Dawn Burns




Northern Irish mezzo-soprano Dawn Burns is a former winner of the NI Opera Festival of Voice competition and 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 a former Young Artist at Mid Wales Opera, and recently performed the role of Ino in their production of Semele.  She played the role of Narciso in a touring production of Handel’s Agrippina with Opera Collective Ireland and NI Opera, and last year created the role of Von Sasser in a new opera entitled The Butt with Selfmade Music.

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 DutchmanL’Elisir D’Amore, Turandot). Her other roles include Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte RWCMD), Minskwoman (Flight RWCMD), Ida (Die Fledermaus RWCMD), Dido (Dido and Aeneas Opera’r Ddraig).

Dawn’s concert highlights include performances with the Ulster Orchestra, the BBC Proms and the National Chorus of Wales, and she has been featured on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 3.

Take a look at Dawn’s CV

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

Wales Arts Review


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

November 2015

20 November Private conference performance La Mon, Belfast

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

July - August 2015

June 24 - July 24 Aïda (chorus) Opera Holland Park
9 - 31 July Lakmé (chorus) Opera Holland Park
22 July - 1 August L'amore dei tre Re (chorus) Opera Holland Park

April 2015

1 & 2 April Florence (Albert Herring) RWCMD

March 2015

17 March St Patrick's Day Celebration concert (soloist) The MAC, Belfast

February 2015

24 February Ulster Orchestra concert soloist (BBC NI / ACNI Young Musicians' Platform Award) Ulster Hall, Belfast