Owen Gilhooly studied with Jean Holmes at the Limerick School of Music before continuing his studies at the Royal College of Music and National Opera Studio. He made his Royal Opera House debut singing Faure Requiem for the Royal Ballet and represented Ireland at the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. He has appeared in principal roles with Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, English Touring Opera, Lyric Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, The Opera Group and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has made frequent appearances at Wexford Festival Opera, Lismore Music Festival, Buxton Festival Opera, Les Azuriales Opera & Musikverkstatt Wien. In concert he has appeared with the RTÉ NSO, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, the Bournemouth and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Liverpool and London Philharmonic Orchestras as well as the BBC Symphony Orchestra including Bill Bobstay (HMS Pinafore) and Janacek’s Osud at the BBC Proms. In 2014 made his debut for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden singing the role of Robert in the world premiere of Luke Bedford’s ‘Through his Teeth’ as well as Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Musique-Cordiale International Festival, France, Gill Susanna’s Secret for Glasthule Opera as well as Valentin, Faust for the Everyman Theatre, Cork
Having had a successful career as a high baritone, Owen’s voice has now moved into the tenor range with focus on the lirico- spinto repertoire such as Macduff (Macbeth), Don Jose (Carmen), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Cavarasdossi (Tosca). Future plans include appearances at the NCH and in London in Recital, as well as his tenor debut as Borsa (Rigoletto) for Opera Theatre Company.