Winner of the RAAP/RTÉ Lyric FM Classical Breakthrough Music Bursary, and an Artistic Partner of Irish National Opera, Irish mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music Dublin, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna, and an alumna of the Opernstudio programme at Oper Frankfurt. Her roles at Oper Frankfurt have included Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Tebaldo (Don Carlo), Aloes (L’Etoile), Flora (La Traviata), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), and the title role in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (2013) —a role debut which was lauded as ‘quite simply sensational’ by critics. In 2014, she created the title role of Oscar in the world premiere of Oscar und die Dame in Rosa at Theater Freiburg, described by the Stuttgarter Zeitung as a ‘young, agile, bright and round first-class Mezzo’. July 2017 saw her create the role of Amy in the Fedora Prize award-winning production of Donnacha Dennehy’s and Enda Walsh’s “The Second Violinist”. Her other opera repertoire includes many of the important lyric mezzo-soprano roles, such as Cherubino, Ariodante, Hansel, Dorabella, Sesto and Flora for companies such as Landestheater Linz, Opera Theatre Company, The Ministry of Operatic Affairs, Opera Collective Ireland, Theater Freiburg, Theater Erfurt and the NDR Radiophilharmonie.
Sharon also enjoys a busy concert schedule of chamber music, lieder and oratorio with numerous ensembles and orchestras at home and abroad. Recent concert appearances have included Durufle Requiem with the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Messiah with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Great Mass in c minor at Osnabrück Cathedral and St.Matthew Passion at the Jacobikirche, Hamburg. The 2017/2018 season includes debuts in Moscow with Musica Viva, Amsterdam with the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, tours of Ireland with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and a role debut as Orfeo in a new production of Orfeo ed Euridice at the GIAF with Irish National Opera. This season saw the DVD release of La Traviata live in Hannover with the NDR Radiophilharmonie conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson, and the CD release of Gilbert and Cellier’s The Mountebanks with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by John Andrews is planned for early 2018.
Sharon is extremely grateful to RAAP, RTÉ Lyric FM, The Arts Council of Ireland, and Music Network for supporting her performing career.