“To have a Demetrius in Seán Boylan who is already the perfect young baritone seemed too good to be true…”
David Nice, The Arts Desk
Seán began his studies as pianist, organist and baritone at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, garnering many regional and national prizes before focusing his studies on singing. He has been invited to perform for several presidents of Ireland, HRH The Prince of Wales and at festivals across Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe and the U.S.A. He has studied and performed at the Aspen Music Festival & School and the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Vienna.
Seán currently studies on the prestigious Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he was awarded a full scholarship. His singing teacher is Robert Dean.
This season Seån sang Guglielmo Così fan tutte and will sing Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Guildhall School. He will join the Alvarez Young Artist Programme at Garsington Opera for the 2019 season where he is covering the title role in their new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni directed by Sir Michael Boyd and conducted by Douglas Boyd. Seán will also cover the title role for a semi-staged performance at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, with the Orchestre Chambre de Paris.
Recently Seán sang Silvio Pagliacci, Frank Die Fledermaus, Olivier Capriccio for Guildhall School Opera Scenes and Notaio Gianni Schicci at the Barbican Hall with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra.
Also at the Guildhall School Seán has performed Dandini La Cenerentola & Hamlet (title role) in Guildhall School Opera Scenes as well as Assan The Consul (Guildhall School) & Novice’s Friend Billy Budd (St. Endellion Festival). In song he has collaborated with Graham Johnson, Iain Burnside, and Ann Murray DBE at the Guildhall School, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall (London), Lincoln Center (New York City) and National Concert Hall (Dublin).
He took part in masterclasses with Dame Ann Murray during the Irish Culture in Britain Series at the Wigmore Hall before studying at the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien. In Austria, Seán studied with master teachers such as Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Roger Vignoles & Julius Drake.
In recital, Seán has performed at Song in the City, LSO St.Luke’s, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Clifden Arts Festival, Galway, St. Columba’s Church, Ennis and Hillsborough Castle for HRH The Prince of Wales. Concert engagements include performances with the Ulster Orchestra, Galway Cathedral, the National Concert Hall, the Drogheda International Classical Music Series, the Abbey Theatre, the Dublin Fringe Festival and the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Also a talented pianist and organist, he has been the subject of several television and radio broadcasts in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and has also performed as an actor at the Abbey Theatre (National Theatre of Ireland), Dublin Fringe Festival and in numerous projects across Ireland.
At the Guildhall school he is a Gwen Catley Scholar, supported by the Amar-Frances & Foster-Jenkins Trust. Previously he was supported by the Guildhall School Trust.