Ailish Tynan was born in Mullingar, Ireland, and studied at Trinity College, the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. In 2003 Ailish won the Rosenblatt Recital Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Other awards include the Maggie Teyte Competition, Miriam Licette Award and the RTÉ Millennium Singer of the Future.
Ailish was a member of the Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she performed Papagena Die Zauberflöte, First Niece Peter Grimes, Xenia Boris Godunov, Second Wood Nymph Rusalka and Woodbird Siegfried. She returned last season to sing Marzelline Fidelio under Antonio Pappano and has since been invited to sing Gretel.
Roles elsewhere include Valencienne The Merry Widow and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro for Welsh National Opera, Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice and Pamina Die Zauberflöte for Opera Ireland, Flora The Knot Garden with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Ännchen Der Freischütz at the Edinburgh International Festival conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.
In the 2006/7 season Ailish made her US debut as Zerlina Don Giovanni for the Seattle Opera and in 2007/08 she made her role and company debut singing Sophie Der Rosenkavalier for the Royal Swedish Opera to critical acclaim.
Highlights on the concert platform include performances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Roger Norrington at the 2006 BBC Proms, Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniele Gatti, Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Mahler 4 with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins, Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne with the Ulster Orchestra, Ravel’s Scheherazade with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra and Mahler 8 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev.
As a recitalist, Ailish has collaborated with distinguished accompanists including Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, Julius Drake, Iain Burnside and Barry Douglas, giving recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival, City of London Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival, West Cork Music Festival, Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square, London. In the 2006/7 season Ailish joined the Nash Ensemble on a concert tour of Sweden and gave recitals in Tokyo, Barcelona, Valloires Festival, France and Bryn Terfel’s Faenol Festival.
As a former BBC New Generation Artist, Ailish is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 3. Recent recordings include Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock on the Wigmore Hall Live label, Irish Songs by Herbert Hughes and Songs of Judith Weir both on the Signum Classics label.
Future plans include Héro Béatrice et Bénédict Houston Grand Opera, Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen Grange Park Opera, Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring Opéra Comique and Opéra de Rouen, concerts with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, at Westminster Abbey for BBC Radio 3 and several recitals including two appearances at the Wigmore Hall.
Ailish Tynan is represented by Intermusica