Una Barry

Genre: Soprano

Artist Reviews

Una Barry’s rich, dark toned ‘in memoriam aeterna’ could have been a love song from Rusalka itself while her ‘pleni sunt caeli’, rising radiantly out of the gentle Sanctus waltz, was an elating realization of Dvorak’s powerful transition to the weighty, ringing Hosanna.

The Times - Dvorak’s Requiem, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

For all the majestic moments, memories will surely linger on the soaring beauty of the voice of Una Barry.

East Anglian Times - Mendelssohn’s Elijah, St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Soprano Una Barry sang throughout with a moving sincerity, expressing Verdi’s profound emotions with a strength sustained to the end. Her radiant ‘Libera Me’ echoed the confidence of the ‘Ingemisco’. It was an illuminating performance which brought out the full colour and emotion of this masterpiece.

Yorkshire Post - Verdi’s Requiem, York Minister

Soprano Una Barry had a Germanic smoothness of tone, which blended perfectly to make for a genuine Beethoven sound.

Aberdeen Press - Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasia

Una Barry, soprano, has a voice of great beauty, perfectly controlled. She gave a most impressive performance. And her singing of ‘O Divine Redeemer’ will be long remembered.

Llanelli Star - Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise and Gounod’s O Divine Redeemer, Llanelli, South Wales

Soprano soloist, Una Barry, had the lion’s share of the work for she also sang Poulenc’s Gloria earlier in the evening. In her taxing performance of ‘Upon a gloomy night’ she maintained an enviable clarity throughout.

East Anglian Times - Poulenc’s Gloria and Mathias’s Lux Aeterna, Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, Suffolk


Soprano Una Barry pursues a very successful career whereby her extensive repertoire from the baroque right through to the present day, her outstanding musical ability, her vocal versatility and love of words have enabled her to accept solo engagements and broadcasts all over Britain, Ireland and Continental Europe as well as in Australia, Finland, Hong Kong, New York and Kenya.  As the Daily Telegraph reported, Una has a “strong, true lyric soprano voice which is the expression of a marked intelligence and a vivid response”, and her lyric repertoire covers the operatic stage with her time at Kent Opera and Scottish Opera in roles such as The Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, First Lady and Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Aminta in Mozart’s Il Rè Pastore and The Priestess in Gluck’s Iphigenie in Tauris at the Edinburgh International Festival as well as covers of more major roles and working for independent opera companies and operatic concerts.

Una has been the guest soprano for numerous performances abroad of Purcell, Bach and Handel with Pro Cantiones Antiqua, and has also given many well received and interesting song recital programmes, ranging from Purcell to Messiaen through to specifically commissioned contemporary music works.  But it is now in oratorio and concert repertoire for which Una is best known and continues to be in demand in works from Bach’s Passions to Verdi’s Requiem.  In fact, she has sung all the major and the more obscure oratorio works in most British major concert halls and cathedrals.

In Chester Cathedral it was Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis where “her quality of tone resulted in a thrilling performance”. Una also gave performances of Verdi’s Requiem in Glasgow, Hull, Chester Cathedral and Malvern Concert Hall, Bach’s St John Passion at King’s College Cambridge with Stephen Cleobury, and then Rutter’s Requiem and Chilcott’s Requiem with the Hong Kong Choir and Chamber Orchestra in St John’s Cathedral where she also gave song recitals with David Knowles for the Red Square Gallery and two live radio interviews for RTHK’s Radio 3 and Radio 4. Most recently she sang Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Northampton Bach Choir and pianist David Owen Norris as well as Hendrik Andriessen’s Miroir de Peine with the international concert organist, Benjamin Saunders, at both Bradford and Leeds Cathedrals.


For Oratorio & Concert repertoire please scroll down:

