Cork-born soprano Kim Sheehan, “sporting a super voice” (Opera Now), has sung many of the roles in the coloratura repertoire in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland, working with companies including the Royal Opera House, London, Zürich Opera House and Wexford Festival Opera. She makes her Irish National Opera debut as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
She has been praised for her “outstanding” interpretation of Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos (in Der Landbote), an “utterly brilliant” (The Arts Desk) and “truly star-blazing” (Osterländer Volkszeitung) Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with a voice that “sets the pulse racing” (Financial Times) and which shone “like the many fires of a diamond.” (Forum Opéra)
She made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden singing Diana in the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Diana and Actaeon, part of Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, a collaboration between the Royal Opera, Royal Ballet and the National Gallery, in which she was described by the New York Times as “excellent”.
She won the Michael McNamara Gold Medal and graduated with distinction from the DIT Conservatory of Music, Dublin, before taking up a scholarship at the Royal College of Music’s Benjamin Britten International Opera School, London. From there she continued on to the prestigious International Opera Studio at Zürich Opera House.
In 2015, when she was a member of Opera Theatre Company’s OTC OPERA HUB, she initiated a production of Poulenc’s The Human Voice which premiered at Kilkenny Arts Festival and later went on nationwide tour. She performed the sung role in Company Philip Connaughton’s Extraterrestrial Events at the Dublin Dance Festival with music written by Michael Gallen. She writes with experimental project Second Moon of Winter signed to Denovali records and her project All That Is Sound aims to use the voice not just as a performance tool but as a meditative one also.