Heralding a move to the dramatic repertoire of Wagner and Richard Strauss, Orla Boylan made her role debut last season as Senta (The Flying Dutchman) for English National Opera and as Chrysothemis (Elektra) for West Australian Opera. She has also appeared as Sieglinde (Die Walküre) in Phyllidia Lloyd’s staging for ENO and in David McVicar’s staging for Opéra national du Rhin under Marko Leontja. Other roles have included Aufseherin (Elektra) at the Salzburger Festspiele under Daniele Gatti and Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) for Teatro Communale di Bologna. A series of title roles (Arabella, Ariadne auf Naxos and most notably the British stage-premiere of Die Liebe der Danae) for Garsington Opera under Elgar Howarth established Orla Boylan as a respected interpreter of Richard Strauss’ music.
Current season highlights include Vier Letzte Lieder with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra under Paul Daniel and War Requiem with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Future plans include Gutrune (Götterdämmerung) for Opera North and Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) for NBR New Zealand Opera.
"Orla Boylan (Chrysothemis) could not have been better; her ‘Ich kann nicht sitzen’ was powerful and pitiful.” (Elektra, West Australian Opera, Opera Magazine, April 2012)
“Orla Boylan as Ellen was outstanding and brought fragility to the role that was (purposely) missing from the rest of the characters. Ellen was the softest character and Boylan was beautiful in the role.” (Australian Stage, February 2010)
“Best of all, however, is Orla Boylan, who plays the title role convincingly, and whose soprano soars gloriously.” (The Guardian, August 2008)