ailis ni riain

Break Down De Doom* 

Ailís Ní Ríain

Jennifer Parker  Mezzo Soprano

Ailís Ní Ríain

Is an Irish contemporary classical composer who aims to produce work that challenges, provokes and engages. A regular collaborator with artists in other art-forms, her artistic interests are diverse and combined with an unwavering desire to develop her artistic practice with each new project or commission.

Her music has been performed at London’s Purcell Room, The Royal Festival Hall, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, Carnegie Hall in New York, throughout Europe and in the USA as well as featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4,  RTÉ Lyric FM and RTÉ Television.


Ailís composes in a variety of forms including music-theatre, concert music, video, opera and site-specific installation music for historic buildings. In 2016 Ailís was awarded the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Artists Award.


Recent projects include a tour of Skloniŝte (shelter; Bosnian) (60 mins) for classical accordion and video including performances in Paris and Sarajevo. In 2015 Linger was commissioned for The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, West Yorkshire and composed specifically for Emily Brontë’s piano. Ailís was an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida in 2016 to focus on developing new music for prepared piano. She was given a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers in 2016.

* *Text: Mac Wellman ,The Invention of Tragedy.
By special permission from the author


jennifer parker

Jennifer Parker


Jennifer completed her Masters with Distinction at the RNCM in 2015, studying with Antonia Sotgiu and Louise Winter. Whilst at college, she performed the roles of Valencienne (The Merry Widow) and Jenny (Company), in addition to a variety of concert appearances including Bernard Rands’ Walcott Songs and performances with the RNCM Jazz Collective.  


Since graduation Jennifer has performed with a range of prestigious companies; most notably Opera Holland Park, Wexford Festival Opera, Manchester Opera Ensemble, Buxton Festival and the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. Furthermore, she has premiered works at the North West New Music Festival, with the International Opera Theater in Umbria, as well as participating in the Young Artist Platforms of both the Helios Collective and Bury Court Opera. She has also been fortunate enough to appear in public masterclasses with Sarah Connolly, Juanjo Mena, David Poutney and Mark Wigglesworth.


Additionally Jennifer has performed numerous oratorios; namely Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.  


Forthcoming engagements include a return to I.O.T in Umbria to premiere Orlando Furioso, an appearance with Gainsborough Choral Society in Jenkins’ The Armed Man, and concert performances in Assisi, Lithuania and Dublin.

Break Down De Doom
Ailís Ní Ríain
Commissioned by
Manchester Opera Project


40 BLOSSOM STREET, MANCHESTER, M4 6BF THURSDAY 27 July 2017 | 8.30pm (doors open 8:00)

The bar will be open from 8:00. Come have a pre-performance drink or two and have a chat. 



£12 in advance via Eventbrite
£15 at the door
This is one of three monodramas to be
performed at this event.


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