnka’s opera South Pole for the Bayersiche Staatsoper; a celebrated American opera debut with the Washington National Opera as Angelina in La Cenerentola; role debuts as Kathy in a new production of Poul Rouders’ Selma Jezkova; Carlotta in Strauss’s Die Schweigsame Frau, Op. 80, Christa in Janáček’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 Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Sifare in Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto with the Bayerische Staatsoper; Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Angelina in La Cenerentola with the Hamburg Staatsoper; creating the role of Kitty in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s A Harlot’s Progress at the Theater an der Wien; and 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 i Montecchi for the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Recitals and Media
Past recital and orchestral performances include: 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 Spivy Hall and Savannah Music Festival in the United States; Canada’s Vancouver Recital Society; London’s Wigmore Hall; Japan’s Tokyo Opera Nomori; Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Music for Galway Series and the Wexford Festival, and a solo opera gala concert with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra; South Denmark Philharmonic, and Munich’s Nymphenburg Sommer and Bayerische Festspiele. Of special note is Ms. Erraught’s service as one of 11 honorary ambassadors for Ireland’s Culture Night 2015, and special performances celebrating Irish Culture during the Irish Centennial - in April 2016 at the United Kingdom’s Wigmore Hall in the Concert, “Irish Culture in Britain: A Centenary Celebration”, and in May 2016 in Washington, DC, with the National Symphony Orchestra for the Opening Night Concert of The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’“Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture”. Ms. Erraught can be seen on DVD in the title role of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier on the Opus Arte label.
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 Pro meritis 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.