“...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...”
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.
- 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
- Papageno Die Zauberflöte; 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
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.
At the 2014 Glyndebourne Festival, Gavan came 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 a return to Opera North to sing Papageno, a role he will also perform for the newly established Irish National Opera. He will make his debut with the Munich Radio Orchestra in the role of Radoski in a concert performance of Rossini Sigismondo (also to be recorded for CD). Other forthcoming concert performances include Bach St John Passion with the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir; Britten War Requiem with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin; and an appearance with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle at the Lucerne Festival singing Le chat/L’horloge comtoise in Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges, a reprise of a concert given at the 2018 BBC Proms. He will also return to London’s Wigmore Hall to give a solo recital with pianist Simon Lepper.
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 Kevin Puts Silent Night, Father Philippe in Holst The Wandering Scholar and Oompa Loompa in Peter Ash The Golden Ticket for Wexford Festival Opera; Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia for Wide Open Opera, Dublin; and the High King of Ireland in Opera Theatre Company’s production of Eithne by Robert O’Dwyer.
Previous concerts include Britten War Requiem at the Three Spires Festival in Truro Cathedral, and also in Belfast Cathedral with the Ulster Orchestra; Bach St John Passion with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra; and recitals for Opera Northern Ireland’s Festival of Voice, and the Ludlow Weekend of English Song (with Iain Burnside).
Gavan is kindly supported by the Next Generation Artist Award from 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.