Catherine Donnelly is a soprano from County Down. She graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast, with a degree in medicine and works as a community doctor in care of the elderly. She is in her second year studying a Masters in music performance at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Colette McGahon-Tosh and repetiteur Mairéad Hurley. Earlier this year, for the conservatory, she performed the role of Daniel in a dramatic portrayal of Handel’s oratorio Susanna.
She has performed with the chorus of NI Opera in their productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. She joined Opera Theatre Company chorus for the revival of Robert O’Dwyer’s Irish language opera Eithne last October. She has also performed the role of Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in a concert performance with Armagh City Choir.
She is a keen performer of sacred music, she has performed as a soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C, Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Faure’s Messe basse and two of Handel’s most famous oratorios, Messiah and Samson. She joined Belfast’s early music ensemble Sestina last year for their ‘come and sing’ Messiah and again for touring performances of Handel’s Dixit Dominus in April.
Catherine will perform the role of the Queen in DIT’s production of Balfe’s The Sleeping Queen in January in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. She makes her Irish National Opera debut as First Bridesmaid in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in April.