Northern Irish mezzo-soprano Dervla Ramsay joined the Royal Opera Chorus in the 1999/2000 Season, and has sung roles including Lolette (La rondine), Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto), Trainbearer (Elektra) and Third Page (Lohengrin) for the Company. In the 2018/19 Season she sings Amelia’s maidservant (Simon Boccanegra) and Fekluša (Kát’a Kabanová) for The Royal Opera.
Ramsay was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, and studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. In 1993 she won the Ulster Bank Music Foundation Award for Young Irish Musicians, which enabled her to continue her studies in Italy with teachers including Margarita Rinaldi and Renata Scotto. In 1994 she won the Concorso Internazionale di Bagna di Lucca. While in Italy Ramsay performed at venues including the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and the Teatro Communale in Florence. Her engagements away from The Royal Opera include the title role in an interactive performance of Carmen with the Watford Philharmonic Society and former Royal Opera Chorus Director Terry Edwards.
Ramsay has also performed widely in concert, including a recital in the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House with other members of the Royal Opera Chorus.