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about me

Hello, thank you for visiting my website.


My name is Deirdre Arratoon. I’m an Irish Mezzo-Soprano now living in sunny South East England. I started my journey into the world of classical singing and opera performance about 10 years ago although my life has been music and singing since age 6! The journey into the world of professional singing is immense and ongoing - full of highs and lows. It has also been personally enriching.


Before beginning my studies as a Mezzo-Soprano I performed as a soprano. It wasn’t until mid- way through the Covid pandemic that I discovered my Mezzo-Soprano voice. In that short time I have been invited to audition for English National Opera, The Royal Opera House and Wexford Festival Opera, amongst other UK and Irish opera companies.  I'm having a great time discovering fantastic new roles, song and learning the 'other' female voice part in well known sacred works such as Handel's Messiah. I'm happy and very grateful to have lots of exciting performances to look forward to in 2023. Please follow along with me to discover what I'm up to next!

Deirdre

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biography

Rising Irish Mezzo-Soprano Deirdre Arratoon, known for her voice that is ‘Velvety, rich and full of expression’ has an exciting year of performances scheduled. Deirdre will bring her newest role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte to the Vienna Opera Festival with the Wiener Festspiele Orchestra and make her debut in Verdi’s Requiem at Arundel Cathedral, West Sussex, UK as the Mezzo Soprano soloist. During the summer Deirdre will sing with The Grange Festival for their 2022 season. From September she will join Wexford Festival Opera as a Factory Artist
where she will be tutored by some of the most celebrated professionals in opera today. As part of their 2022 season, Deirdre will also debut the role of ‘Fairy’ in Wexford Festival Opera’s production of Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella. This will also be her house debut.

 

Deirdre, formally a lyric soprano has sung for a number of roles which include Cathleen/Riders to the Sea, Patricia/Ava’s Wedding (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) Pamina/Die Zauberflöte (Lyric Opera Weimar, Germany), Adina/The Elixir of Love, Flora/La Traviata (New Sussex Opera) Zerlina/Don Giovanni (Rogue Opera). Deirdre has also sung with Glyndebourne Opera chorus in their productions of La Traviata, Don Pasquale, La Clemenza di Tito and Hamlet. Deirdre has performed as a soloist for choral societies and orchestras in the UK and Ireland including The National Garda Band, Eroica Camerata, Wolverhampton Sinfonia, Peagus Orchestra and Arun Sinfonia. Concert performances include alto soloist for Pergolesi’s Stabet Mater, Zelenka’s Miserere with Arun Choral Society/Sinfonia of Arun. As soprano soloist, Deirdre has sung Handel’s Messiah with Choir of St. Mary’s Maldon/Pegasus Orchestra, Beethoven 9, Eroica Camerata, Birmingham and Vivaldi’s Gloria with City of Wolverhampton Choir and Sinfonia.

 

After completing a 1st Class BA in Music at National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Deirdre was accepted to study with scholarship as postgraduate student at the Royal BirminghamConservatoire. During her time there competition prizes included The Ashleyan Opera prize, The Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize and second prize in the the Edward Brooks English Song competition. During those years Deirdre had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with Irish soprano Celine Byrne (National Concert Hall, Ireland) Thomas Allen, London Song Festival) Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Della Jones, Roderick Williams and Rosemary Joshua to name but a few. Within six months of graduating from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Deirdre was contracted to join Glyndebourne Opera for their 2017 festival and tour.


During the Covid pandemic, Deirdre’s voice grew. She was guided by her team to make the transition to lyric Mezzo-Soprano. Since then Deirdre has auditioned for The Royal Opera House and English National Opera. Deirdre’s current operatic repertoire includes Dorabella/Cosi fan tutte, Sesto/La Clemenza di Tito, Charlotte/Werther, Minsk-woman/Flight and Adalgisa/Norma.

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