Northern Irish soprano Aoife Miskelly studied at the Royal Academy of Music’s opera school. During her time as a student, she was a Kathleen Ferrier finalist, a Samling Scholar and won a BBC NI Young Artists Platform Award.
From 2014, she was part of the Oper Köln ensemble, singing Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, the title role in Marius Felix Lange’s Schneewitchen (Snow White), Valencienne in Lehár’s Die lustige Witwe, Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Eliza in Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady and Harey in Detlev Glanert’s Solaris. Before that, as a member of the Oper Köln studio, she gave main stage performances of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Servilia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Blumenmädchen in Wagner’s Parsifal.
She has sung The Woman in Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s The Last Hotel, and Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal Opera, London; for La Monnaie/Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, she recently sang Thérèse in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias. For NI Opera, she has sung Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto, and Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. She sang Cecily Cardew in the Irish premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of being Earnest for Wide Open Opera and last year she sang the title role to great critical acclaim in Opera North’s new production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden.
She makes her Irish National Opera debut as Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in April, and sings Susanna in the same opera at the Nevill Holt Opera festival in June.