Vocalist, Composer & Producer
Síobhra Quinlan is an Irish vocalist, composer and producer, specialising in repertoire from baroque to contemporary. Converging her skills, Síobhra founded a chamber music ensemble called sfiiinx with whom she performs her work. Recent sfiiinx performances include Thursday Lates at The National Gallery of Ireland, and The Irish Arts & Writer’s Festival at The Carriage House Theatre, Los Gatos, California.
As part of The Irish Arts & Writer’s Festival, Síobhra also performed her recital Shaw’s Arias at Montalvo Arts Centre, California, exploring George Bernard Shaw’s favourite pieces, peppered with his witty and cutting music criticisms. At home, Síobhra first performed Shaw’s Arias as part of Fintan O’Toole’s Judging Shaw exhibition at The Little Museum of Dublin, and The Royal Irish Academy.
Whilst doing an M. Phil in Music Composition at Trinity College in 2016/2017, Síobhra researched and revived the forgotten works of female singer-composers from 17C Italy which she then performed at The National Gallery of Ireland with David Adams, and at The National Concert Hall as part of International Women’s Day with Solomiya Maksymiv in 2018.
In 2017/2018, Síobhra was a participant on the Female Conductor Programme at The National Concert Hall, and a mentee on the Irish Composers Collective Vocal Mentorship Programme with Michelle O’Rourke.
Producing and curating work includes Opera Hub for Opera Theatre Company, and ANAM for Other Voices & DCU. Síobhra is also involved in music outreach – she coordinates a voluntary Creative Arts Group that connects with residents of Mosney who are currently refugees and asylum seekers through the medium of music, drama and art.
Long before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Academy Award for the screenplay for Pygmalion (1938), George Bernard Shaw worked as a music critic in London. Soprano Síobhra Quinlan and pianist Annalisa Monticelli draw on the music criticisms of George Bernard Shaw, performing works contextualised by his writings on music. The whole show […]