Irish soprano Ailish Tynan studied at Trinity College Dublin, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Rosenblatt Recital Prize in 2003, was a Young Artist for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2002 to 2004 and a BBC New Generation Artist. She has performed in many of the world’s leading opera houses including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Royal Swedish Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Teatro alla Scala and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse. Her roles include Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), title roles in The Cunning Little Vixen and Hänsel und Gretel, Héro (Béatrice et Bénédict), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Atalanta (Xerxes) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro).
Ailish is a prolific concert and recording artist and works frequently with British and international orchestras. Career highlights to date include performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Sir Antonio Pappano, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev and Philharmonia Orchestra under Lorin Maazel, and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder. A regular at the BBC Proms, her performances have included Bella in Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage, Glière’s Concerto for coloratura soprano and Chabrier’s Ode à la musique in a First Night appearance. On the recital platform Ailish is noted for the breadth of her repertory, and is an acclaimed exponent of French song. She collaborates with pianists including Iain Burnside, Graham Johnson, András Schiff and James Baillieu.
With Iain Burnside she has recorded From a City Window, a disc of songs by Hubert Parry (with Susan Bickley and William Dazeley, Delphian DCD34117) as well as the solo recital An Irish Songbook and discs of songs by Fauré and Herbert Hughes.