iliAmi Hewitt is a graduate of the BMusEd degree in DIT conservatory of music and drama and Trinity College Dublin. During her studies she majored in vocal performance working with her teacher Colette McGahon-Tosh and repetiteur Mary Scarlett, and continues working with Colette and Aoife O’Sullivan in DIT. Ami has participated in masterclasses with Paul McNamara, Patricia Bardon, and Orla Boylan. She also worked with Ailish Tynan during her time as a young artist at Clandeboye festival with Camerata Ireland, and with Ingrid Surgenor, Katherine Harries, Simon Lepper and director Walter Sutcliffe as a finalist in Northern Ireland Opera’s festival of voice. Oratorio appearances including Jenkins’ The Armed Man and Rutter’s Gloria with Our Ladies Choral Society and Dublin Brass ensemble. She has performed in a number of Opera gala concerts, including Glasthule opera gala with the Glasthule orchestra conducted by David Brophy. Irish National Opera invited Ami to sing the role of ‘Dew fairy’ (Hansel and Grettle) in The Young Artist showcase with the RTE concert orchestra in Bord Gáis Energy Theatre while working with them as a chorus member for their production of ‘Aida’ last year. This season she has featured in the INO chorus for their productions of ‘Madama Butterfly’ and ‘The Magic Flute’. Awards and bursaries include The Kennedy award for outstanding performance at Arklow music festival, The Lieder monetary prize and other first prize awards in Sligo feis ceol, and most recently the Individual Artist Bursary award and Anette Halpin Music Award from South Dublin County Council.
Oisín Ó Dálaigh is a young tenor studying under Stephen Wallace in the Conservatory of Music and Drama. Oisín has a first class honours degree from the conservatory and with the opera ensemble therein has performed as Don Curzio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, as the first elder in the conservatory’s adaptation of Handel’s oratorio Susanna, and most recently as Phillipe d’Aguilar in Michael William Balfe’s operetta The Sleeping Queen. Other roles include Goro in Pucinni’s Madama Butterfly, Monostatos in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Francesco in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, Normanno and Arturo in Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lamermoor. Oisín’s chorus engagements comprise a multitude of operas with Wide Open Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Irish National Opera, Lismore/Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, Norfolk Opera Festival, and North Dublin Opera. Oisín is delighted to be singing in Boyle Arts Festival 2019 among musicians of such high calibre and hopes you enjoy the performances.