Bach CPE Magnificat
Bach JS Cantata No 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen
Cantatas (Various)
Christmas Oratorio
Easter Oratorio
Magnificat (with Christmas Interpolations, First and Second Soprano parts)
Mass in B minor
Mass No 1 in F
Mass No 2 in A
Mass No 4 in G
St John Passion
St Luke Passion
St Matthew Passion
Te Deum in D
Beethoven Choral Fantasis
Mass in C
Missa Solemnis
Symphony No 9
Berkeley Missa Brevis
Berlioz Te Deum
The Childhood of Christ
Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Biber Requiem
Bliss Pastoral
Brahms German Requiem
Liebeslieder Waltzer
Neue Liebeslieder Waltzer
Britten A Ceremony of Carols
A Hymn to the Virgin
Cantata Academica
Hymn to St Cecilia
Missa Brevis
Psalm 150
Rejoice in the Lamb
Spring Symphony
War Requiem
Bruckener Mass in D
Mass in E b
Mass in F minor
Te Deum
Burgon Revelations
Carter Horizons
Charpentier Te Deum
Coleridge-Taylor The Song of Hiawatha
Cornelius Requiem
Stabat Mater
Durufle Requiem (Durufle’s soprano transposition)
Dvorak Mass in D
Stabat Mater
St Ludmila
Te Deum
Dyson  Canterbury Pilgrims
Elgar King Olaf
The Apostles
The Kingdom
The Light of Life
The Spirit of England
Fanshaw African Sanctus
Faure Cantique de Racine
Messe Basse
Finzi Dies Natalis
In Terra Pax
Gounod Messe Sollennelle: St Cecilia
The Redemption
Handel Acis and Galatea
Alexander’s Feast
Chandos Anthem No 5: O Come Let us Sing
Chandos Anthem No 7: My Song shall be Alway
Dettingen Te Deum
Israel in Egypt
Judas Maccabeus (German and English)
Julius Caesar
Laudate Pueri Dominum
Messiah (all available versions)
Ode for St Cecilia’s Day
Psalm 112
Salve Regina
Haazen (arr) Missa Luba
Haydn Creation (In German & English)
Maria Theresa Mass
Missa Brevis in F: Jugendmesse
Missa Cellensis in C: Mariazellermesse
Missa de St Joannis de Deo: Little Organ Mass
Missa di Tempore Belli: Paukenmesse
Missa Sancti Nicolai
Nelson Mass
Stabat Mater
The Seasons
Haydn M Requiem
Hedges I Sing the birth: Canticles for Christmas opus 100
Honegger King David
Howells Hymnus Paradisi
Hummel Mass in Bb, Op 77
Janacek Glagolitic Mass
Otčenáš (Our Father)
Liszt The Legend of St Elisabeth
Mahler Symphony No 2
Symphony No 4
Mathias Lux Aeterna
Mendelssohn Elijah
Hear ny Prayer
Hymn of Praise
St Paul
Milner, Anthony Roman Spring
Mozart Davide Penitente
Litaniae Lauretanae, K195
Litaniae de Venerabili Altaris Sacramento K125
Litaniae de Venerabili Altaris Sacramento K243
Exsultate Jubilate
Mass in C: Coronation, KV317
Mass in C: Dominicus, K66
Mass in C, in Honour of the Blessed Trinity
Mass in C Minor, K427  – (all available versions, and both first and second soprano parts)
Miss Brevis in C: Spazenmesse K220
Missa Brevis in D Minor: K65
Missa Brevis in G: K49
Missa Solemnis in C minor:
Regina Coeli
Requiem in D Minor, K626 –
(all available versions and editions)
Solemn Vespers for a Confessor: Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339
Solemn Vespers for Sunday: Vesperae de Dominica), K321
Waisenhausmesse, K 139
Mussorgsky St Nicholas Mass
Parry Blest Pair of Sirens
Paterson Millennium Mass
Pehkonen Russian Requiem
Pergolesi Magnificat
Stabat Mater
Poulenc Gloria
Stabat Mater
Purcell Come Ye Sons of Art
Dido and Aeneas (Dido)
Funeral Music for Queen Mary
King Arthur
The Fairy Queen
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Stabat Mater
Rubbra  Festival Te Deum
Rutter Magnificat
Saint-Saëns Mass Op 4
Oratorio de Noël, Op 12
Schubert Magnificat in C
Mass in A flat
Mass in C
Mass in Eb
Mass in G
Stabat Mater
Schütz The Christmas Story
Ps 98: Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied
Stanford Requiem
Te Deum
Stravinsky Mass
Les Noces
Sullivan The Golden Legend
Tippett A Child or our Time
Vaughan Williams A Cotswold Romance
Dona Nobis Pacem
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Hugh the Drover
Mass in G Minor
Pilgrim’s Progress
Sea Symphony
Serenade to Music
Verdi  Requiem
Vivaldi Dixit Dominus
Gloria (both versions)
Weber  Mass in G
Artist: Una Barry
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Soprano