Owen Gilhooly studied with Jean Holmes at the Limerick School of Music and subsequently at the Royal College of Music and National Opera Studio. He made his Royal Opera House debut singing Fauré Requiem for the Royal Ballet and in 2007 represented Ireland at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
Having had a significant career as a high baritone, his voice has now developed into the tenor range with focus on lirico-spinto repertoire including Macduff Macbeth, Don José Carmen, Lensky Eugene Onegin, Cavaradossi Tosca. He continues his vocal studies in London with David Pollard. He is currently pursuing Doctoral studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he was recently appointed to the Vocal Faculty.
Recent performances include Robert in the world premiere of Luke Bedford’s Through his Teeth (Royal Opera House Covent Garden); Emilio Il cappello di pagila di Firenze (Wexford Festival Opera); Escamillo Carmen (Opera Theatre Company); Valentin Faust (Everyman Theatre, Cork) and Beethoven's Christus am Olberge in Spain with Camerata Ireland.
He has appeared in principal roles with Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, English Touring Opera, Lyric Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, The Opera Group and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has made frequent appearances at Wexford Festival Opera, Lismore Music Festival, Buxton Festival Opera, Les Azuriales Opera and Musikverkstatt Wien.
In concert, Owen has performed with both national and international orchestras, including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestras and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with whom works have included - Berlioz L'enfance du Christ and The Bridegroom The Vanishing Bridegroom, Bill Bobstay HMS Pinafore and Konecký Osud at the BBC Proms.
Owen recently made his operatic tenor debut as Borsa Rigoletto for Opera Theatre Company.
May 15 - 30 2015
Verdi : Rigoletto
Rigoletto Bruno Caproni
Gilda Emma Nash
Duke Luciano Botelho
Sparafucile John Molloy
Maddelena / Countess Ceprano Kate Allen
Monterone Michael Druiett
Borsa Owen Gilhooly
Marullo Brendan Collins
Ceprano David Howes
Giovanna / Page Doreen Curran
Director Selina Cartmell
Conductor Fergus Sheil
Designer Alex Lowde
Lighting Design Sinead Wallace
Opera Theatre Company
Fri 15 May, 2015 WEXFORD National Opera House book tickets
Sun 17 May, 2015 DUNDALK An Tain Arts Centre book tickets
Tue 19 May, 2015 NAVAN Solstice Arts Centre book tickets
Thur 21 May, 2015 DUBLIN O'Reilly Theatre Belvedere College book tickets
Sat 23 May, 2015 DUBLIN O'Reilly Theatre Belvedere College book tickets
Mon 25 May, 2015 LETTERKENNY An Grianan book tickets
Thur 28 May, 2015 KILKENNY Watergate Theatre book tickets
Sat 30 May, 2015 LIMERICK Lime Tree Theatre book tickets
June 19th-21st 2015
Festival de Musique, Leran, France
Virginia Kerr - Soprano
Penny Chalmers - Soprano
Suzi Saperia - Soprano
Hélène Delalande - Mezzo Soprano
Anthony Mee - Tenor
Owen Gilhooly - Tenor
Gyula Nagy - Baritone
John Forsyth - Guitar
Eloise Urbain - Pianist
July 1st 2015
Anne O’ Byrne and Friends
A concert in aid of Childline and Dublin Simon Community
The Guinness Choir (Director: David Milne)
The Lismorahaun Singers (Director: Archie Simpson)
Anne O’Byrne - Soprano
Norah King - Mezzo Soprano
Owen Gilhooly - Tenor
John Molloy - Bass
David Fisk - Piano
Charles Staples - Piano
Ronan De Burca - Piano
David Agnew - Oboe
Kenneth Edge - Saxophone
Hugh O’Byrne - Percussion
National Concert Hall, Dublin
July 12 2015, 15:30
Summer Festival Of Opera
in association with the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition
Rachel Croash - Soprano
Sarah Shine - Soprano
Gemma ni Bhriain - Mezzo
Owen Gilhooly - Tenor
Padraig Rowan - Bass Baritone
Dearbhla Collins - Piano
Killruddery House and Gardens
July 25th 2015
Music at Midday
Cheryl Enever - Soprano
Owen Gilhooly - Tenor
James Longford - Piano
West Green House, Hampshire, Surrey, UK
October 10th 2015
Defence Forces Anual Gala Concert
Owen Gilhooly - Tenor
Mark Armstrong - Conductor
National Concert Hall, Dublin
October 29th 2015, 20:00
Limerick Lions Club
50th Anniversary Celebrations
The Garda Band
with special guests
Mairead Buicke - Soprano
Owen Gilhooly - Tenor
Aoide - A Choir for All
South Court Hotel, Limerick
Proceeds to Mid-West Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association
Further Details for 2015/16 will be announced soon!
