Northern Irish mezzo-soprano Dawn Burns is a former NI Opera Studio Artist. She is a past 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, studying with Suzanne Murphy and Kathryn Harries.
Future opera engagements include Ida in Die Fledermaus for NI Opera in the Autumn. Recent roles include Theodorine L’Île de Tulipatan (NI Opera), Clarina in La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Tinderbox Theatre and NI Opera), Dorabella in The School for Lovers (NI Opera), and ensemble in Sweeney Todd (Lyric Theatre Belfast and NI Opera). Dawn is a former Young Artist at Mid Wales Opera, and performed the role of Ino in their production of Semele and covered Mercedes in Carmen. She played the role of Nancy in Burry Port Opera’s Martha, and Narciso in Handel’s Agrippina with Opera Collective Ireland.
Dawn has worked in the chorus at Irish National Opera (Aïda), 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 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, BBC Proms and the National Chorus of Wales. Her radio appearances include BBC Radio 3 In Tune, BBC Radio Ulster Classical Connections and The Arts Show.
Alongside her work as a performer, Dawn teaches singing in Belfast. If you’re interested in chatting about lessons, please do get in touch.
"In a strong cast... mezzo Dawn Burns as Minskwoman stood out for me as a young singer to watch"