Elaine McKirll

A graduate and Associate of the RAM and winner of the Mastersingers' Wagner Singers Competition 2003, Elaine has specialised in recent years in the operas of Wagner and Strauss. Her Wagner performances include Brünnhilde Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung in Chemnitz; Brünnhilde Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung (Mastersingers, Edinburgh Opera Players); Isolde (Angers Nantes Opéra, Opéra Dijon, Genoa); Gutrune Götterdämmerung and Brünnhilde Siegfried (Scottish Opera); Isolde (Edinburgh Opera Players in concert); Sieglinde Die Walküre (Scottish Opera, ENO cover); Ortlinde Die Walküre (Royal Opera Covent Garden, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Salzburg Festival, Hallé, Mastersingers, BBC Proms, Philharmonia); Helmwige Die Walküre (Deutsche Oper - Berlin and Netherlands Opera); Third Norn Götterdämmerung (Stuttgart); Siegrune and Second Norn (State Opera of South Australia); Freia Das Rheingold (Chemnitz); Adriano Rienzi and Kundry Parsifal (Palace Opera). She understudied the title role of Fidelio for Opera North and has also been involved in their Ring Cycle project.

Elaine made her Strauss debut as Marianne Leitmetzerin Der Rosenkavalier at Covent Garden (Petrenko/Schlesinger) and was subsequently invited back to sing the Aufseherin and cover the title role in Elektra (Nelsons/C.Edwards) a combination she was also engaged by Netherlands Opera to sing (M.Albrecht/Decker).

Next season Elaine will sing Gerhilde Die Walküre for the Canadian Opera Company, Ortrud Lohengrin excerpts in Limoges and the Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier for the first time in concert. She makes her debut in October 2015 as Elektra in Magdeburg.

Highlights in recent seasons have included her performances as Brünnhilde in the complete Ring Cycle in Chemnitz (Bareza/Heinicke), Isolde under Gelmetti in Genoa, Ortlinde in the Ring Cycles of the Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg Festivals with Sir Simon Rattle (d. Braunschweig) and the Berlin Philharmonic and also with Antonio Pappano (d. Warner) at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

In addition to her Wagner and Strauss repertoire, Elaine has enjoyed success with Amelia Un Ballo in Maschera (Surrey Opera); Abigaille Nabucco (Skopje); Elettra Idomeneo (Neumünster); Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel (Glyndebourne cover) and Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia.

In concert Elaine performed songs from Mahler's Das Knaben Wunderhorn with the Cyprus Sinfonia at St John's, Smith Square and recently returned to sing Britten's Les Illuminations with them there. At St John's Elaine also sang Isolde in Act II of Tristan und Isolde under Michael Thorne. She was invited to sing the Act II Tristan and Isolde duet and the Liebestod in concert with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra under Federico Cortese and Kundry Parsifal in concert under Nicholas Braithwaite.

Her other concert repertoire includes Strauss Vier letzte Lieder; Beethoven Symphony No. 9; Verdi Requiem; Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem; Mendelssohn Elijah; Mozart Requiem; Britten On This Islandand Les Illuminations; Dyson The Canterbury Pilgrims; Orff Carmina Burana, Shostakovitch Symphony 14; Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony; Wagner Wesendonck Lieder; Walton Façade and WeberMass in G 'Jubelmesse'.