Irish soprano Majella Cullagh trained with Maeve Coughlan at the Cork School of Music, and at the National Opera Studio London. She now studies with Gerald Martin Moore.
Her repertoire includes the roles of: Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (Royal Danish Opera and Opera Ireland); Adèle in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory (Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Dorella in Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot (Wexford Festival); Elsie Maynard in The Yeoman of the Guard (Welsh National Opera), Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (Las Palmas), Massenet’s Manon (New Zealand Opera), Micaela in Carmen, Contessa in Nozze di Figaro, Nedda in Pagliacci, Berenice in L’Occasione fa il ladro and Ghita in Der Zwerg (Opera North), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Regensburg), Tatjana in Evgenij Onegin (Grange Park Opera), Melissa in Händel’s Amadigi (Covent Garden Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, Lisbon and Oporto with Opera Theatre Company), Gavin Bryar’s Medea (English premiere for BBC Scotland), Norina in Don Pasquale (Garsington Opera), Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Violetta in La Traviata and Musetta in La Bohème (Glyndebourne).
Miss Cullagh performs extensively in oratorio, and on the concert platform throughout Europe and the United States, and she can be heard regularly on RTE and BBC broadcasts. She has sung Huit scènes de Faust in Venice at La Fenice conducted by Jeffrey Tate, and Les Soirées Italiennes at the Covent Garden Festival, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Barbican Centre with the BBC. She has made complete recordings of the title role in Wallace’s Maritana and Mendelssohn’s 2nd Symphony for Naxos, the title roles in Mercadante’s Zaira and Donizetti’s Zoraida di Granata for Opera Rara, for which she also recorded Rossini’s Bianca e Falliero, Adelaide di Borgogna and Matilde in Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra with Jennifer Larmore (also performed in London for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee), Mozart, The supreme decorator with Hannover Band conducted by Mackerras, Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei and Diluvio universale, as well as three volumes of songs, duets, trios and ensembles, accompanied by piano in the Il Salotto series.
Among her recent engagements: The Death of Klinghoffer, Rossini’s La Morte di Didone and Stabat Mater, Donizetti’s Poliuto and Verdi's Messa da Requiem at the Amsterdam Konzertgebouw; Arminda in La finta giardiniera and Ninetta in La Gazza Ladra at Garsington Opera (recorded by Chandos); Donizetti's Pia de' Tolomei at the Royal Festival Hall in London, the title role in Rossini’s Adelaide di Borgogna at the Edinburgh International Festival, and Donizetti’s Il Diluvio universale at Theatre Royal Drury Lane (all recorded by Opera Rara); Musetta in La Bohème at the Royal Albert Hall in London directed by Francesca Zambello; Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda in London, Dallas, Stockholm, Stuttgart and at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp; Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus for Glyndebourne; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Balfe’s Falstaff (recorded on cd) for Opera Ireland; Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Opéra de Toulon conducted by Giuliano Carella; her debut as Elisabetta I in Roberto Devereux for Opera Holland Park as well as Don Pasquale, both conducted by Richard Bonynge; Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix for the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo and at the Opéra de Toulon; Verdi's Messa da Requiem in Amsterdam and Milan; Verdi's Alzira and Donizetti's Il diluvio universale (dvd recording) at Theater St. Gallen; Le siege de Corinthe for the Rossini in Wildbad Festival (cd recording), a Recital at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
Among her future engagements: Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, Omaggio a Giuditta Pasta in Stuttgart, Rossini's Stabat Mater in Wildbad (cd recording), Rossini's La gazza ladra (Ninetta) in Verona.