Born in Ireland, Orla Boylan is a graduate of the D. I. T. College of Music in Dublin. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Veronica Dunne Bursary, Ibla Grand Prize and the National Mozart Competition. In 1996 she was a winner in the As. Li. Co. European Operatic Singing Competition and the Ulster Bank Foundation Bursary, and in 1998 she won the Austrian Theatres’ prize and the Graz and Klagenfurt special prizes at the Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna.
She has performed f. e. as Madame Lidoine (Poulenc: The Carmelites) with English National Opera, Donna Anna (Mozart: Don Giovanni) with New York City Opera, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, Sieglinde (Wagner: Die Walküre) with Opera National du Rhin.
At the National Theatre she guest performed Janáček's Jenůfa (2006).Update: 2006