Eoghan Desmond is a bass-baritone, composer, and conductor from Cork, currently resident in Dublin, Ireland.
As a choral singer, Eoghan has toured across Europe – and as far away as Japan – in addition to having sung all over Ireland, with such renowned choirs as St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, Chamber Choir Ireland, Resurgam, Anúna (with whom he also appears on the award-winning soundtrack of Diablo III), New Dublin Voices, Tenso Europe Chamber Choir and others. He has also appeared in the opera choruses of Dorset Opera (Aïda, Il Trovatore, Der Fliegende Holländer, Fidelio, La Traviata), Wide Open Opera (Tristan und Isolde, Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Opera Theatre Company (Don Giovanni) and Northern Ireland Opera (Turandot).
He is also an accomplished soloist and recitalist, having sung baritone or bass solos in such classic works as the Requiems of Verdi, Brahms, Mozart, Faure and Duruflé, both the St Matthew and St John passions, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan-Williams’ Hodie and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, in addition to less common works such as Vaughan-Williams Willow-Wood (Irish première). His song repertoire is extensive and covers everything from 16th-century lute songs to song cycles composed especially for him, though he specializes in 20th-century English song.
Eoghan’s music has been performed all over Ireland, by Chamber Choir Ireland, ConTempo String Quartet, Ensemble Avalon, New Dublin Voices, Claire Duff, Malachy Robinson, the Gentlemen of St Patrick’s Cathedral and is also in demand across Europe and the US. He has placed highly in numerous competitions, and in 2015 was awarded the Seán Ó Riada prize for Choral Composition for his piece, Mother Goose’s Melodies. MGM and its sequel, More Mother Goose’s Melodies are published by Sulasol. He is also the recipient of the 2015 Jerome Hynes Young Composer’s Award, for which he composed a setting of Rimbaud’s Phrases, which was premiered by Gemma Ní Bhriain in her Bernadette Greevy Bursary recital. On the back of these wins, he has been commissioned by the RSCM, the National Concert Hall and Recital Music. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the composition of Contemporary Sacred Choral music at the University of Aberdeen.
Eoghan is the founder and director of Dulciana upper voices choir, who are committed to bringing performances of music