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Singer (alto)

Gráinne Gillis

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About Gráinne

I'm an Irish contralto based in London, a charismatic performer who always brings a special magic to every occasion!
Singer (alto)

Gráinne Gillis read Music at University College Cork and graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Since re-training as an opera singer, she has worked as an Emerging Artist for Opera della Luna in The Gondoliers, and performed La Nourrice in Ariane et Barbe-Bleu, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and the Mother in Hansel & Gretel twice; La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica; Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos; Baba in The Medium; Annie Jump-Cannon in The Observatory for Improbable; 3rd Witch in Macbeth for English Pocket Opera Company; Madame Popova in The Bear; Suzuki in Madama Butterfly for Secret Opera; Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Dama/3rd Witch in Macbeth for Pavilion Opera; Frugola & Lucia in Il Tabarro and Cavalleria Rusticana respectively; The Sorceress in Dido and… and Formations 2016 for The Helios Collective, playing Flora Sandes in Dead Equal at ENO Baylis, supported by ENO and the IOA. Future engagements include Annina in La Traviata for Pavilion Opera in 2017. Gráinne also has extensive experience as an actress and voiceover artist. "A special mention must go to the singer [Gráinne Gillis] who took over the role of Suzuki at very short notice..... She did a remarkable job despite the circumstances – her flower duet with Bork was delicate and harmonious..." - Manuel Munoz, A Younger Theatre on Madama Butterfly, Secret Opera 2016 “Gillis – whose voice has rich, dramatic potential – [is] powerful in the title role.” Fiona Maddocks in The Observer on The Medium at Grimeborn .

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Opera, Musical theatre
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise
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Other skills:
Actor, Musical comedy, Singing teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Fis donc, Monsieur!.. Lorsqu’on a plus de vingt quartiers from Cendrillon
by Jules Massenet
Mr Keene! Mr Keene! from Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten
Weiche, Wotan, Weiche! from Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Comari! Sara sconfitto!...Giuta all’albergo from Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
Ich habe keine gute Nächte from Elektra by Richard Strauss
Afraid, am I afraid? from The Medium by Giancarlo Menotti
Oggi sara Poppea from L’incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi
Habanera from Carmen by Georges Bizet
Re dell’abisso from Un Ballo in Maschera by Giuseppe Verdi


From customers:

Hugh C, 10 years ago

Thank you so much for your amazing performance at Crusaid's Summer Garden Party last Sunday. Although it's only a couple of days since the event, I've already been deluged with really positive comments from guests and many of them have particularly said how much they enjoyed your being there...Perhaps you could let me know when you're next performing in London, as I'd love to come along and have the full 'Grainne Gillis experience'!"

M.Hoek, H, 9 years ago

I want to thank you for making our garden party sooooo lovely. You were totally an absolute delight. Wanting to use more superlatives…"

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