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 currently supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Exitex Ltd.
Opera companies Brian has worked for include Longborough Festival Opera, where he will return to sing the role of Endymione/La Calisto in July, having sung the role of Liberto/L'incoronazione di Poppea in 2018; Nevill Holt Opera, returning to sing the role of Starveling/A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Northern Ireland Opera, singing the role of Tobias Mill in Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio for their Studio; The 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 is a regular concert soloist and recitalist. Notable highlights include Handel’s Messiah (Irish Baroque Orchestra/Peter Whelan; Instruments of Time and Truth/Edward Higginbottom); Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Oxford Early Music Festival/Daniel Hyde); Mozart’s Requiem (The Ulster Orchestra/The City of Derry International Choral Festival); Haydn’s The Creation (Oxford Orpheus/Robert Dean); and Bach’s St John Passion (Sestina/East Cork Early Music Festival).
Brian has also performed with some of the most notable ensembles in the UK and Ireland 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.