INO Announces Elaine Kelly as Resident Conductor

Wednesday, 27 October, 2021
Elaine Kelly Conductor

INO is delighted to announce that is has appointed Elaine Kelly to the new position of Resident Conductor. In this role, she will work as conductor, assistant conductor and chorus director in INO productions from 2021 to 2023.

Kelly is a multi-award-winning choral and orchestral conductor. Most recently, she was musical director of the University of Limerick Orchestra (2019-2021) and the Dublin Symphony Orchestra (2017-2019), and she has also worked with orchestras including the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Cork Concert Orchestra. From 2019 to 2021, she participated in INO’s ABL Aviation Opera Studio.

Commenting on the appointment, Ms Kelly said: “I am thrilled to be joining the team of Irish National Opera as Resident Conductor. The past two years as conductor on the ABL Aviation Opera Studio have been extraordinary and have provided me with a wealth of experience and opportunities. INO is such a young, dynamic, inspiring and innovative company; I am looking forward to continuing my work with them and excited for all the possibilities and collaborations over the coming years.”

INO’s Executive Director, Diego Fasciati added: “As Irish National Opera develops and grows, it is producing a wider variety and greater number of operas. The new role of Resident Conductor reflects this growth and development, and also the company’s investment in a new generation of operatic leaders.

“Elaine is a hugely talented conductor. She joined our artistic development programme, the ABL Aviation Opera Studio, as a conductor in 2019 and has since worked with us on numerous productions. In an industry where the percentage of male conductors remains disproportionately high, we are delighted to welcome Elaine as INO’s first Resident Conductor and a key member of the company’s artistic team. We look forward to working together on many high-quality, engaging and accessible productions.”

Elaine will conduct INO's upcoming tour of The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies.