Colette Delahunt - Soprano -

About Colette

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:

'Susanna' (The Marriage of Figaro)
'Servillia' (La Clemenza di Tito)

Opera North
'Esmeralda' (The Bartered Bride)
'Teobaldo' (Don Carlos)
'Susanna' (The Marriage of Figaro)

Royal Opera House Covent Garden
'Esmeralda'(The Bartered Bride)

'Pamina' (The Magic Flute)

Opera Theatre Company, Dublin
'Susanna' (The Marriage of Figaro)
'Countess' (Figaro)

Opera Ireland
'Stella' in the premier of A Streetcar Named Desire

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.

Forthcoming Events

And The Oscar Goes To...
With the RTE Concert Orchestra, National Concert Hall
May 14th, 2015

Vocal Vertuosi
Concert of Trios, Duets and Solos

French Repertoire
Recital - French operatic repertoire accompanied by Catriona McElhinney
Date To Be Confirmed

Past Events

Gala Concert for St Vincent de Paul
Star of the Sea Church, Brittas Bay , Co. Wicklow.
Sunday November 16th, 8pm

Mozart Coronation Mass KV317, Britten Ceremony of Carols
Tallaght Choral Society /Mark Armstrong
December 7th @ 8pm
The Priory Tallaght

Pomes Penyeach Premiere with RTE Con Tempo Quartet
Premiere of Anne-Marie O'Farrell song cycle 'Pomes Penyeach' poems (James Joyce)
Lime Tree Theatre , Limerick
February 24th, 2015

National Day of Commemoration
The Royal Hospital Kilmainham
July 13th,2014

Premiere of Handels' Messiah
Doha, Qatar. December 2013

A German Requiem (Brahms)
London July 6th, 2013.

Mozart's Cosi fan tutte
Opera Theatre Company

Rep-er-toire: A stock of plays, dances, or pieces that a company or a performer knows or is prepared to perform.


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.


Le Nozze di Figaro - Susanna
Don Giovanni - Zerlina
Cosi fan Tutte - Despina
Die Zauberflote - Pamina
Idomeneo - Ilia
La Clemenza di Tito -Servilia

Orfeo ed Euridice - Euridice

Theodora - Theodora
Solomon - Solomons Queen
Acis and Galatea - Galatea

The Judgement of Paris - Venus

The Bartered Bride - Esmeralda

Hansel and Gretel - Gretel

Gianni Schicchi - Lauretta
Suor Angelica - Genovieffa

Don Carlos - Tebaldo

The Turn of the Screw - The Governess
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Helena

Lulu - Eine Funfzehnjarige

A Streetcar Named Desire - Stella


Jauchzet Gott Cantata No.51
Magnificat in D
Mass in B Minor
St Matthews Passion
Wachet Auf Cantata No.140

Stabat Mater
Salve Regina


Judas Maccabaeus
Dixit Dominus

Missa Brevis in C
Regina Coeli in B
Exultate Jubilate

The Creation
Maria Theresa Mass

Messe Solennelle

Te Deum
Messe de Minuit


Wedding Music Options

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.

Organ/ Instrumental/ Vocal

Lighting of Wedding Candles
Short piece / Instrumental/ Organ

The Lord is my Shepherd
The Hiding Place - Composer: Lawton
Like the deer that yearns
May your love be upon us O Lord
God fills me with Joy
Sing to the mountains


Lighting Single Wedding Candle
Panis Angelicus - Composer: Franck
Make of our Hands one Hand - Composer: Bernstein
Ave Maria(1 verse) - Composer: Schubert
Bist du bei Mir - Composer: Bach
The Hiding Place - Composer: Lawton
O perfect Love - Composer: Hymn
Nulla in Mundo pax Sincera - Composer: Vivaldi
Ombra mai fu - Composer: Handel
Ave Verum - Composer: Mozart

Jesus joy of man's desiring - Composer: Bach
On Eagle's Wings
Ave Maria(1 verse) - Composer: Schubert
Men sow the Fields in the Spring
Ag Criost an Siol - Trad

Sign of Peace
Short instrumental piece

Ave Maria (3 versions) Schubert/Bach - Composer: Caccini
Panis Angelicus - Composer: Franck
Make of our Hands one Hand - Composer: Bernstein

Choose Two from this list
Nella Fantasia - Composer: Morricone
The Hiding Place - Composer: Lawton
Laudate Dominum - Composer: Mozart
Nulla in Mundo pax Sincera - Composer: Vivaldi
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - Composer: Bach
Bist du bei Mir - Composer: Bach
Ombra mai fu - Composer: Handel
Wher'ere you Walk - Composer: Handel
He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven - Composer: Jenkins
Dominum Deus - Composer: Vivaldi
Hymn of your choice

Signing of the Register
Organ/ Instrumental solo
Vocal choice from any of the above
Operatic piece eg. O mio Babbino Caro

Operatic piece eg. O mio Babbino Caro/