Cast spotlight: Ailish Tynan
Irish soprano Ailish Tynan is singing her first Mimì in La Bohème next summer.
Ailish has previously sung Gretel Hänsel und Gretel for Royal Opera, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera, Madame Podtotshina’s Daughter in Shostakovich’s The Nose and Marzelline Fidelio at The Royal Opera.
Ailish was Vixen in our 2009 production of The Cunning Little Vixen.
Ailish tolds us what she gets up to offstage:
“I love cycling! I hadn’t been on a bike since I was 11 years old up until about 4 years ago when I was asked to do a sponsored cycle from Oxford to London for Help The Musicians. It was the last thing in the world I wanted to do but I didn’t want to let this brilliant charity down so I said yes. I was sure that I could do the 60 miles on an old mountain bike in the shed but my husband, who is a great cyclist, laughed at me and soon I had a very fancy road bike and enough Lycra to kit out team GB. I started training and I realised that I absolutely loved cycling; it’s been a great passion ever since. I never got to do the cycle as during training I realised I was pregnant and I had to stop; as soon as I could I was back on my bike with my baby Daisy in tow! It’s also a brilliant way for me to get to spend time with my husband. He’s principal Bass Trombone at the Royal Opera House and we often cycle in to the opera house together.
In 2017, I had my little baby Daisy and she’s now the grand old age of two and a half. She loves to sing and is a great woman for the chat. I also have a little Jack Russell called Jack and between the two of them most days result in a long trip to the park. Daisy and I find every opportunity to go to any farms to feed the animals.
I also love eating out. Who doesn’t? My favourite restaurant is probably Sally Clarke’s in Kensington and I love going there for a special occasion or any excuse”.