“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
Irish baritone Seán Boylan studied on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. He made his debut in 2019 stepping into the title role in Sir Michael Boyd’s new production of Don Giovanni at Garsington Opera, where he was an Alvarez Young Artist.
Current and future plans include covering at English National Opera (Orpheus in the Underworld) and Scottish Opera (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
At the Guildhall School his roles included Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Guglielmo Così fan tutte and excerpts from Capriccio, La cenerentola, Die Fledermaus, Hamlet, Pagliacci & Die Zauberflöte.
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 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 and the Drogheda International Classical Music Series.
He has taken part in the prestigious Lied interpretation course at the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Vienna, which included extensive masterclasses with Robert Holl, Elly Ameling and Helmut Deutsch, among others. He has also taken part in masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen, Patricia Bardon, Gerald Finley and Ann Murray DBE.
He has received awards from Garsington Opera (Helen Clarke Award), NI Opera (Festival of Voice) and his studies were supported by the Amar-Frances & Foster-Jenkins Trust and the Guildhall School Trust.
With a background as a 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 several projects across Ireland.