Sinéad O’Kelly is a mezzo-soprano from Belfast and is a recent alumna of the International Opera Studio at Zurich Opera House. She has recently been named one of the Rising Stars of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and will appear regularly as a soloist with the OAE in the coming season. In the 2018-19 season she made two role debuts in Zurich, singing Amando in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre and Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. She made five role debuts in the 2019-20 season, as Flora in Verdi’s La traviata, Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Sandmann in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Mércèdes in Bizet’s Carmen, all for Zurich Opera House. Her critically acclaimed appearance as Ottone in Griselda in October 2019 was her Irish National Opera debut. She was NI Opera’s Voice of 2013, having won the main prize and the audience prize at the 2013 Festival of Voice, Glenarm, and was a NI Arts Council Award Holder in 2015-16. She made her Royal Albert Hall solo debut in 2015 singing Persephone in the world premiere of John Barber’s oratorio Seven Seeds. In 2018 she won the Dramatic Cup and the Gervase Elwes competition at the Feis Ceoil, the Navan Festival Young Opera Award and the Bernadette Greevy Award from the National Concert Hall, where she returned in February 2020 to make her debut recital.