Gavan Ring

Tenor

“Gavan Ring's performance as Azim was a consistent treat, his lyric tenor carrying a potent ring”

John Allison, 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.

Highlights

  • Cecil Bastarda for La Monnaie (world premiere)
  • Juan in Massenet Don Quichotte and Azim in Stanford The Veiled Prophet for Wexford Festival Opera
  • The White King Alice’s Adventures Under Ground for Irish National Opera
  • Jacquino Fidelio and Horatio Brett Dean Hamlet for Glyndebourne Touring Opera
  • Covering the roles of Prologue & Quint Turn of the Screw and Sam Kaplan Street Scene for Opera North; Viennese New Year concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North
  • Recitals with Simon Lepper at Wigmore Hall and Leighton House, London and for the Dublin Song Series

Biography

Gavan Ring recently made the transition from baritone to tenor, and makes his tenor debut for the 2020 Glyndebourne Festival as First Commissioner in Dialogues des Carmélites. The 20/21 season sees his debut at La Monnaie in roles in Bastarda,…

Gavan Ring recently made the transition from baritone to tenor, and makes his tenor debut for the 2020 Glyndebourne Festival as First Commissioner in Dialogues des Carmélites. The 20/21 season sees his debut at La Monnaie in roles in Bastarda, a project based on the Donizetti Trilogy, as well as a return to Irish National Opera to sing the White King in Barry Alice’s Adventures Under Ground and to Opera North to sing Gastone La Traviata and the Sergeant Jack the Ripper. He will appear in recital with guitarist Xuefei Yang at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

For Opera North in the 19/20 season he sang in their Viennese New Year concerts as well as covering the roles of Prologue & Quint Turn of the Screw and Sam Kaplan Street Scene. Other previous tenor appearances have included Juan in Massenet Don Quichotte and Azim in Stanford The Veiled Prophet for Wexford Festival Opera; Casimiro in Storace Gli sposi malcontenti for Bampton Opera; Frederic in Pirates of Penzance at Cork Opera House and a number of appearances on RTÉ Radio singing repertoire including arias from Eugene Onegin (Lensky), La Traviata (Alfredo), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Belmonte) and Macbeth (Macduff).

As a baritone, his previous roles included Papageno; Don Giovanni; Guglielmo; Horatio Hamlet by Brett Dean; Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Olivier Capriccio and Falke Die Fledermaus for companies including Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Garsington Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Ensemble Matheus, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Previous concert highlights included the baritone arias Bach St John Passion with the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir and also with the RTÉ NSO; Britten War Requiem in Belfast Cathedral with the Ulster Orchestra, and the RTÉ NSO; and most recently an appearance with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle at the Lucerne Festival in Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges, a reprise of a concert given at the 2018 BBC Proms. He has given solo recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and Opera Northern Ireland’s Festival of Voice with pianist Simon Lepper, and at the Ludlow Weekend of English Song with Iain Burnside.

Gavan 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.

Gavan is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Michael and Giancarla Alen-Buckley and Opera North patron Howard Gatiss.

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