The Aspern Papers / Michael Hurd / Nova Music Opera - George Vass / Ulster Orchestra
'Owen Gilhooly manages to make the unscrupulous Harry Jordan into a believable and indeed sympathetic character' Music Web International / CD of the Month / July 2015
Faust / Everyman Theatre - Cork Operatic Society / March 2015
'A wealth of duets, trios and quartets endorses the magic of the classic tradition, a genre well suited to Owen Gilhooly’s fine Valentin'
The Irish Times
Through his Teeth / Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre / World Premiere - April 2014
'Owen Gilhooly’s devilishly sexy car salesman'
Richard Morrison - The Times
'Owen Gilhooly, as the sociopathic R, manages apparently effortlessly to capture the smooth, convincing fraudster whilst allowing us glimpses of the undercurrents of fear and violence within him.'
Edward Lewis - Classical Source / www.classicalsource.com
'As R, baritone Owen Gilhooly, making his Royal Opera debut, looks the part and sounds it as well; his voice has all the requisite heft'
Colin Clarke - Seen and Heard International - www.seendandheardinternational.com
'Anna Devin as the deluded A, Owen Gilhooly as the mendacious R, and Victoria Simmonds , doubling as A's interviewer and her cannier sister, comprise the excellent cast.'
George Hall - The Guardian / www.theguardian.com
'Owen Gilhooly projects the dangerous charm of R'
Eleanor McFarlane - The Upcoming / www.theupcoming.co.uk
'it makes a compelling 55 minutes of theatre, with Anna Devin and Owen Gilhooly excellent in the main roles.'
Hugo Shirley - The Spectator www.thespectator.co.uk
As the enigmatic Robert, Owen Gilhooly has a solid grasp on his character’s rapidly-shifting moods and reflects them adeptly in his strong performance
Laura Peatman - A Younger Theatre www.ayoungertheatre.com
'Owen Gilhooly manages to combine sexual allure with fanaticism to chilling effect'
Keith McDonnell - What's on Stage www.whatsonstage.com
'Owen Gilhooly plays the devious R with chilling precision – one moment kind and loving, and the next a scheming monster. His opening scene (scene two of the work) is fairly high in the voice, and Gilhooly displays a full range of dynamics, even in this part of the voice. He very effectively plays the part of a man who is playing a part – something which is never easy.'
