Teresa Cahill’s operatic career began at Glyndebourne, where she sang the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and later Alice Ford in Falstaff. She has sung over 100 performances at Covent Garden, including Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie) with Carlos Kleiber, Don Giovanni (Zerline and Elvira) and La Clemenza di Tito (Servilia), which she also sang at La Scala, Milan.
Concert appearances include Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Georg Solti, with Michael Gielen at the Vienna Festival, and with Riccardo Chailly to open the 1987 Berlin Festival; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Colin Davis and the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and Shostakovich’s Symphony no.14 with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and the WDR Cologne Orchestra under Gary Bertini.
Teresa has also sung the Webern cantatas with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Second Symphony with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Mahler’s Fourth with Klaus Tennstedt, Mahler’s Eighth with Eliahu Inbal and Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers in Frankfurt, London and Gutersloh as part of the composer’s 60th birthday celebrations. She also took part in Michael Tippett’s 80th birthday concert performance of A Child of our Time in Houston, Texas, gave the world premiere of the orchestrated The Heart’s Assurance at the Barbican and has sung several performances of Tippett’s Third Symphony, conducted by the composer.
As a recitalist she has specialised in the songs of Richard Strauss and Elgar, and in the field of contemporary music, Richard Rodney Bennett, John Casken, David Blake and Robert Simpson have all written works for her.
Teresa was honored with two achievement awards in 2017: The Elgar Medal (previous winners include Ashkenazy and Barenboim), and the Sir Charles Santley Memorial Award.