Northern Irish baritone Brian McAlea read music at the University of Oxford and sang with the Choir of New College. He subsequently won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied under Robert Dean and graduated with Distinction. He won the Audience Prize at NI Opera’s Glenarm Festival of Voice Opera Competition 2019, is currently a BBC Northern Ireland and Arts Council Young Musicians’ Platform Award recipient, and is supported by Exitex Ltd.
Highlights as a concert soloist include Handel’s Messiah (Irish Baroque Orchestra; Instruments of Time and Truth); Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Oxford Early Music Festival); Mozart’s Requiem (The Ulster Orchestra); Haydn’s The Creation (Oxford Orpheus); and Bach’s St John Passion (Sestina/East Cork Early Music Festival).
Operatic roles include Endimione in La Calisto (Longborough Festival Opera); Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nevill Holt Opera); Minister in Iphigénie en Tauride (The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment); Liberto in L’incoronazione di Poppea (Loughborough Festival Opera); Tobias Mill in La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Northern Ireland Opera Studio); Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas (Sestina); Figaro (Cover) in Le Nozze di Figaro (Nevill Holt Opera) and Zuniga (Cover) in Carmen (The Grange Festival).