The Irish soprano Daire Halpin is based in London. She graduated in Music and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin prior to vocal studies at the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama (DIT) with Mary Brennan, the Conservatorio Statale di Musica ‘Luigi Cherubini’ in Florence with Maestro Gianni Fabbrini, and the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Ameral Gunson. She is a graduate of the Britten Pears and Wexford Fesitval Opera Young Artist Programmes and now studies privately with Yvonne Kenny.
At DIT Daire Halpin earned the McNamara medal for Outstanding Acheivement, and was supported in her studies at the Guidhall School of Music and Drama with awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, the Arts Humanities Research Council, the Worhsipful Company of Barbers, the Anthony Kearns Music Fund and Fenn Wright Manson.
Daire Halpin was also selected to take part in the International Lied Masterclasses with Udo Reinemann at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Brussels.
Daire Halpin’s operatic engagements have included several world premières: Julia in Torsten Rasch’s The Duchess of Malfi (English National Opera), Hilde in Craig Armstrong’s The Lady from the Sea (Scottish Opera), and Hulda in Raymond Deane's The Alma Fetish with Wide Open Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. She took part in the workshops on the role of Rebecca in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys for English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera of New York. She has also taken part in premières of works by Rhian Samuels and Colin Mawby.
Daire Halpin’s other engagements have included Jano Jenufa and Amor Orfeo (Opera Ireland), Zerlina Don Giovanni (Opera Ireland/DIT), Proserpina/Ninfa Orfeo (Opera Theatre Company, Dublin), , Diana Orpheus in the Underworld (Scottish Opera/NI Opera/Young Vic), Lucy Lockitt The Beggar’s Opera (European Opera Centre/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Belinda Dido and Aeneas (Endellion Festival) and Gianetta The Gondoliers (RTÉ Concert Orchestra).
Her operatic repertoire also includes Adina L’elisir d’amore, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Despina Così fan tutte, Pamina/Papagena Die Zauberflöte, Drusilla/Virtu L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Galatea Acis and Galatea, Theodora (Title Role), Tigrane Radamisto, Musetta La Boheme, Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gabrielle La Vie Parisienne, Sylvie La Colombe, Lucy The Telephone, and Amanda Le Grand Macabre.
Daire Halpin’s recent concert engagements have included Bach St John Passion with the RTE Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan in Dublin’s National Concert Hall, and a tour with the European Union Youth Orchestra to London and Reykjavik.
Other career highlights include Faure Requiem and Handel’s Messiah in the National Concert Hall in Dublin, a duet programme with Emma Kirkby in which they also sang Vivaldi’s Gloria as well as appearances with Goldsmiths Choral Union, and several leading choral societies in the UK and Ireland. Her oratorio repertoire also includes Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Bach Magnificat, Fauré Requiem, Brahms Requiem and Mozart C Minor Mass.
Daire Halpin recently performedApollo Il Parnaso with Les Bougies Baroques and the World Premiere of a new work by Nico Muhly based upon the work of William Butler Yeats with the RTE Symphony Orchestra in Dublin’s National Concert Hall.
Her forthcoming engagements include Zerlina Don Giovanni for Opera Theatre Company, Dublin.D
Daire Halpin’s recordings include Lyric fm’s number 1 best-selling Joyce Songs, the soundtrack for BBC Radio 4’s adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses. She also recently recorded Lady from the Sea by Craig Armstrong for Symphonic Ltd and Lucy Lockitt for the European Opera Centre with the Liverpool Philharmonic.
Apollo Il Parnaso with Les Bougies Baroques
“Daire Halpin brought cool brilliance to the role of Apollo.”
Robert Hugill / Planet Hugill / August 2015
“Halpin and Manifold steal the show with their arias, easily and exquisitely voiced.”
Tim Ashley / The Guardian
“Soprano Daire Halpin as Apollo sang with a lovely crystalline voice, which was an absolute delight in In fronte a voi risplende and later in the even more taxing coloratura Vi scuseranno assai.'
Albert Storace / Sunday Times of Malta