Dr Imelda Drumm is a Lecturer in Vocal Studies in the RIAM. As a mezzo soprano, and (Principal Soloist) her most recent role is with Irish National Opera, as Amneris in Verdi's Aida, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, 2018. She teaches classical vocal technique to singers of all ages and abilities, male and female. She has over ten years teaching experience and has mentored singers learning as children, those both in part-time and in full-time study to doctorate level, including post-graduate young professionals.
Imelda studied with Dr Veronica Dunne at the RIAM and Anne-Marie O’Sullivan at the Conservatory of Music TU previously known as the DIT. She is a graduate of the National Opera Studio, London, having received sponsorship from Glyndebourne Opera who awarded her both the ESSO Touring Award and Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Festival Awards.
Imelda enjoys a very successful international singing career as a soloist. For over 30 years she has forged strong relationships with Glyndebourne Opera and Welsh National Opera and here in Ireland with Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, Wide Open Opera, Lyric Opera, Irish National Opera and both national orchestras, the RTE Concert and National Symphony Orchestra.
Although a specialist in opera, Imelda has collaborated with leading Irish composers including John Buckley and Seoirse Bodley. She premiered a new work by Seoirse Bodley Reservoir Voices with soprano Silvia O’Brien at the RIAM in 2018.
Imelda’s research focuses on hormonal vocal influence and she assists singers who are experiencing age related vocal concerns.
Drumm, Imelda, 'Oral contraceptives and the Voice ', paper presented at the Tower Seminar Series: Voice and Body: Therapeutic and Research Perspectives, University of Limerick, March 6, 2019.
Drumm, Imelda, 'Oral Contraceptives and Elite Vocalists in Training; Perspectives from the Voice Academy’, paper presented at Doctors in Performance 2018: 3rd Festival Conference of Music Performance and Artistic Research, Vilnius, September 4-6, 2018.
Drumm, Imelda, ‘Roles for Leading Ladies: Investigating the Influence of Ovarian Hormones on Performance Anxiety and Vocal Impairment in Elite Singing’, (DMusPerf dissertation, Royal Irish Academy of Music, 2017).
Drumm, Imelda, 'When is a Mezzo not a Mezzo?’, paper presented at Doctors in Performance 2016: 2nd Festival Conference of Music Performance and Artistic Research, Dublin, 8-9 September, 2016.