Noragh Devlin, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Noragh Devlin has been called “gifted” by Opera News, and praised for her “powerful, rangy mezzo-soprano” by the New York Times. Ms. Devlin is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she was the recipient of the Mae Zenke Orvis Opera Scholarship and the Hugo Ross Award “for a singer of unusual promise”. Ms. Devlin been featured as an Artist-in-Residence with Dayton Opera, Apprentice Artist at Caramoor, a Vocal Fellow at Music Academy of the West, a full Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School, an Advanced Artist at the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program, and an Emerging Artist with Operaworks. Previous operatic credits include Il barbiere di Siviglia (Berta) with Dayton Opera; Sir John in Love (Mistress Quickly) with Bronx Opera; Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature (Elder Constance) and The Bartered Bride (Hata cover) with Music Academy of the West, Roméo et Juliette (Gertrude) with the Aspen Music Festival and School; The Dangerous Liaisons (Madame de Rosemonde), Luisa Miller (Federica), Albert Herring (Florence Pike), Mahler's Symphony No.8 (Maria Aegyptiaca), Die Zauberflöte (Zweite Dame), Thomson’s The Mother of Us All (Susan B. Anthony), I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Romeo) and Orphée aux enfers (L'Opinion Publique and Junon) with the Manhattan School of Music. She is a Metropolitan Opera National Council New Orleans District winner, and a Encouragement Award Winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Gulf Coast Regionals. In the summer of 2018, Ms. Devlin returned to the Aspen Music Festival to sing the roles of Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia and The Voice of Antonia's Mother in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, along with Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony with the American Academy Orchestra. Her 2018-2019 season includes performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Pirates of Penzance, The Ghosts of Versailles, and a position as a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival.
Along with her operatic pursuits, Ms. Devlin has always been dedicated to art song. In2013 and 2014, Ms. Devlin participated in the famed Franz Schubert Institute in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria. There, she participated in masterclasses with Christa Ludwig, Helmut Deutsch,
Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles, Elly Ameling, and Rudolph Jansen. In 2015, she was named first prize winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition, and as a result, she had the opportunity to perform Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony in 2016. In 2016, she was also named a finalist in the Gerda Lissner Song Competition. In 2017, she was invited to participate in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues workshop, where she
participated in masterclasses and coachings with Marilyn Horne, Warren Jones and Ken Noda.
Ms. Devlin has also had the great pleasure of recording three commercial CDs. She was featuredas Susan B. Anthony, the lead role, in the Manhattan School of Music’s recording of Thomson’s The Mother of Us All, produced by Albany Records. Also with Albany Records, she sang the role of Madame de Rosemonde in Conrad Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons. In 2016, she wasfeatured on the CD, Music From a Higher Sphere, as a mezzo soloist in the recording of David
Brigg’s organ transcription of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8.