Irish mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly has already attracted considerable attention as a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Last season she earned unanimous praise for her portrayal of the Cat in El gato con botas (Puss in Boots) at the Linbury Theatre, with The Telegraph describing her performance as “a special delight”. Rachel also made a noted debut on the Royal Opera House main stage as Mercédès (Carmen) and followed this with performances as Second Esquire (Parsifal) and Javotte (Manon). She also appeared as Mirinda in Kasper Holten’s production of L’Ormindo conducted by Christian Curnyn, which marked the first ever collaboration between the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe.
Rachel’s current season highlights with the Royal Opera House include Pisana (I due Foscari), Proserpina (Orfeo, at the Roundhouse, Camden), Mirinda (L’Ormindo, at Shakespeare’s Globe), Zaida (Il turco in Italia) and Flora Bervoix (La traviata) as well as the preparation and understudy of Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia).
A graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio, Rachel’s operatic experience additionally includes Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) for Lismore Music Festival, and – for Royal Academy Opera – Beatrice in John Copley’s production of Béatrice et Bénédict conducted by Sir Colin Davis, Fanny Price in the London premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park and Wu in the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen
In recital, Rachel Kelly has appeared at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the St Petersburg Academy of Arts, Wexford Opera House, the Oxford Lieder Festival, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin. She makes her Wigmore Hall debut this season with the Samling Scholars. Rachel has performed Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and she has recorded both Rogers’s Dearest Enemy and Herbert’s Eileen with the Orchestra of Ireland for New World Records.
Rachel has taken part in master classes with Sir Antonio Pappano, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ann Murray, Richard Bonynge, Graham Johnson, Ileana Cotrubas and Sir Thomas Allen, and recently featured in the Royal Opera House master class with Joyce DiDonato which was broadcast internationally in cinemas. In addition to her work with the Royal Opera House, Rachel Kelly is a Samling Artist, a Solti Accademia Young Artist and recipient of the 2012 Bernadette Greevy Bursary Award from the National Concert Hall, Dublin.