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Desmond Havlin

Desmond Havlin is a tenor from Bangor, Northern Ireland and is based in Belfast. Desmond studies singing with operatic bass Graeme Danby. He has sung at a number of high profile choral events; Pope Francis’ Mass at Phoenix Park, Dublin (sang in the Core Choir under Dr John O’Keefe, 2018) The Queen’s memorial service in St Anne’s Cathedral (sang with Priory Singers under Philip Bolton, 2022), Andrea Bocelli’s performance at SSE Arena and a televised appearance in the ITV Christmas Carol service hosted by Kate Middleton (sang with Capella Caeciliana under Matthew Quinn, 2022).

Desmond made his opera debut in Northern Ireland Opera’s production of ‘Tosca’ (Grand Opera House, 2023) as a Chorus Member. He is a member of the NI Opera Chorus Development programme and has performed with the ensemble at a number of events throughout the year. The NIO production of ‘The Juniper Tree’ (Grand Opera House Studio, 2024) will be Desmond’s first operatic character role, performing as The Miller.

Desmond is also a keen dramatic performer having played the role of Joseph K in ‘The Trial’ (Brian Friel Theatre, 2019) for Bruiser Theatre Company. His amateur musical theatre credits include Jean Valjean in “Les Misérables” (Waterfront Studio, 2018) and Curly McLain in “Oklahoma” (Theatre at the Mill, 2023).