Following her debut at the Vienna Staatsoper in the title role of Jenufa, the Financial Times praised Irish soprano Sinéad Mulhern as having "precisely the combination of innocence and depth that the title role demands and a voice capable of representing Jenufa's huge emotional journey without ever losing its purity of tone." Last season, she made her Teatro alla Scala debut as the Marquise de Merteuil in the world premiere of Luca Francesconi's Quartett and returned to Mimì in La bohème with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Ireland, after having a great success last season in the role last season with Frankfurt Opera. She also returned to the Komische Oper Berlin for Jenny in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and sang Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.
This season, Ms. Mulhern made her debut as Leonore in Fidelio in a new production at the Wiesbaden Staatstheater. In 2012 she will sing Debussy's "La Demoiselle élue" in concert in Spain and will also debut the role of the Governess in The Turn of the Screw for Central City Opera in the USA.
She made her debut with the Vienna Staatsoper in the title role of Jenufa and has since returned to the company for Mimì in La Bohème and Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro. She sang Iseut in Le vin herbé at the Ruhr Triennale festival and her debut with Opéra de Lyon as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, also joining the company on tour to Athens for the same production. She returned to Opéra de Lyon to reprise her performances of Iseut in Le vin herbé and then debuted the role of Maria in Tchaikovskys Mazeppa with Opera Ireland. The soprano has enjoyed a strong relationship with the Komische Oper Berlin where following her debut as Asteria in David Alden's production of Tamerlano, she has sung numerous roles with the company including the title role in Jenufa, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Antonia in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Violetta in La traviata, Micaela in Carmen, Mimì in La bohème, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, and Infantin in Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg.
The soprano made her debut at the Theâtre du Châtelet in Paris as Sifare in Mozart's Mitridate and was subsequently engaged to sing the same role in the Graham Vick production at the Sydney Festival in Australia. She sang Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi in a Robert Carsen production at De Vlaamse Oper in Belgium, Lucio Cinna in Mozart's Lucio Silla in a co-production between Opéra de Lausanne and Opéra de Caen, and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and the title role in Manon at the Nationale Reisoper in the Netherlands. She has also sung First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Marc Minkowski at the Montpellier and Perpignan Music Festivals, a role that she has since sung with Leipzig Opera. With the Glyndebourne Touring Opera she sang her first performances of the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro in a Graham Vick staging. She made her American debut as Mimì in La bohème with Central City Opera.
Ms. Mulhern's performances on the concert stage include Mozart's Exultate Jubilate, Mahler's Symphony No. 4 and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14 with the Het Gelders Orkest. She has also sung Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with La Chambre Philharmonique, Mozart's Mass in C minor and Requiem with Michel Corboz at the Toulon Festival, further performances of the Mass in C minor with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14 with both the Orchestre d'Auvergne and Northern Sinfonia in Manchester. With Kirill Petrenko and the Komische Symphony Orchestra in Berlin, she sang Mahler's Symphony No. 4 and in Scotland, she has performed Mahler's Symphony No. 2. She joined the Estonian National Symphony and Olari Elts for Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915 and the Tours Symphony Orchestra for Haydn's Creation.
Sinéad Mulhern is a former member of the prestigious Centre de Formation Lyrique at the Opéra National de Paris. She holds a Master of Music of The Curtis Institute and earned her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School.