Northern Irish mezzo-soprano Dawn Burns 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 under the tutelage of Suzanne Murphy. Dawn is currently a Studio Artist at NI Opera.
Most 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 earlier in this year performed the role of Ino in their production of Semele. She played the role of Nancy in Burry Port Opera’s Martha this year, and played the role of Narciso in a touring production of Handel’s Agrippina with Opera Collective Ireland.
Dawn has previously worked with 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 Dutchman, L’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, and she has been featured as a guest on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 3.
"In a strong cast... mezzo Dawn Burns as Minskwoman stood out for me as a young singer to watch"