Cork mezzo-soprano Niamh O’Sullivan, known for her “bewitchingly beautiful, dark and present voice” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin under Veronica Dunne and is a multiple prize winner in various competitions. She is making her Irish National Opera debut in Madama Butterfly. Other stage appearances include Dritte Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Secretary in Menotti’s The Consul, Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and, in German-language productions, Prostitute in Janáček’s Aus einem Totenhaus (From the House of the Dead), Sister in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Barena in Janáček’s Jenůfa. She has also appeared in concert in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavavlier at Carnegie Hall, New York, under Kirill Petrenko, and in Cousser’s The Applause of Mount Parnassus at the Wigmore Hall, London, with Ensemble Marsyas under Peter Whelan. Engagements for season 2018/19 include Prostitute in Aus einem Totenhaus under Simone Young and Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Bavarian State Opera, and Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Cork Operatic Society. Her upcoming concert and oratorio schedule includes Elgar‘s Sea Pictures at the Prinzregententheater in Munich in July 2019.