Biography

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Long considered one of the finest sopranos of her generation, Dublin-born soprano Sandra Oman was the 2004 recipient of the Margaret Burke Sheridan Memorial Award for her contribution to opera in Ireland.  Born in the heart of the Liberties, Dublin, she graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music, Dublin with the Ely O'Carroll Gold Medal, the Conservatory's highest award.  While there, her teachers were Edith Forrest and Alison Young.  Since then, she has studied with the late Graziella Sciutti in London and for many years now, her singing teacher has been none other than her husband, Conor Farren.  She further has a degree in Italian and French from University College, Dublin.   Having won major awards at all the national festivals, she reached the final stages of the National Mozart Competition in the United Kingdom.                         

Sandra has performed extensively in opera and concert in Ireland, UK, USA, Italy, Faroe Islands, Latvia and Poland at venues including the National Opera House, Riga, St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York and the Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw.  She has sung principal roles in The Marriage of Figaro,  Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Idomeneo, Semele, Mitridate, Die Zauberflote, Rigoletto, La Boheme,Turandot, Suor Angelica, Carmen, La Cenerentola, Die Fledermaus, Aida, Die Lustige Witwe, The Pirates of Penzance, Hansel and Gretel, Nabucco, La Traviata, Norma, Jenufa, A Streetcar named Desire, Der Vampyr and L’Elisir d’Amore for companies including Opera Holland Park (UK), Longborough Festival Opera (UK), Opera Project (UK), Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Lismore Music Festival, Co-Opera Ireland, Cork Opera 2005, Opera in the Open, Opera Interludes (UK), Opera at Castalia. A favourite with Opera Ireland at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, she performed principal roles with them in twelve different seasons, including roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cosi Fan Tutte, La Cenerentola, Dead Man Walking, A Streetcar named Desire, Don Carlo, Macbeth, Jenufa, Norma, Die Zauberflote, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly.

In review, her role of Helena in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream for Opera Ireland was hailed "outstanding" by Opera Now magazine.  The New York Metropolitan Opera's magazine Opera News declared "Oman, recipient of the prestigious Margaret Burke-Sheridan Memorial Award in 2004, particularly strikes me as a talent to watch", while L'Opera (Italy) stated that she "demonstrated a big interpretive talent". Opera News (USA) declared that her Marcellina for Lismore Festival Opera was “one of the evening’s comic highlights” and in June 2016, Michael Dervan stated that she "excelled" in the role of Despina Cosi Fan Tutte for Lismore Opera Festival. 

In the field of classical crossover, Sandra has performed as guest artist with the Celtic Tenors, at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, University Concert Hall, Limerick, Cork Opera House and also in the National Opera House, Riga, Latvia. She was the soprano soloist in the hugely successful South African Ballet Company’s "Queen at the Ballet" which ran for two weeks at The O2, Dublin and over the last five years has toured Ireland with the highly successful Mario Lanza tribute "The Loveliest Night of the Year", hailed by Lanza’s daughter, Elissa as “the greatest tribute to my father that I have seen”.  She has appeared on the Late Late Show, has performed in concert with both the National Symphony Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra and has sung as soprano soloist with virtually all of Ireland's major choral societies - Dublin County Choir, Culwich Choral Society, Goethe Institue, Guinness Choir, Bray Choral Society, Lassus Scholars, East Cork Choral Society - in works ranging from Bach to Rutter.  

Engagements in 2016 on the operatic stage saw Sandra reprise a role which she has long been associated with, Despina in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte for Lismore Music Festival, her assoication continuing with them into 2017. She also sang the role of Rosalinda in Opera in the Open's performance of Strauss' Die Fledermaus and Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Concert work included recitals at the National Concert Hall, the Boyle Arts Festival and Castletown House, Kildare and starred alongside British tenor Alexander James Edwards in Nessun Dorma: The Life and Music of Luciano Pavarotti at the National Concert Hall in September.  In October, she will appear in The Loveliest Night of the Year, the multiple sell-out concert honouring the career of Mario Lanza.  Her association in concert with Red Hurley also continues this winter, at the National Concert Hall and Limerick.  Sandra starred with Red Hurley and Welsh-tenor and television personality Aled Jones in a week-long concert run of How Great Thou Art at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin and nationwide.  In February 2017, she will once again star in "Will You Remember? - a celebration of MGM legends Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy" at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, following a sell-out performance in August of 2016 and in Nessun Dorma: The Life and Music of Luciano Pavarotti, at the National Concert Hall in May 2017. 

In September 2015, Sandra launched her debut solo album LIBERTY at a Sold Out launch at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.  The album quickly shot to Number One in the iTunes Vocal Album Charts and, most unusually for a classical artist, went to Number 4 in the Top Album Charts, only to be surpassed by Adele, Justin Bieber and One Direction!  On the back of this success, Sandra is very excited to release her second album, a Christmas compilation entitled Noël, in October, 2016