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Niall Morris

niall_biois one of Ireland's best-known classical singers.

 

He was born in Dublin and, after a year studying music at Trinity College, won the highest entrance scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He then completed his studies at the National Opera Studio with a scholarship from the Vaughan Williams Trust.

 

Niall's debut role in the professional world of opera was Nemorino (l'Elisir d'Amore) with English Touring Opera which brought him to Sadlers Wells in London and through out the UK. He then created the role of Davey in Jonathan Dove's Siren Song to great acclaim at the Almeida Theatre in London. After a year-long tour with the d'Oyly Carte Opera Company as Ralph Rackstraw (HMS Pinafore) he was chosen by the immensely gifted composer Thomas Ades to create the tenor roles in his debut opera Powder her Face again at the Almeida. The Duchess was played to perfection by the soprano Jill Gomez and the opera was later released on EMI Classics. This recording was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Opera Recording, 2000. Niall revisted the role at the Bremen International Festival of Music in 2006, accompanied by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie.

 

 

Niall has performed roles, such as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Lysander

(Midsummernight's Dream), Fenton (Merry Wives of Windsor), Paris (La Belle Heléne), and Antonio (The Duenna) conducted by Rostropovitch. His career in opera and concert has brought him to France, UK, Germany, Italy and the USA.

 

As a member of the classical cross-over group, The Celtic Tenors, Niall signed an international record contract with EMI Classics and, along with his colleagues, James Nelson and Matthew Gilsenan, achieved world-wide success. In Germany, where the group had a classic number 1 record, the Celtics won the Echo Award for Best Classical Cross-over Stars in 2002. And in the United States, they had their own Coast-to-Coast TV Special on Public Television. Niall's performance of Love of My Life, the Freddie Mercury ballad, recorded in Abbey Road and produced by the legendary Mike Moran, has received particular critical acclaim.

 

Recently, Niall has been making a name for himself as a writer for various publications including the Sunday Independent.

 

Visit Niall's Website to read his articles.