Deirdre McCabe, soprano, has performed throughout Ireland and the UK on the stage, and also on the concert platform as a guest soloist with choral societies and orchestras.
Deirdre grew up surrounded by music. She belonged to a small award winning school choir and sang her first solo in church aged six. Deirdre belongs to a family who have a love of traditional Irish music which resulted in her achievement of several Connacht Scór na nÓg and Fleadh Cheoil solo ballad singing titles. Like most children of her generation in West Ireland, Deirdre also plays the tin-whistle and piano.
Through her passion for singing, Deirdre discovered and performed in musicals in her home county of Leitrim and in neighbouring County Longford and was given a National award for Best Actress in a musical performance. Deirdre has always been encouraged by her local community to continue her studies in music and, after completing an Arts Degree in Maynooth University Ireland and a Higher Diploma in Arts and Music Education in Griffith College Dublin, she began to study privately in Ireland before securing a scholarship to attend the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK.
During her time in Birmingham, competition prizes included: The Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize and The Ashleyan Opera Prize, among other finalist prizes. After completing her studies in Birmingham, Deirdre was invited to join the Welsh International Academy of Voice in Cardiff, before accepting her first professional contract to join Glyndebourne Opera chorus for their 2017 festival and tour.
Her operatic roles to date include:
Zerlina, Don Giovanni for Rogue Opera, UK (2019)
Flora, La Traviata, New Sussex Opera, UK (2019)
Adina, The Elixir of Love, New Sussex Opera, UK (2018)
Chorus of Glyndebourne Opera Festival and Tour (2017)
Cathleen, Riders to the Sea, The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK (2016)
Pamina, Die Zauberflöte, Lyric Opera Weimar, Germany (2015)
Deirdre has been a finalist in the Bernedette Greevy bursary competition at The National Concert Hall, Dublin (2019). She has also sung soprano solos in:
Vivaldi’s Gloria with City of Wolverhampton Choir (2018)
Handel’s The Messiah with Choir of St. Mary's Maldon and Pegasus Orchestra. (2018)
Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Zelenka's Miserere with Arun Choral society and The Sinfonia of Arun (2019)