ABOUT

""The edge of flint in Noragh Devlin's powerful, rangy mezzo-soprano suited Susan B., and she carried the character's struggles in her dignified yet vulnerable posture"  - Zachary Woolfe, New York Times

"I have heard Noragh in several appearances and marvel at her powerful yet beguiling voice" - Burt Saidel, The Oakwood Register
 

"Noragh Devlin’s alluring mezzo voice gives the character of Anthony an individual profile, emotional conviction and an affecting charisma."   - David J. Baker, Opera News

Mezzo-soprano Noragh Devlin has been called “gifted” by Opera News, and praised for her
“powerful, rangy mezzo-soprano” by the New York Times. Ms. Devlin is a graduate of
the Manhattan School of Music, where she was the recipient of the Mae Zenke Orvis Opera
Scholarship and the Hugo Ross Award “for a singer of unusual promise”. Ms. Devlin has held positions as a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, an Artist-in-Residence with Dayton Opera, Apprentice Artist at Caramoor, a Vocal Fellow at Music Academy of the West, a full Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Previous operatic credits include Il barbiere di Siviglia (Berta) with Dayton Opera and The Aspen Music Festival; Les contes d'Hoffmann (Antonia's Mother) and Roméo et Juliette (Gertrude) with the Aspen Music Festival and School; Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature (Elder Constance) and The Bartered Bride (Hata cover) with Music Academy of the West; The Dangerous Liaisons (Madame de Rosemonde), Luisa Miller (Federica), Albert Herring (Florence Pike), Die Zauberflöte (Zweite Dame), Thomson’s The Mother of Us All (Susan B. Anthony), I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Romeo) and Orphée aux enfers (L'Opinion Publique and Junon) with the Manhattan School of Music. She is a  two-time Metropolitan Opera National Council New Orleans District winner (2018 and 2020), and a Encouragement Award Winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Gulf Coast Regionals. In 2019, Ms. Devlin joined the Glimmerglass Festival as a Young Artist, performing the role of Woman in the Hat and covering Samira in their production of Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles; she reprised those roles and made her European debut with the Chateau de Versailles Spectacles in November 2019. 

Along with her operatic pursuits, Ms. Devlin has always been dedicated to art song and concert work. In
2013 and 2014, Ms. Devlin participated in the famed Franz Schubert Institute in Baden-bei-
Wien, Austria. There, she participated in masterclasses with Christa Ludwig, Helmut Deutsch,
Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles, Elly Ameling, and Rudolph Jansen. In 2015, she was named first
prize winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition, and as a result, she had the
opportunity to perform Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony in
2016. In 2016, she was also named a finalist in the Gerda Lissner Song Competition. In 2017,
she was invited to participate in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues workshop, where she
participated in masterclasses and coachings with Marilyn Horne, Warren Jones and Ken Noda. She has been featured as the mezzo soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Dayton Philharmonic, Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony with the Aspen Academy Conductor's Orchestra, and Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with The Oratorio Society of New York. 

 

Ms. Devlin has also had the great pleasure of recording three commercial CDs. She was featured
as Susan B. Anthony, the lead role, in the Manhattan School of Music’s recording of Thomson’s
The Mother of Us All, produced by Albany Records. Also with Albany Records, she sang the
role of Madame de Rosemonde in Conrad Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons. In 2016, she was
featured on the CD, Music From a Higher Sphere, as a mezzo soloist in the recording of David
Brigg’s organ transcription of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8.

 

"mezzo-soprano Noragh Devlin came close to stealing the show with the inebriated governess Berta's Act Two aria" -- Harvey Steiman, The Aspen Times