Mary Hegarty was born in Cork and studied at the Cork School of Music and at the National Opera Studio in London. She broadcasts regularly with the BBC and RTE and performs frequently on concert and recital platforms throughout Europe.
Recent and future engagements include the Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring for Opera North‚ Buxton Festival Opera and at the Birgitta Festival‚ Tallinn‚ the title role in Bizet’s Fair Maid of Perth at the Buxton Festival‚ Dee O’Hara in Jonathan Dove’s TV opera Buzz on the Moon‚ Gilda in Woody Allen’s movie Match Point and Gretel Hansel and Gretel with Reisopera‚ the title role The Merry Widow in Cork‚ Dorinda Orlando with Opera Theatre Company in Dublin and Ortensia Mirandolina at Garsington in addition to her countless concert appearances‚ which include Schoenberg 2nd String Quartet with RTE Vanbrugh Quartet‚ a gala concert with the Fleischmann Choir and Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra and Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Irish Youth Choir and The New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Mary has appeared as Elvira Italian Girl in Algiers and Norina Don Pasquale for ENO‚ where she has also appeared in The Fairy Queen‚ Ariadne auf Naxos‚ The Magic Flute‚ Peter Grimes‚ Carmen and The Silver Tassie. Roles at Opera North have included Susanna Marriage of Figaro‚ Colombina Jewel Box‚ Laula L’Etoile‚ title role HKGruber’s Gloria and Leonore Masquarade‚ Elisa Il Re Pastore‚ Ninetta Thieving Magpie‚ Lisette La Rondine and Adina L’Elisir d’amore. She sang Fiorilla Il Turco in Italia at Garsington‚ Susanna Figaro for Opera Ireland and Grange Park Opera and Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and at Garsington‚ Adina L’Elisir for Opera Northern Ireland‚ Nanetta Falstaff with City of Birmingham Touring Opera and Cherubino Figaro with Opera Factory‚ Phyllis Iolanthe at Grange Park‚ Flight Controller Flight at the Adelaide Festival‚ with Reisopera in Holland and with Vlaamse Opera‚ 1st Niece Peter Grimes at La Monnaie and in Bilbao‚ Frasquita Carmen at Glyndebourne‚ in Tenerife and on BBC TV‚ Nedda I Pagliacci at the Royal Albert Hall‚ Clorinda La Cenerentola for Opera Zuid‚ Micaela at Castleward and with Opera 2005 in Cork and Francesca Zambello’s production of The Little Prince for BBC. Concerts have been widely varied with such works as Messiah (Royal Albert Hall)‚ Carmina Burana (Barbican and Royal Festival Hall)‚ the premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Eternal Recurrence for BBC Radio3‚ solo recitals in Ireland and a series of large-scale gala concerts with Carl Davis.
Recordings include a solo album A Voice is Calling‚ the title role in Patience and Eurydice Orpheus in the Underworld with the D’Oyly Carte (Sony)‚ Silver Tassie (ENO) and Frasquita Carmen (Chandos). Abroad‚ she has sung in the Batignano and Aix en Provence festivals and Messiah with the Orchestre Nationale de Belgique.