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 the world premier of Greg Caffrey’s children’s opera The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse, as well as performances of Stanford’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah across the country.
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 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. 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"