Irish soprano Majella Cullagh trained with Maeve Coughlan at the Cork School of Music, and at the National Opera Studio London. She now studies in London with Gerald Martin Moore.
Past engagements have included: Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore at the Royal Danish Opera and Opera Ireland; Comtesse Adèle in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory (Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Dorella in Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot at Wexford Festival; Elsie Maynard in The Yeoman of the Guard at Welsh National Opera, Melissa in the highly acclaimed production of Handel’s Amadigi at the Covent Garden Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music New York, Lisbon and Oporto with Opera Theatre Company; and the title role in the British premiere of Gavin Bryar’s Medea (BBC Scotland).
Miss Cullagh performs extensively in oratorio, and on the concert platform throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United States, and she can be heard regularly on RTE and BBC broadcasts. She has sung Huit scènes de Faust in Venice at La Fenice conducted by Jeffrey Tate, and sang Les Soirées Italiennes at the Covent Garden Festival. She has made complete recordings of the title role in Wallace’s Maritana and Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony on the Naxos label, the title roles in Mercadante’s Zaira and Donizetti’s Zoraida di Granata for the Opera Rara label, for which she also recorded Rossini’s Bianca e Falliero and Matilde in Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra with Jennifer Larmore, also performed in London for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, as well as three volumes of songs, duets, trios and ensembles, accompanied by piano in the Il Salotto series.
Majella Cullagh’s recent operatic performances have included: Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte in Las Palmas, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Royal Danish Opera, the title role in Massenet’s Manon for Opera New Zealand, Micaela in Carmen for Opera North, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in Regensburg, Contessa in Nozze di Figaro for Opera North, her first Tatjana in Evgenij Onegin in a new production by Ian Judge and her first Maria Stuarda for Grange Park Opera, The Death of Klinghoffer and Rossini’s La Morte di Didone and Stabat Mater at the Amsterdam Konzertgebouw, Ninetta in La Gazza Ladra at Garsington Opera (also recorded by Chandos), the title role in Donizetti's Pia de' Tolomei at the Royal Festival Hall in London and in a recording for Opera Rara, the title role in Rossini’s Adelaide di Borgogna at the Edinburgh International Festival (recorded live by Opera Rara), and concert performance of Donizetti’s Il Diluvio universale with Opera Rara at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, following the studio recording of the opera for Opera Rara.
Among her future engagements: Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Musetta in La Bohème at the Royal Albert Hall in London directed by Francesca Zambello, her debuts as Norina in Don Pasquale at the Garsington Festival, Messiah at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall and the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova. In January 2007, Ms. Cullagh will return to the Amsterdam Konzertgebouw to sing the role of Paolina in Donizetti’s Poliuto.