Naomi Louisa O’Connell | Mezzo-soprano


Naomi Louisa O’Connell

20 Shots of Opera


Naomi, who has been hailed by The New York Times as “radiant,” made her professional debut in 2012 starring on the West End in Terrence McNally’s play Master Class. Her work encompasses both theatrical and operatic repertoire, ranging from straight plays to operas to sound installations. Notable roles include the title role in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Oper Frankfurt), Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Welsh National Opera, Atlanta Opera), Offenbach’s La Périchole (Garsington Opera), Beaumarchais’s Rosine (McCarter Theatre), and Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande—both Maeterlinck’s play and Debussy’s opera—with the Cincinnati Symphony. Her recent engagements include creating the role of Mrs Van Buren in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center Theater, a development of the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater commissioning program. Lauded by The New York Times as “a natural in the recital format” for her Carnegie Hall debut recital, “Witches, Bitches, and Women in Britches” at Weill Recital Hall (presented as winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild International Competition,) she has performed across the USA. Her recordings have been broadcast on PBS, WQXR, Met LiveArts, BBC Three, and RTÉ lyric fm. Naomi was brought up in the Burren, Co. Clare, and studied in Ireland with Archie Simpson and Mary Brennan. She is a proud graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Juilliard School, and is most grateful to be a professional storyteller. She made her sensational Irish National Opera debut last year in Brian Irvine and Netia Jones's Least Like The Other, Searching for Rosemary Kennedy at Galway International Arts Festival.