Catherine Donnelly is a soprano from County Down. She was an Associate Artist with Northern Ireland Opera in 2020-21 and was showcased in the company’s Northern Songs series. She made her INO debut as First Bridesmaid in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in 2018, just months before she graduated from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with first class honours in the Master of Music (Performance) degree. She took part in the 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition and has won several awards including the audience prize at Northern Ireland Opera’s Festival of Voice in 2018. Her roles include the title role in Balfe’s The Sleeping Queen (a DIT production at the National Concert Hall) and Daniel in Handel’s Susanna. She has given recitals at Boyle Arts Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival and Newry Chamber Music. She is an experienced performer of sacred music, and made her solo debut at the age of twelve singing Mendelssohn’s O for the wings of a dove with the Charles Wood Singers. She has been a soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C and Handel’s Messiah with Armagh City Choir, and in Fauré’s Messe basse, Mozart’s Laudate Dominum and Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols with St Peter’s Cathedral Choir in Belfast. She will cover the role of Elisabetta in INO’s 2022 production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. Catherine is mother to two boys and, having studied medicine as an undergraduate, she works as a doctor in care of the elderly in Northern Ireland.