Rachel Kelly is a graduate of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s Jette Parker Young Artist Programme where she attracted considerable attention for her portrayals of Zaida (Il turco in Italia) conducted by Evelino Pidò, Javotte (Manon) conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, Mercédès (Carmen) conducted by Alexander Joel, and Pisana (I due Foscari) conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. Her performance as Mirinda in Kasper Holten’s L’Ormindo conducted by Christian Curnyn was singled out by Opera Today for its “rich sensuality of voice” and “glowing warmth”, and she earned unanimous praise for Proserpina (Orfeo) at London’s Roundhouse.
Current season highlights include Isolier (Le Comte Ory) with both Opéra de Rennes and Opéra de Rouen Normandie and she makes her debut at Teatro Real in the roles of L’Eternità and Giunone in Cavalli’s La Calisto, conducted by Ivor Bolton. She returns to the Ulster Orchestra for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem, makes her debut with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester in performances of Rossini’s Sigismondo and gives a solo recital at Wexford Festival Opera.
Recent opera highlights include Idamante (Idomeneo) for Opera di Firenze, Annio (La clemenza di Tito) for Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with Northern Ireland Opera, and Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) for Glyndebourne on Tour. She has also appeared as Medarse (Siroe) for Nationale Reisopera, Nerone (Agrippina) with the Irish Chamber Orchestra under Jonathan Cohen, Sesto (Giulio Cesare) with Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company, and she made her Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut as Annio (La clemenza di Tito). After impressing him in Operalia, Rachel Kelly was invited to make special guest appearance alongside Plácido Domingo in concert at Dublin’s 3Arena.
In concert Rachel has appeared as Virtue (The Choice of Hercules) at the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen under Laurence Cummings, she joined Orchestre de Chambre de Paris under Christopher Franklin as Teresa (La sonnambula) at Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and she’s sung the role of Marguerite (La damnation de Faust) as part of the Leeds International Concert Season. She has appeared with the Ulster Orchestra under Jac van Steen, RTÉNational Symphony Orchestra under Matthew Halls, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Laurence Equilbey and with CBSO and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as Idamante in concert performances of Mozart’s Idomeneo.
Photo: Gerard Collet