Sinéad O’Kelly is a mezzo-soprano from Belfast and is currently a young artist at the National Opera Studio in London. Before this, she trained at the Royal College of Music in London, where she graduated in 2014 (First Class Honours Degree) and again in 2016 (Masters with Distinction). She studies privately with Ben Johnson.
For the 2016/17 season, Sinéad was a young artist with NI Opera and a BBCNI Young Musicians' Platform Award Holder, making many appearances with the Ulster Orchestra. Sinéad is NI Opera’s ‘Voice of 2013’ having won the main prize and the audience prize at the 2013 Festival of Voice, Glenarm. She made her Royal Albert Hall solo debut singing ‘Persephone’ in the world premiere of John Barber’s oratorio Seven Seeds. Sinéad is also a keen advocate of Song repertoire and was recently featured in the London Song Festival and the Oxford Lieder Festival. She is the 2013 winner of the Courtney Kenny English Song Award, attained 2nd place in the RCM’s 2014 Joan Chisell Schumann Competition and won the Schubert Song Prize at the 2015 International Mozart Competition.
On the stage, Sinéad made her professional debut singing ‘First Lady’ in NI Opera’s 2014 autumn tour of The Magic Flute. Other roles include 'Dorabella' (Cosi fan Tutte), 'Rosina' (Il barbiere di Siviglia), 'Cherubino' (Le Nozze di Figaro), 'Sesto' (Giulio Cesare), 'Popova' (The Bear), 'Marina' (Boris Godunov), ‘Papagena’ (Die Zauberflöte), ‘Dido’ (Dido and Anaeas), ‘Nerone’ (L’incoronazione di Poppea), ‘Galatea’ (Acis and Galatea) and ‘Gianetta’ (The Elixir of Love). Sinéad has also participated in masterclasses with Joyce DiDonato, Sarah Connolly, Dame Ann Murray, Susan Bullock and Rebecca Evans.
Recent performances include 'Sesto' (Giulio Cesare) for NOS@Opera North with Chris Alden and David Bates, 'Jordan' (The Great Gatsby) and 'Joanne' (Company) in Keith Warner's 'Americana' for NOS, and Will Todd's 'Mass in Blue' with David Hill and the Will Todd Trio. For the 2018/19 season, Sinéad will be a member of the International Opera Studio at Zürich Opera, and will sing Rosina in the Studio production of 'Il barbiere di Siviglia' directed by Johannes Pölzgutte.