Sylvia O’Regan is a former Head of Faculty, and current Lecturer in Singing at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.
She is a graduate of NUI Maynooth with a Masters in Performance and Musicology, and holds a BA and Higher Diploma in Education from University College Dublin. She also holds both a Licentiate and Fellowship from Trinity College London.
An accomplished performer, she has been regularly engaged for concerts and recitals in the major Irish venues. She has also been soloist in concerts and operas in Italy, Spain and throughout the UK. She has sung roles for Opera Ireland in the Gaiety Theatre and for the national broadcasting station, RTE; the RTE Proms, and has made numerous appearances on RTE Radio and TV.
Sylvia won critical acclaim for the role of Mercedes at the National Arts Centre in Canada, as part of the late Bernadette Greevy’s production of Carmen, which was recorded for National Canadian, South American and Dutch radio and television networks.
In addition, she won many prizes and awards for singing, not the least of which were scholarships to study at several of the courses on the Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh in the UK. Out of the French Song Course, she was invited to study with renowned soprano Suzanne Danco in Florence, as her scholarship student. Prior to that, she studied in London with Laura Sarti.
She has given workshops throughout Ireland, including to the RTE Philharmonic Choir; Soundset Ensemble, and as part of the National Concert Hall Education Outreach team. She has also given master classes at the National Concert Hall, and the Yorke Trust in the UK.
Sylvia was a vocal consultant for various choirs, and at choral summer schools, including Ulster Youth Choir, and Anúna.
She has also presented lecture workshops, on Singing technique, at conferences for the Society of Musicologists in Ireland and the Society of Music Education in Ireland. In addition, she is regularly sought after to adjudicate at competitions and examinations.
Sylvia is fast becoming regarded as one of Ireland’s most successful singing teachers: students have had many competition wins, including Feis Ceoil, and at international level.
Here is an extract from her pupil’s prizewinning performance at the Die Meistersinger von Nurmberg competition (July 2018):-
Here is a short video of Sylvia’s approach to teaching:-