Brendan Collins

Irish Baritone Brendan Collins trained at the Cork School of Music and his training continued at the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama.  He holds a diploma in Performance from the London College of Music and a Gold Medal in acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.  He has also been the winner of many awards in Ireland and Northern Ireland where he was awarded the Pro Musica Singer of the Year Award from the Cork School of Music.

Brendan Collins continued his studies in Brussels when he was awarded a scholarship to study at the opera studio of Theatre de la Monnaie under Susanna Eken and the renowned bass-baritone José van Dam.  He has take part in Master Classes with Dennis O’Neill, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Anne Murray, Mikael Eliason, Ingrid Surgenor, John Elwes and Ugo Benelli.  He currently studies with Robert Dean.

His radio appearances have included broadcasts on RTE Lyric FM where he sang The Notary Gianni Schicci, YamadoriMadama Butterfly, Marullo Rigoletto and Dr Grenvil La Traviata.  With BBC Radio 3 he performed Haydn’s Creation with the Ulster Orchestra and on RTE Radio 1 he has performed a programme of operatic arias.  He sang on the original cast recording of renowned Irish composer John Gibsons' Judith and Holofernes, playing the title role of Holofernes, and the world première recording of Michael Balfe's Falstaff in which he played Giuseppe.

Brendan Collins’s repertoire includes over forty roles, including Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello and Schaunard La Bohème, Escamillo and Dancaire Carmen, Germont La Traviata, Tonio Pagliacci, Masetto and Leporello Don Giovanni, Jupiter Orpheus in the Underworld, Marullo Rigoletto, Yamadori Madama Butterfly, Demetrius A Midsummer Night's Dream, Elviro Xerses, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas, Sacristan Tosca, Captain Petrovich Eugene Onegin, Conte Gil Il segreto di Susanna, Pietro di Wisants L’assedio di Calais and Paolo Albiani Simon Boccanegra.  He has performed with Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company (OTC), English Touring Opera, Scottish Opera and Northern Ireland Opera.

He made his American début at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. with OTC performing the American première of Irish composer Steven Deazley’s opera Bug Off!

Brendan Collins has a busy concert diary.  His repertoire includes Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Mozart Vespers, Mozart Coronation Mass, Mozart Mass in C Minor, Mozart Spatzenmesse, Haydn Creation Mass, Haydn Nelson Mass, Fauré Requiem, Schubert Mass in G, Puccini Messa di Gloria, Orff Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn Elijah and Beethoven Ninth Symphony.

For Glyndebourne Festival Opera, he performed the role of Arthur Jones and covered the role of Donald in Billy Budd at both the Festival and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. Most recent engagements include Marullo Rigoletto for OTC, Dublin, Speaker The Magic Flute and First Nazarene Salome for Northern Ireland Opera, Wagner Faust at the Everyman Theatre, Cork and Marullo Rigoletto for Longborough Festival Opera.

Brendan Collins recently sang Pallante Agrippina for Irish Youth Opera and  Messiah with Irish Baroque Orchestra at Lausanne Festival and on tour in Ireland.

His forthcoming engagements include Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia for Wide Open Opera, and Pish Tush Mikado, Lieutenant Yeomen of the Guard and Pirate King Pirates of Penzance for the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company.

March 2016