Irish Canadian soprano, Sinéad Sugrue, is the embodiment of rising young opera talent. “All fresh of voice and presentation” (Classical 96.3 FM), Sinéad continues to make her mark on the operatic and concert stage alike. With an innate sense of musicality, Sinéad has brought to life some of the most famous leading soprano operatic roles: Donna Anna (DON GIOVANNI), Violetta (LA TRAVIATA), Mimi (LA BOHÈME), Nedda (PAGLIACCI), Lucia (LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR), Rosina (IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA), Adele (DIE FLEDERMAUS), Baby Doe (THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE), Die Königin der Nacht (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE) and Susanna (THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO). Her ability to connect to the emotional core of the characters she portrays and convey that feeling to the audience makes Sinéad an all-round performer and an audience favourite. “The range of emotion that weaved through soprano Sinéad Sugrue’s performance of 'Qui la voce', the longing, the heartbreak, the hint of madness in her laughter, was easily evident; no interpreter required.” (Ontario Arts Review)
Equally at home on the concert stage, Sinéad has enjoyed many opportunities to express her passion for a wide range of musical styles. Performances with the National Arts Orchestra in Ottawa (including educational concerts for children and young adults), Symphony Hamilton, The Oakville Symphony Orchestra, York Symphony Orchestra, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, WISH OPERA orchestra, Counterpoint Community Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra have showcased her natural flair for Operatic repertoire. Sinéad has appeared in numerous venues with the Brott Music Festival, proving her versatility in styles as varied as Broadway, Musical Theatre, Operetta and Opera. A fine interpreter of sacred music and Oratorio, Sinéad has performed Mozart’s Requiem and Exultate Jubilate, Salieri’s Emperor’s Mass, and Handel’s Messiah with “a truly remarkable voice” (Oakville Today). She continues to add to her repertoire of music by exploring the genres of traditional Spirituals and Gospel in both solo performances and conducting positions.
In the 2010/2011 season, Sinéad will return again to the Brott Music Festival, later in the season she will perform the roles of Mimi (LA BOHÈME) and Lucia (LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR), and in February she will be the soprano soloist for Mozart’s Requiem under the baton of Jurgen Petrenko.
Sinéad continues her vocal development studies with her mentor and coach, Ermanno Mauro. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and an Advanced Diploma in Voice from the Glenn Gould Professional School. In 2003, she was the first place winner of the prestigious Christina & Louis Quilico Award from the Ontario Arts Foundation.