After studying at the DIT College of Music, Dublin with Nancy Calthorpe and Trudi Carberry and having been a recipient of numerous prestigious vocal awards culminating in the Feis Ceoil Gervase Elwes overall Vocal Award , Colette won a scholarship to study in Trinity College of Music London with Valerie Masterson OBE.Colette was accepted into Glyndebourne Opera Company and was awarded the Erich Vietheer prize for most promising young Glyndebourne artist. Colette has performed in Glyndebourne on many occasions since making her debut, most notably Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro;La Clemenza di Tito and Lulu including a BBC Proms performance.Other roles include Esmeralda The Bartered Bride (Royal Opera House) with Bernard Haitink. She has sung many roles for Opera North and at Aix-en-Provence Festival, France, Stella A Streetcar Named Desire Opera Ireland, Countess Le Nozze di Figaro Lyric Opera and Despina Cosi fan Tutte and Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro Opera Theatre Company.
Colette performs extensively at home and internationally on the concert platform. Recent engagements include Handel’s Messiah in Doha Qatar, Brahms ‘Requiem’ in London, a broadcast of Mozart’s Requiem, a 1916 Recital for Lyric FM featuring the compositions of Anne-Marie O’Farrell and a performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. She was guest soloist for the National Day of Commemoration (RTE live broadcast) with the President and Taoiseach in attendance in 2014 and 2016.Colette has a busy recital schedule including NCH John Field Room and Bobbio , Italy in 2017.
Áine has worked with many of Ireland’s top ensembles including the National Chamber Choir, Opera Ireland and the RTE Concert Orchestra and has recorded with New World Records and the Signum Classics record labels. She has performed principal roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, Alcina, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, The Tender Land and Peter Grimes. Oratorio work includes Copland’s In the Beginning, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Saint-Saen’s Christmas Oratorio, and Durufle’s Requiem. She holds a Masters in Music Performance from the Petrie School of Music, USA, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the area of Irish Art Song and the Literary Revival.
Andrew completed his Masters in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2016, achieving First Class Honours under the tuition of Mary Brennan. He also holds a First Class Honours degree in English Literature from National University of Ireland, Maynooth and an M. Phil in Children’s Literature from Trinity College, Dublin. Upcoming engagements include Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Liszt’s Coronation Mass with Our Lady’s Choral Society and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Schubert: Dreaming the Sublime series at the Kilkenny Arts Festival and at the Wexford Festival Opera Andrew will perform songs by Thomas Moore in two recitals with Una Hunt, and the role of Bob Doran in the world premiere of Andrew Synnott’s setting of The Boarding House from James Joyce’s Dubliners. This opera will be a co-production with Opera Theatre Company, and will tour to Dublin after the festival finishes in November.
David Howes is a Baritone from Limerick where he studied with Olive Cowpar. He then moved on to the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where he completed the Bachelor of Music degree with 1st class honours. David now studies with Robert Dean and is currently on the prestigious Young Artist Programme with Northern Ireland Opera.
Highlights in oratorio include: Haydn’s The Creation with Chorus Ireland, Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass in C, and Handel's Messiah with Dun Laoghaire Choral Society.
Highlights in Opera include: Count Ceprano in Rigoletto (OTC, Dublin), Figaro in le nozze di Figaro (DIT), Sciarrone (Tosca), 2nd Archer (le pre aux clerc) and Soldier 1 in the European Premiere of Silent Night all for the Wexford Opera Festival, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Yorke Trust, Norfolk), and Marchese d'Obigny in La traviata for Lyric Opera, Dublin.
David has covered the Title Role and Masetto in Don Giovanni for NI Opera. Future engagements include: Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte with Northern Ireland Opera and Jack in Andrew Synott’s New The Dubliners with the Wexford Opera Festival.