Orla Boylan
Soprano

"The standout performance was Boylan’s Ariadne. The Irish soprano is in sensational form, finding a radiance and warmth in Strauss’s lines that is matched by tender insight in the word-painting." (The Times)

Contacts

Ian Stones +44 (0)20 3725 9104
Catherine Znak +44 (0)20 3725 9105

Biography

Heralding a move to the dramatic repertoire of Wagner and Strauss, Orla Boylan has made recent role debuts as Gutrune (Götterdämmerung) for Opera North and Chrysothemis (Elektra) for West Australian Opera. In particular, her thrilling performance as Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) brought her notable international success on stage and in concert performances in Sydney, Oslo, Auckland, Copenhagen and London last season.

Following a series of title roles for Garsington Opera (Arabella, Ariadne auf Naxos and the British stage-premiere of Die Liebe der Danae), Boylan is now a respected interpreter of the music of Richard Strauss. She is also a leading interpreter of

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Heralding a move to the dramatic repertoire of Wagner and Strauss, Orla Boylan has made recent role debuts as Gutrune (Götterdämmerung) for Opera North and Chrysothemis (Elektra) for West Australian Opera. In particular, her thrilling performance as Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) brought her notable international success on stage and in concert performances in Sydney, Oslo, Auckland, Copenhagen and London last season.

Following a series of title roles for Garsington Opera (Arabella, Ariadne auf Naxos and the British stage-premiere of Die Liebe der Danae), Boylan is now a respected interpreter of the music of Richard Strauss. She is also a leading interpreter of Britten’s operas in which her roles include Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes), Governess (The Turn of the Screw) and Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia).

This season Boylan makes her debut as Miss Wingrave in a new production of Owen Wingrave for Opéra National de Lorraine and appears with the Orchestre National de France in the final scene from Strauss’ Capriccio under the baton of Leif Segerstam.  

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Contacts

Ian Stones +44 (0)20 3725 9104
Catherine Znak +44 (0)20 3725 9105

Reviews

 

“Orla Boylan as Senta and Peter Auty as Erik were fine exponents, commanding the stage with magnificent performances.” (Lindis Taylor, The Listener, September 2013)

“As the opera goes on, Senta’s music seems to get higher and higher and Boylan seemed to get louder and louder as it did so – her final outcries really pinning the listener to the back of their seats with their sheer amplitude. A very exciting singer indeed.” (Simon Holden, Bachtrack, September 2013)

"Orla Boylan's Senta does not strive for sweet innocence; her conception of the role, full-voiced and forthright, adds urgency as well as the human touch." (William Dart, The New Zealand Herald, October

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“Orla Boylan as Senta and Peter Auty as Erik were fine exponents, commanding the stage with magnificent performances.” (Lindis Taylor, The Listener, September 2013)

“As the opera goes on, Senta’s music seems to get higher and higher and Boylan seemed to get louder and louder as it did so – her final outcries really pinning the listener to the back of their seats with their sheer amplitude. A very exciting singer indeed.” (Simon Holden, Bachtrack, September 2013)

"Orla Boylan's Senta does not strive for sweet innocence; her conception of the role, full-voiced and forthright, adds urgency as well as the human touch." (William Dart, The New Zealand Herald, October 2013)

"Orla Boylan as Senta dominated with an edgy ferocity." (Charles Bisley, The Dominion Post, September 2013)

"Orla Boylan, as Senta, began her Act 2 appearance in dreamy distraction, saving full engagement until later. She sang the Ballad of Act 2 with rich fully-coloured vocal sound, reaching her most impressive moments in the thrilling climactic moments of Act 3, where she vocally towered above the full orchestra." (The Sydney Morning Herald, July 2013).

"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)

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