Levi White - Bachtrack www.bachtrack.com
Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze - Wexford Festival Opera / November 2013
'Owen Gilhooly made a strong impression as Emilio, managing to be both menacing and sympathetic at the same time'
Opera Today / www.operatoday.com/ November 2013
'Owen Gilhooly effectively captured the exaggerated macho attitude of the “big nose” Emilio'
Das Opernglas / www.operalively.com/ December 2013
Le Nozze di Figaro - Lismore Music Festival / August 2013
'The sharpest focus in this production was on Owen Gilhooly's Count Almaviva, really concentrated, scary and sympathetic at the same time, as goings on at his country retreat, Alma Aguas Frescas, spin out of control; his aria 'Verdro mentr'io sospiro' suddenly became a dark and telling pendant to the Countess's complaints'
Robert Thicknesse - Opera Now / www.rhinegold.co.uk/magazines/opera_now/ August 2013
'Owen Gilhooly was a fine Count, striking just the right balance of arrogance and foolishness and emerging as very human'
Brian Kellow - Opera News / www.operanews.com/ August 2013
Curlew River - Nova Music Opera / St. John's, Smith Square / August 2013
'the three main characters - Madwoman, Ferryman and Traveller - the three protagonists being quite magnificently sung by Mark Milhofer, Owen Gilhooly and Christopher Foster respectively.'
Robert Matthew Walker - Musical Opinion / www.musicalopinion.com / January 2014
'Owen Gilhooly’s Ferryman was just as fine – bracingly robust and almost denying the role its mythic status, thus making it all the stronger. From his heartless mimicking of the Madwoman’s keening to his astutely observed growing sympathy for her, Gilhooly’s performance had a vivid presence, with singing of unflagging perception and energy.'
Peter Reed - Classical Source / www.classicalsource.com / August 2013
Hagar in the Wilderness - Sally Beamish - Nova Music Opera / Presteigne Festival / August 2013
'and sung with stentorian power by Owen Gilhooly as the overbearing Abraham'
Hereford Times / www.herefordtimes.com / August 2013
'There was some fine singing.. Owen Gilhooly gave sterling support as Abraham'
Opera / www.opera.co.uk / November 2013
'baritone Owen Gilhooly also showed an excellent smooth technique and an ability to vary mood'
Opera Scotland / www.operascotland.org / November 2013
Carmen - Opera Theatre Company / May 2013
'From the entry of Escamillo in Act Two, however, a spark lights in the production. A pumped-up Owen Gilhooly, clearly enjoying himself immensely, delivers the famous 'Toreador Song' with infectious swagger – you can almost see his bullish self-confidence rubbing off instantly on the other performers'
Irish Theatre Magazine / www.irishtheatremagazine.ie / May 2013
The Maiden in the Tower / Kashchei the Immortal - Buxton Festival / July 2012
'The best singing comes from the baritone Owen Gilhooly as the Bailiff’s Son and as Ivan, the lover in “Kashchei.”'
The New York Times / www.nytimes.com / July 2012
'Kate Ladner was an affecting maiden in both works, Richard Berkeley-Steele reliable first as her lover then as Kashchei, and Owen Gilhooly impressive, respectively, as her captor and boyfriend.'
The Telegraph / www.thetelegraph.co.uk / July 2012
"The cast work hard in both pieces, hurling themselves at consistently challenging vocal writing... Owen Gilhooly turns effortlessly from the villain of the first opera to the hero of the second.'
The Guardian / www.guardian.co.uk / July 2012
'there is some engaging singing, notably from Kate Ladner’s Maiden and Princess, and Owen Gilhooly’s Bailiff and Ivan the Illustrious.'
The Times / www.thetimes.co.uk / July 2012
'Lawless has assembled an outstanding cast in terms of singing and characterisation. The Australian soprano Kate Ladner (Maiden/Princess) has a glorious voice. Richard Berkeley-Steele (Lover/Kashchkei), Owen Gilhooly (Bailiff’s son/Ivan) and Emma Selway (Governess/ Kashchei’s Daughter) manage their contrasting roles assuredly.'
The Arts Desk / www.artsdesk.com / July 2012
' ..and Owen Gilhooly properly unpleasant as the bullying brat. Gilhooly then swaps to being the heroic rescuer, Prince Ivan, in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, releasing the princess from the clutches of the evil wizard and his cold-hearted daughter with the help of the storm wind.'
