Having worked extensively at home and internationally in the world of Opera, concert, and recital, Colette has acquired vast experience and loves to perform her wide repertoire encompassing many of the vocal genres.
She has worked as a soloist with such acclaimed Opera companies as Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Opera North, Lyric Opera, Opera Ireland and Opera Theatre Company.
She is looking forward to many exciting forthcoming projects including recording her long awaited for CD in addition to a number of concert engagements.
Colette Delahunt grew up in Co. Wicklow and started studying singing with Sr. Agnes Nolan in St.Mary's College, Arklow. She graduated with distinction from Dublin Institute of Technology after studying with the late Nancy Calthrope and also Trudi Carberry. Colette was a recipient of many Feis Ceoil prizes including The Margaret Burke Sheridan Cup, Stanford Cup, Tatton Cup, Calthrope Bursary and culminating in the Feis Ceoil overall vocal award, the Gervase Elwes Cup. She continued her singing studies in London at Trinity College where she was awarded a scholarship. During this time Colette won the Sutton Young Musician Recording Award, the Trinity English Song Prize, The Royal Overseas League Prize and the BBC Young Artists Forum Award 1996.
In 1994 Colette was accepted into the Glyndebourne Opera Chorus and was offered her firs solo role in 1997 in Alban Berg's 'Lulu'. That same year she was awarded the Erich Vietheer prize for most promising young Glyndebourne artist. Since then Colette has performed in many roles including:
Colette has performed extensively in oratorio throughout Ireland and Britain working most notably with
Colette has performed extensively in oratorio throughout Ireland and Britain working most notably with The London Sinfonia, St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Orchestra, The Croydon Philharmonic, The BBC Philharmonic, The National Sinfonia and The RTE Concert Orchestra. Recent performances have included Pergolesi 's Stabat Mater and Mozart's Requiem with the Dublin Orchestral Players, Faure's Requiem and Brahms 's Requiem at London venues. Colette had the wonderful opportunity of being invited to perform the premiere performance of Handel's Messiah in Doha, Qatar.
Also last July Colette had the wonderful honour of being the soloist at The 2014 National Day of Commemoration with both President and Taoiseach in attandance, (live RTE broadcast). Colette has just performed the premiere of’ Pomes Penyeach, J.Joyce’ by AnneMarie O Farrell with the RTE Con Tempo quartet and will join the RTE Concert Orchestra for a performance in the NCH next month.
Colette has a very extensive repertoire in the genre of German lied and French song. She has performed widely both home and abroad in recital and has won many prestigious awards for her performances in this genre, most importantly the BBC Young Artist Award for Outstanding Recitalists. English song together with the wonderful songs from the Irish composers are an integral part of Colette's recital repertoire. She also enjoys collaborating with contemporary composers and is delighted to be working with the Irish composer Ann Marie O Farrell on Ann Marie's new compositions set to the Penyeach Poems by James Joyce. This will be a very exciting project for Colette.
Colette has performed extensively both here and abroad for weddings and other church services. She has vast experience in the setting of wedding selections, in co-ordinating with other musicians and providing an elite standard of music for each couple on their wedding day. Through consultation Colette will guide each couple in making their music selection, in choosing instrumentation and making sure that everything runs smoothly on their special day. Below is a sample of some of the wedding repertoire that Colette performs but also as an artist she is continuously expanding and developing new areas of repertoire and creativity to suit each personal occasion.