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.
Her engagements in the season 2018/19 include a new production of Cenerentola at the Welsh National Opera, Cosi fan tutte and Hänsel und Gretel at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich as well as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Berliner Staatsoper. In Lyon she will sing in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion. Beside that she will perform Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem together with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in Savannah and a recital in Dublin.
Her engagements in the season 2017/18 included her debut at Metropolitan Opera New York as Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’ Hoffmann. During the season she appeared here also as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel. At Bayerische Staatsoper she sang in Die Schweigsame Frau, Cosi fan tutte, Parsifal and Orlando Paladino. The Liceu Barcelona presented the singer as Stéphano in Romeo et Juliette. At Nationaltheater Mannheim she was engaged as Angelina in a gala performance of Rossini’s Cenerentola. At Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin she was heard as Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia. Concerts brought her to the USA and to Canada.
Tara Erraught’s 2017 summer engagements included reprising the role of Angelina in the Bayerische Staatoper’s production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, her recital debut at the prestigious Schubertiade in 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 Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Baden Baden.
In 2016/17 Tara Erraught sang Donna Elvira in Ireland and gave her Mexico-Debut in a gala recital together with Javier Camarena in Mexico City. She was also seen at the Bayerische Staatsoper; first as Susanna and Hänsel and also as Despina. Furthermore she gave her role debut as Komponist in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. At the Staatsoper Berlin she had her debut as Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia. Recitals brought her to Lille and to the Wigmore Hall in London.
Recent opera performances include: her role debut as Komponist 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, Donna Elvira in the world premiere of Roddy Doyle’s new translation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and with Wide Open Opera, 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 Wiener Philharmoniker, 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.
Tara Erraught has made 33 role debuts with the Bayerische Staatsoper: among them: Prince Orlovsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, as well as Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Sifare in Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto. With Staatsoper Hamburg 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.
Past recital and orchestral performances include engagements in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, the Celebrity Series of Boston, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Wigmore Hall’s Rosenblatt Recital Series, Tokyo Opera Nomori; Ireland’s National Concert Hall (Dublin), Wexford Festival. Tara Erraught can be seen on DVD in the title role of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier on the Opus Arte label.
In spring 2013, the Bavarian government bestowed upon her the prestigious Promeritis scientiae et litterarum in recognition for outstanding contribution to the arts. 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. 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 Tara Erraught won the Dermott Troy Award for the Best Irish Singer.
A native of Dundalk, Ireland, she is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. A resident principal soloist with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich since 2010. Erraught also works with famed German mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender, expanding her lieder and opera repertoire.
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