Ailish Tynan

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

  • Despite the tradition of passing folk songs from generation to the next, aurally, the Irish folk song had lost its importance somewhat in 19th century Ireland, but by the turn of the twentieth-century the revival of Ireland’s native music was coming to a head. Belfast-born Herbert Hughes set about collecting and distributing Irish airs. From there he began arranging the melodies for voice and piano, but at a lecture in Dublin pointed out the relationship between the original song, as sung by ‘the peasant, giving voice to an ancient tradition’ and the same song as put into print with a piano accompaniment. This original disc brings together both the old and the new, transforming the traditional folk song into an ‘art-song.’ The 25 folk songs tell of stories both happy and sad and make this disc as much a literary landscape, as a musical one with words by Thomas Moore & James Joyce. Beautifully performed by Ailish Tynan & Iain Burnside. ★★★★★ Soprano Ailish Tynan's feeling for the musical idiom and, above all, the poetry of her countrymen, matched by Burnside's delightfully poetic pianism, prove irresistible. Highly recommended - Classic FM  
  • Iain Burnside and Ailish Tynan return to Signum with their second disc of Irish Songs and arrangements – this time from a range of different 20th Century composers. Although all of the sung texts stem from Irelands rich heritage of literature (including poems from W.B. Yeats, Thomas Moore and James Joyce), the composers featured here have a more transatlantic feel, with works by John Cage and Samuel Barber programmed alongside others by Benjamin Britten and Herbert Hughes.
    Ailish Tynan’s singing [is] totally compellingBBC Radio 3 Record Review
    Editor's Choice: The disc is full of interest. There are lovely, unknown tunes, seductively sung and hauntingly harmonised. It has pathos and wild joy in equal measure. An excellent recital -  Classic FM Magazine
    Iain Burnside is a dream of an accompanistLa Scena Musicale
  • 2012 marks the 15th anniversary of the first release from the leading independent classical label Signum Records. Beginning life as an early music specialist (with a landmark release of the Complete Works of Thomas Tallis with Chapelle du Roi), Signum has grown since 1997 to a catalogue of over 300 releases across a wide range of genres. In this Art Song collection we bring together performances from across Signum's catalouge by singers including John Mark Ainsley, Sarah Connolly, Philip Langridge, Felicity Lott, Mark Padmore, Andrew Kennedy, Roderick Williams, Ailish Tynan and Hila Plitmann. This generous culling of 25 songs from 20 albums released in the past 15 years has a delectable cast of British and Irish voices in songs from Beethoven to Weir - BBC Music Magazine
  • Lorin Maazel and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Mahler’s Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Symphonies. This is the final set in Signum’s set of Mahler’s Nine Symphonies, featuring live orchestral recordings from London’s Royal Festival Hall of Maazel and the Philharmonia’s much- lauded Mahler Cycle. CDs1&2 - Symphony No.7 Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel CDs3&4- Symphony No.8, Symphony of a Thousand:  Sally Matthews Magna Peccatrix Ailish Tynan Una pœnitentium Sarah Tynan Mater Gloriosa Sarah Connolly Mulier Samaritana Anne-Marie Owens Maria Ægyptiaca Stefan Vinke Doctor Marianus Mark Stone Pater Ecstaticus Stephen Gadd Pater Profundus Philharmonia Voices & & BBC Symphony Chorus Choir 1 Philharmonia Chorus Choir 2 Boys of Eton College Chapel Choir Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel CDs5&6 - Symphony No.9 Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel How the Philharmonia strings manage to sustain intensity in a mere thread of sound through those halting, valedictory final bars is something to marvel atBBC Music Magazine The stars of this performance are the choruses, who always sound crisp, clear and utterly engaged; they're also wonderfully intense when it matters...there's a rare sense of total connection here, of a profound musical experience gratefully shared. I was gripped to the very end - MusicWeb International Maazel could sustain this score in a way that seemed to transcend reality... a tremendously moving experience - Classical Source An extraordinary reading of the Ninth... a performance touched by greatness - MusicWeb International
  • Much loved mezzo-soprano, Susan Bickley, and fast-rising stars Ailish Tynan and Andrew Kennedy perform songs written by one of Britain's leading composers, Judith Weir

    With works ranging from minature to epic, these songs showcase the originality and talent of one of music's great storytellers. Superbly accompanied by Iain Burnside, these strong performances masterfully bring together Weir's diverse range of literary and musical influences from many international sources, including China, Africa and Serbia as well as her native Scotland.

  • A trio of leading British solists perform a sumptuous selection of chamber music by the Romantic composers Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann and Strauss. The programme is centred around Schubert’s iconic The Shepherd on the Rock – written for the esteemed soprano Anna Milder- Hauptmann, it was to become virtually the final complete work that Schubert composed before his tragic death at 31.
    ★★★★ There are some lovely performances on this disc, with Tynan, Bliss and Glynn combining to make some real magic in the Schubert and Strauss - Planet Hugill
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