A rich, radiant voice, expansive range and dynamic stage presence are Tara Erraught’s hallmarks. Her extensive repertoire includes, Mozart, Rossini, Strauss, Bellini, Dvorak, Gounod and Händel as well as contemporary composers. A native of Dundalk, Ireland, she is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. From 2008 on she was a member of the studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper, where she joined the ensemble in 2010 until 2018. Erraught frequently works with famed German mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender, expanding her Lied and Opera repertoire.
She starts the season 2020/21 with Niklausse/Muse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera New York and will return to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Kathleen Scott in Srnka’ South Pole, where she will also sing Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel. As Romeo in a concert performance of I Capuleti e i Montecchi with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester she will show her versatility and at Oper Köln she will sing Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Recitals and concerts will lead her to Munich, Dublin and the Schubertiade in Hohenems.
In the 2019/20 season Ms. Erraught delighted audiences as Hänsel at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Wiener Staatsoper, Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) at Staatsoper Hamburg and Angelina (La Cenerentola) at the Irish National Opera in Dublin. Recitals led her to the Wigmore Hall in London, Munich, Barcelona and Eppan and she sang concerts with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the baton of Herbert Blomstedt and the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Simone Young.
Recent season highlights include Niklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) at the Metropolitan Opera, Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Angelina (La Cenerentola) at the Munich Opera Festival and Annius (La Clemenza di Tito) together with Joyce DiDonato and Rolando Villazon and conducted by Yannik Nézet-Séguin at the festival in Baden-Baden. Tara Erraught made 47 role debuts with the Bayerische Staatsoper, including Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Hänsel, Despina, Orlofsky, Sesto, Romeo, Kathleen Scott in the successful world premiere of Srnka’s South Pole and Komponist in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. She made her triumphant US-debut at Washington National Opera as Angelina (La Cenerentola) and was a guest at Staatsoper Hamburg both as Rosina and Angelina. At the Theater an der Wien she performed in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s A Harlot’s Progress and made her role debut as Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) at Glyndebourne Festival and the BBC Proms. Aside from Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) she sang in the new production of La Cenerentola at the Wiener Staatsoper, earning accolades from the Frankfurter Allgemeine as the “New Queen of Belcanto”. She made her debut with the Salzburg Festival in 2016 as Siebel in Gounod’s Faust. Tara Erraught can be seen on DVD in the title role of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier on the Opus Arte label.
Past recital and orchestral performances include engagements at the Schubertiade, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin and at Wigmore Hall in London. In the USA and Canada she has performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, with the Vancouver Recital Society, the Savannah Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She has furthermore performed with the Orchestre National de Lyon, at Tokyo Opera Nomori, in Dublin’s National Concert Hall and at the Wexford Festival.