Regarded as one of Ireland’s finest sopranos, Sylvia O'Brien has impressed audiences in opera, oratorio and chamber music. Recently returned to live in Ireland, Sylvia is a regular guest with some of the main orchestras, chamber ensembles and festivals throughout Europe with a repertoire that includes Chausson, Berlioz, Mozart, Bach, Verdi, Shostakovich and Wagner and the lighter repertoire of Strauss, Lehar, Novello and Gilbert and Sullivan. She has worked with such noted conductors as Michael Roswell, Nicholas Cleobury, Alan Pierson, Philippe Jordan and Stefan Asbury. Her specialist vocal and interpretative skills have established her as an important performer of contemporary music having performed numerous international premieres as well as many composers writing works specifically for her voice. Sylvia is a member of the vocal faculty at The Royal Irish Academy of Music and Maynooth University. She is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College Dublin, focusing on Irish vocal music.
Upcoming engagements for 2017 include Rachmaninov songs at the Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin, Villa-Lobos Bachianas No. 5 with Cellos (HLG), Irish Female composers concert (Royal Irish Academy of Music) and guest artist at the Barrow River Arts Festival and Killaloe Chamber Music Festival.