Irish soprano Ailish Tynan was a Young Artist with The Royal Opera 2002–4. Roles during this period included Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Wood Nymph (Rusalka in concert), Xenia (Boris Godunov) and First Niece (Peter Grimes). She has since returned to sing such roles as Marzelline (Fidelio), Woodbird (Siegfried), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Madame Cortese (Il viaggio a Reims, Jette Parker Young Artists Tenth Anniversary Concert) and Podtotschina’s Daughter (The Nose). In the 2018/19 Season she sings in Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Medusa.
Tynan studied at Trinity College Dublin, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She won the Rosenblatt Recital Prize at the 2003 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and is a former BBC New Generation Artist. Opera engagements include Gretel for Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera, Tigrane (Radamisto) for English National Opera, Anna (Intermezzo) for Garsington Opera, Papagena for La Scala, Milan, Despina (Così fan tutte) for Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and Héro (Béatrice et Bénédict) for Houston Grand Opera, Opéra Comique and Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg.
Tynan sings regularly in concert and recital at venues including the Wigmore Hall. Concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Hallé and Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She was a guest commentator at the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.