Gavan Ring

Baritone

“...the lavish talents of Gavan Ring in the title role...agility of a gymnast and the vocal command of a sergeant-major: his bel canto was both supple and forthright...”

Martin Dreyer, Opera Magazine

Gavan Ring read Education and Music at St Patrick’s College, Dublin and after post-graduate studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, trained at the National Opera Studio in London.

He was a Jerwood Young Artist at the 2012 Glyndebourne Festival Opera, second prize winner at the 2013 Wigmore Hall International Song competition and won the Southbank Sinfonia Award for Orchestral Song.

Recent and future highlights include:

  • Title role Don Giovanni – Welsh National Opera
  • Recitals with Simon Lepper at Wigmore Hall and Leighton House, London and for the Dublin Song Series
  • Nardo Mozart La Finta Giardiniera; Phoebus Purcell The Fairy Queen; Morales Carmen – Glyndebourne Festival Opera
  • Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Guglielmo Così fan tutte; Schaunard La Bohème; Novice’s Friend Billy Budd; Ping Turandot – Opera North
  • Dancaire Carmen – Jean-Christophe Spinosi & Matheus Ensemble (European tour)
  • Olivier Capriccio – Garsington Festival Opera

Biography

At the 2014 Glyndebourne Festival, Gavan come to the attention of the press when he sang Nardo at the opening night of Mozart La Finta Giardiniera at short notice prompting Michael Church to write in The Independent “…a coruscating offstage…

At the 2014 Glyndebourne Festival, Gavan come to the attention of the press when he sang Nardo at the opening night of Mozart La Finta Giardiniera at short notice prompting Michael Church to write in The Independent “…a coruscating offstage performance by his cover Gavan Ring deservedly stole the show.”  

Opera plans this season and beyond include his debut with Welsh National Opera as Don Giovanni; Horatio Hamlet by Brett Dean and Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia for Glyndebourne Touring Opera; Dancaïre Carmen on tour in France and Spain with Ensemble Matheus and Jean-Christophe Spinosi; Olivier Capriccio for Garsington Opera; and a return to Opera North to sing Papageno Die Zauberflöte.

Recent concerts include Britten War Requiem at the Three Spires Festival in Truro Cathedral with tenor Mark Padmore and also in Belfast Cathedral with the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Jac van Steen; Bach St John Passion with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan; Handel Messiah with RTÉ NSO and a solo recital for Opera Northern Ireland’s Festival of Voice. Future concert plans include solo recitals with Iain Burnside for the Ludlow Weekend of English Song, and with Simon Lepper at Wigmore Hall.

Other roles have included Schaunard La Bohème, Manuel in Falla La Vida Breve, Jake Wallace La Fanciulla del West, Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia, Guglielmo Così fan Tutte, Ping Turandot and Novice’s Friend Billy Budd for Opera North; Nardo La Finta Giardinera; Morales Carmen and Phoebus in Purcell Fairy Queen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Hartmann in Offenbach Fantasio in concert and recording for Opera Rara with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sir Mark Elder; Pluto in Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld for Scottish Opera; Bill Bobstay in HMS Pinafore with Richard Egarr at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival and Falke Die Fledermaus for Holland Park Opera.

In his native Ireland Gavan has sung Lieutenant Gordon in the European première of Kevin Puts Silent Night, Father Philippe in Holst The Wandering Scholar and Oompa Loompa in Peter Ash The Golden Ticket for Wexford Festival Opera; Dancaire Carmen, Cascada in Lehár The Merry Widow and Yamadori Madama Butterfly for Dublin Lyric Opera; Colas in Mozart Bastien und Bastienne for Opera Theatre Company; and Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia for Wide Open Opera, Dublin. This season he will appear as the High King of Ireland in Opera Theatre Company’s production of Eithne by Robert O’Dwyer, the first performance of this opera for over one hundred years.

Gavan is kindly supported by An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council of Ireland. He has also received support from the Glyndebourne New Generation Programme, The Musician’s Benevolent Fund (Richard Van Allan Award) and the Cahersiveen Festival of Music and the Arts.

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