Bio

Northern Irish baritone Brian McAlea graduated from the University of Oxford where he read Music and sang as a Choral Scholar with the Choir of New College. He subsequently won a scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with Robert Dean.

Brian is a regular concert soloist and recitalist. Notable highlights include: Handel’s Messiah (Instruments of Time and Truth/Edward Higginbottom; Irish Baroque Orchestra/Peter Whelan); Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Oxford Early Music Festival/Daniel Hyde); Haydn’s The Creation and Mozart’s Requiem (Oxford Orpheus/Robert Dean); Bach’s St John Passion (The Oxford Bach Soloists/Tom Hammond-Davies); and Wood’s St Mark Passion (Charles Wood Festival & Summer School/David Hill)

Opera companies Brian has worked for include Longborough Festival Opera, singing the role of Liberto in Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea for the 2018 Young Artist Programme; Nevill Holt Opera, where he returned earlier this summer to cover the role of Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; Northern Ireland Opera, singing the role of Tobias Mill in Rossini's La cambiale di matrimonio for their StudioThe Grange Festival, covering the role of Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen; Sestina, singing the role of Aeneas in Purcell's Dido & Aeneas; New Chamber Opera; and Barefoot Opera.

Brian has also performed with some of the country's most notable ensembles including the Gabrieli Consort, the Choir of the Age of Enlightenment, the Dunedin Consort, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Chamber Choir Ireland and is a founding member of Northern Ireland’s award-winning ensemble, Sestina.

A detailed CV is available on request.