Irish Mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty has firmly established a reputation as a respected interpreter of both early and contemporary works, alongside maintaining a busy schedule in mainstream opera and concert repertoire. Regularly praised for her musicality and intelligence, her integrity as an artist, and the warmth, clarity and agility of her voice, her opera repertoire includes many important lyric mezzo-soprano roles, such as Hänsel, Dido, Ruggiero, Dorabella, Cherubino, Ariodante, Orfeo, Sesto. Her concert repertoire spans most of the major sacred works by J.S.Bach, Handel, Mozart, as well as a broad song repertoire and numerous chamber-music works.
Recent successes include her debut at Wexford Festival Opera, as Lucy Talbot in William Bolcom’s “Dinner at Eight”, her role debut as Orfeo in Irish National Opera’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” as well as her Italian debut at the Spoleto Festival, singing in the world premiere of Silvia Colasanti’s new work “Proserpine”.
Her discography includes La Traviata on DVD (Naxos) with the NDR Radiophilharmonie alongside Thomas Hampson and Marina Rebeka, and The Mountebanks (A.Cellier) on CD with the BBC Concert Orchestra. A solo disc of Schubert songs is planned for later this year, with pianist Jonathan Ware.
She was a member of the young artist programme at Oper Frankfurt from 2010-2012 and is currently an Artistic Partner to Irish National Opera, and a Creative Associate on the Irish Arts Council pilot “Creative Schools” scheme.