Irish tenor Aaron O’Hare transitioned from baritone in 2021, having previously sung with leading companies across the UK and Ireland. This year he sang Spoletta Tosca for Northern Ireland Opera and will perform Fourth Jew Salome for Irish National Opera in 2024. As an Associate Artist with Welsh National Opera, he sang the title role in Don Giovanni on tour, Stárek Jenůfa and March Hare/White Knight in Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In 2021 he also sang Schaunard La bohème for Northern Ireland Opera and new commission Elsewhere, composed by Michael Gallen and produced in Ireland with support from the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.
Aaron completed his BMus (Hons) degree at the University of Ulster and an MMus at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Matthew Best. He won Northern Ireland Opera’s Voice of 2015 competition, during their Festival of Voice, and is also a recipient of the BBC NI and Arts Council NI Young Musician’s Platform Award. Aaron joined Garsington Opera’s Alvarez Young Artist’s programme in 2016 and was a member of the Opera Holland Park Young Artists in 2018. He played Mike in John Adam’s I was looking at the Ceiling and then I saw the Sky for the studio of Opera Lyon in 2020.
Aaron’s other operatic appearances include: Chorus and cover Sciaronne Tosca, David A Hand of Bridge, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas, Buff Der Schauspeildirektor, (NI Opera), Dancaïre Carmen (North West Opera), Chorus and Cover Marcello La bohéme (Nevill Holt Opera), Chorus and Cover Papageno Magic Flute (NI Opera/Nevill Holt Opera), Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Guglielmo Così fan tutte, (RNCM), Schaunard La bohéme (Ulster Orchester and NI Opera), Dottore Grenvil La traviata (Opera Holland Park) and Cover Matthew The Second Violinist (Irish National Opera), Cover Count Le nozze di Figaro (The Grange Festival).
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YouTube playlist includes:
- Kuda, kuda, vi udalilis (Lensky’s aria), Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky
- Largo al Factotum, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini
- Oh, oh, qu’est-ce que c’est?, Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy
“There was strong support too from Aaron O’Hare’s perfectly realized Schaunard.”Opera Magazine
“Aaron O’Hare, who sang the role of Schaunard, is certainly another one to watch.”The Irish Times
“There’s a particularly well-sung Schaunard from Aaron O’Hare.”The Times