Naomi Louisa O’Connell | Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano

Naomi Louisa O’Connell

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Biography

Naomi Louisa O’Connell, 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, opposite Tyne Daly. She is a singer, actress and cabaret artist and her recent engagements include Elgar's The Music Makers and Bernstein's Songfest at Carnegie Hall, an off-Broadway run of A Child's Christmas in Wales at the Irish Repertory Theatre, and a reprisal of her sold-out cabaret The Cheater's Almanac, presented by New York's Neue Galerie.

She has performed three operatic world premieres in the past year, including MARY MOTORHEAD by Emma O'Halloran, and RUN by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid. 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 the play and opera — with the Cincinnati Symphony. She was 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, she has performed across the USA and her recordings have been broadcast on PBS, WQXR, Met LiveArts, BBC Three, and RTÉ lyric fm. She was brought up in Co. Clare, and studied in Ireland with Archie Simpson and Mary Brennan, and is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and The Juilliard School. She is currently based in New York City and divides her time between the recital platform, and the theatre and opera stages.