Owen Gilhooly began his studies with Jean Holmes at the Limerick School of Music. He subsequently graduated from the Royal College of Music and National Opera Studio with generous support from the Arts Council of Ireland, the Belfast Classical Music Bursary, the RVW Trust and the Sibyl Tutton Trust. He made his Royal Opera House debut singing Fauré Requiem for the Royal Ballet and represented Ireland at the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
He has appeared in principal roles with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, English Touring Opera, Lyric Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, The Opera Group and the, as well as Wexford Festival Opera, Lismore Music Festival, Buxton Festival Opera, Les Azuriales Opera & Musikverkstatt Wien.
In concert he has appeared with the RTÉ NSO & CO, IBO, Irish Chamber and Ulster Orchestras and internationally with the Bournemouth and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Liverpool and London Philharmonic Orchestras as well as appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in works including Berlioz’ L’enfance du Christ and The Bridegroom in The Vanishing Bridegroom, Bill Bobstay in HMS Pinafore and Konecký in Osud at the BBC Proms.
His discography includes Weir: The Vanishing Bridegroom BBC Symphony Orchestra/Brabbins, Hurd: The Aspern Papers Ulster Orchestra/Vass, Joyce Songs: James Joyce’s Musical Dublin RTÉ Concert Orchestra/Houlihan, May: Sunlight and Shadow RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra/Houlihan.
In recent years, Owen’s voice has now moved into the tenor range with focus on lyric repertoire. Recent engagements included Monostatos, First Armed Man (Die Zauberflöte) for Cork Opera House, Verdi Requiem, Gaston La Traviata, Remendado Carmen and Lensky Eugene Onegin, Sun in the world premiere of The Nightingale and the Rose and Borsa Rigoletto.
Owen is a member of the Vocal Faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
We welcome Owen back after his performance in last year’s Golden Jubilee concert Gloria! He has become familiar to our audiences having also performed with the choir in 2012 (Messa di Gloria – Puccini/Carmina Burana) and 2013 (Mozart- Coronation Mass/Solemn Vespers and excerpts from Maritana).