Northern Irish baritone Brian McAlea is a graduate from the University of Oxford where he read Music and sang with the Choir of New College. He is currently on a scholarship at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Robert Dean for which he is kindly supported by The Peter Nutting Charitable Trust, The George Heim Memorial Trust, The John S Cohen Foundation, The Michael James Music Trust and The John Wates Charitable Trust.
Brian is a regular concert soloist and recitalist. Notable highlights include: Handel’s Messiah (Instruments of Time and Truth/Edward Higginbottom; Irish Baroque Orchestra/Peter Whelan); Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Daniel Hyde/Oxford Early Music Festival); Haydn’s The Creation (Robert Dean/Oxford Orpheus); MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross (Eamonn Dougan/Britten Sinfonia); Brahms’s Requiem (Tom Hammond-Davies/The Blenheim Singers) and Wood’s St Mark Passion (David Hill/Charles Wood Festival & Summer School).
Opera companies Brian has worked for include The Grange Festival, where he also covered the role of Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen; Nevill Holt Opera, where he will be returning this summer to cover the role of Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; NI Opera; New Chamber Opera; and Sestina.
Brian also performs with some of the country's most notable ensembles including the Gabrieli Consort, the Choir of the Age of Enlightenment, Britten Sinfonia Voices, the Armonico Consort, the Theatre of Early Music, Aurum Vocale and is a founding member of Northern Ireland’s award-winning ensemble Sestina.