The Stage / www.thestage.co.uk / July 2012
'The music is terrific – vintage mainstream Sibelius – superbly played as usual by the Northern Chamber Orchestra under Stuart Stratford, and very well sung, particularly by the maiden, Kate Ladner and the bailiff’s son, Owen Gilhooly.'
Notes from Middle England / www.notesfrommiddleengland.blogspot.co.uk / July 2012
'Gilhooly was very believable as the selfish bully.... and was suitably heroic as Ivan, unusually Rimsky Korsakov casts the hero as a baritone rather than a tenor.'
Planet Hugill Blogspot / www.hugill.blogspot.co.uk/ July 2012
'The performances in this production were simply marvellous across the board, the five main singers - Kate Ladner, Emma Selway, Richard Berkeley-Steele, Robert Poulton and Owen Gilhooly - equally strong, alive to the possibilities within these enhanced characters, giving them perfect expression in the singing and in the acting'
Opera Journal / www.filmjournal.net/ July 2012
'Irish singer Owen Gilhooly, whom I saw two years ago in Wexford and this year at Lismore Music festival had principal roles in both stories. A baddie in one and a hero in the other. He was magnificent in both.'
Munster Express/ www.munster-express.ie / August 2012
A Sea Symphony - Philharmonia Orchestra - Three Choirs Festival - July 2012
'...the nocturnal Largo (melliflously sung by Gilhooly)..'
Birmingham Post / www.birminghampost.net / July 2012
'Soloists Ailish Tynan and Owen Gilhooly rode the waves of this massive seascape with imposing confidence.'
Hereford Times/ www.herefordtimes.com / August 2012
The Magic Flute / Opera Theatre Company / November 2011 - February 2012
'While all three were always potential scene-stealers, the clear leader in this department is Owen Gilhooly as Papageno. Never straying into slapstick, always vividly inhabiting the opera’s most human and sympathetic character, Gilhooly matched his fine comic timing and presence with his customarily refined singing'
The Irish Times / www.irishtimes.com / November 2011
'there are several well-characterised interpretations, not least Owen Gilhooly's excellent Papageno'
Irish Independent / www.independent.ie/ November 2011
"Owen Gilhooly's bumptious bird-man is hugely engaging and strongly sung."
The Sunday Times / www.sundayindependent.co.uk / November 2011
'As the love-lorn bird-catcher Papageno, Tamino’s comic alter-ego, Limerick baritone Owen Gilhooly gave a charmingly enacted, solidly sung performance'
Irish Theatre Magazine / www.irishtheatremagazine.ie/ November 2011
'Owen Gilhooly is a splendidly voiced Papageno'
The Mail on Sunday / www.ani.ie / December 2011
'it is Owen Gilhooly who steals the show as Papageno. The adventure’s comic relief, Gilhooly manages to render the role as a solid character, rather than a simple archetype. He is, very clearly, the fool in this grand drama, but he’s also the most human of those involved. It’s Gilhooly more than his colleagues who manages to establish an emotional connection with the audience'
The Movieblog.com / www.themOvieblog.com / February 2012
The hilarious Papageno was played by Limerick man Owen Gilhooly. The baritone shone during the companies performance, his stage craft phenomenal and his voice controlled and exceedingly powerful, Gilhooly should be noted for his enthusiasm and dedication to his role.
Guide2Dublin / www.guide2dublin.com / February 2012
'Papageno (charmingly sung and acted by Owen Gilhooly) remains a fertile source of amusement, his yearning for a partner is made real and palpable, his contemplated suicide far from idle jesting.'
Opera Britannia / www.opera-britannia.com / February 2012
Frederick May: Sunlight and Shadow / National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland / Houlihan
' baritone Owen Gilhooly sings powerfully without ever losing vocal agility or precision on the standout Songs from Prison.'
The Journal of Music / www.journalofmusic.com / January 2012
'May's brooding Songs from Prison from 1941 impressed in Owen Gilhooly's intense rendition'
BBC Music Magazine / www.classical-music.com / February 2012
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