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Keiron Cooke

Keiron Cooke

Associate Director


Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

About Ava

Irish soprano Ava Dodd studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music. She won the Yves Paternot Award at the Verbier Festival in 2023. As a Karaviotis Scholar and an Eva Klenitz Scholar, she achieved a first-class honours grade in both degrees.

Highlights in her 2023/24 season include débuts with the English National Opera as Second Niece (Peter Grimes) and Rosina (The Barber of Seville) and the Opéra national de Lorraine as Fenimore in Kurt Weill's Der Silbersee. She also returns to the Wexford Festival as Sonia in Camille Erlanger’s L’Aube rouge.

Elsewhere she has sung Waldvögel (Siegfried), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Mirjam in the world premiere of Bernard Land's opera HIOB, and Carmina Burana for the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, where she was a member of the ensemble in the 2022/23 season.

Ava is based in Dublin

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Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

Season Highlights

Sep 2023 - Oct 2023
English National Opera
Britten Peter Grimes (Second Niece) Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
Oct 2023 - Nov 2023
Wexford Festival
Erlanger – L’aube rouge (Sonia) Guillaume Tourniaire (conductor)
Dec 2023
Oper Frankfurt
Aida (Voice of the High Priestess)


Selected Repertoire

Mahler Symphony No.4


  • The Barber of Seville (Rosina)

    English National Opera
    Feb 2024
    • Ava Dodd [...] made a huge impression. If initially her upper register felt a touch hard, that evened out as the evening progressed; more importantly, she has all the agility Rosina requires, delivering a standout ‘Una voce poco fa’ in the first act. Even better, her soprano voice extends down to the lower reaches perfectly (Rosina can also be sung by a mezzo-soprano, but Dodd seems to be the best of both words). I look forward very much to encountering Ava Dodd onstage again.