Dawn Burns




Northern Irish mezzo-soprano Dawn Burns is currently an artist on the NI Opera Studio Artist Programme. She is a former winner of the NI Opera Festival of Voice competition and a recipient of the BBC NI / ACNI Young Musicians’ Platform Award. Dawn trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she was supported by the Leverhulme Trust.  She graduated with a Distinction from the MA Opera course, and studies with Suzanne Murphy and Kathryn Harries.

Recently, Dawn covered the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte at NI Opera. She is a former Young Artist at Mid Wales Opera, and last year performed the role of Ino in their production of Semele.  She played the role of Nancy in Burry Port Opera’s Martha, and the role of Narciso in a touring production of Handel’s Agrippina with Opera Collective Ireland.

Dawn’s upcoming engagements include performing the title role in Greg Caffrey’s children’s opera The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse. The performance will take place in Belfast next month.

Dawn has previously worked with the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company (The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Princess Ida), Scottish Opera (The Mikado), Grange Park Opera (Peter Grimes, The Queen of Spades), Opera Holland Park (Aïda, Lakmé, L’amore dei tre Re) and NI Opera (The Flying DutchmanL’Elisir D’Amore, Turandot). Her other roles include Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Minskwoman (Flight), Ida (Die Fledermaus), Dido (Dido and Aeneas).

Dawn’s concert highlights include performances with the Ulster Orchestra, the BBC Proms and the National Chorus of Wales. Dawn’s radio appearances include BBC Radio 3 In Tune, BBC Radio Ulster Classical Connections and The Arts Show.

"In a strong cast... mezzo Dawn Burns as Minskwoman stood out for me as a young singer to watch"

Wales Arts Review


May 2018

27 May Pamplemousse (The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse) Ulster Museum, Belfast

April 2018

28 April Handel Messiah - Slough Philharmonic St Bernard's Langley
14 April Mozart Requiem Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff

March 2018

30 March Stanford Requiem (Tenebrae service) The Portico of Ards, Portaferry
10 March Little Lullabies NI Opera, Belfast

February 2018

3 February Masterclass with Sir Thomas Allen The Portico of Ards, Portaferry

January 2018

10 January Out to Lunch Festival - NI Opera Studio Artists Black Box, Belfast, 1:00pm


11 December Midnight Vanities - an evening of songs from the Jazz Age and the Threepenny Opera Lyric Theatre, Belfast
13 December NI Opera Studio Artists - Christmas Concert Rosemary Street Church, Belfast, 1:15pm
14 December Midnight Vanities - an evening of songs from the Jazz Age and the Threepenny Opera Supper Club, Newry
15 December Midnight Vanities - an evening of songs from the Jazz Age and the Threepenny Opera Nerve Centre, Londonderry

November 2017

27 November Noël, Noël! Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea

October 2017

11 October Newry Chamber Music Recital Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
25, 27 & 28 October Nancy (Martha) - Burry Port Opera Burry Port

June 2017

14 June Britten Canticles - Cardiff Singer of the World fringe event Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff

March 2017

4 March Ino (Semele) - Mid Wales Opera Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

February 2017

8 -11 February Ino (Semele) - Mid Wales Opera Richard Burton Theatre, Cardiff
18 February Ino (Semele) - Mid Wales Opera Hafren, Newtown
23 February Ino (Semele) - Mid Wales Opera Ffwrnes, Llanelli
27 February Ino (Semele) - Mid Wales Opera Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay

September 2016

1 - 4 September Von Sasser (The Butt) Vienna

July 2016

22 - 23 July Lizzie (Lizzie Strata) Stanton St John, Oxfordshire

June 2016

29 June - 2 July The Mikado (chorus) Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
22- 25 May The Mikado (chorus) Hippodrome, Bristol
15 - 18 May The Mikado (chorus) Theatre Royal, Newcastle
9 - 11 May The Mikado (chorus) Grand Opera House, Belfast
1 - 5 May The Mikado (chorus) Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

May 2016

26 - 28 May The Mikado (chorus) His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
18 - 21 May The Mikado (chorus) Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

December 2015

15 December ACNI BBC NI Young Musicians' Platform Award performance Chaussée d'Etterbeek, Brussels

October - November 2015

30 & 31 October & 1 November 2015 Turandot (chorus) Grand Opera House, Belfast

September 2015

8 September Narciso (Agrippina) Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
10 September Narciso (Agrippina) Black Box Theatre, Galway
12 & 13 September Narciso (Agrippina) O'Reilly Theatre, Dublin
19 September Narciso (Agrippina) Marketplace Theatre, Armagh