Jette Parker Young Artist
Irish mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly joined The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artist Programme in the 2013/14 Season. In her first Season she sings Second Esquire (Parsifal), Mercédès (Carmen) and Javotte (Manon) on the main stage, Cat (El gato con botas) in the Linbury Studio Theatre in Meet the Young Artists Week and Mirinda (L’Ormindo) with The Royal Opera at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe.
Kelly was born in Ireland and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. She continues to study with Janice Chapman. She is a Samling Scholar and a Solti Accademia Young Artist, and won the Bernadette Greevy Competition. Her operatic appearances with Royal Academy Opera included Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict), Wu (Maxwell Davies’s Kommilitonen!, world premiere) and Fanny Price (Dove’s Mansfield Park).
As a recitalist Kelly has performed at venues including the Carnegie Hall, St Petersburg Academy of Arts, Wexford Festival Opera House and the National Concert Hall, Dublin. She has sung with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and recorded with New World Records.
JPYA Summer Performance
Cast as Dorabella (Così fan tutte)
The Royal Opera’s stars of tomorrow take to the main stage in a showcase performance, the culmination of all their hard work over the Season.
I due Foscari
Cast as Pisana
A despairing father is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city in Verdi's searing early tragedy.
Il turco in Italia
Cast as Zaida
Rossini's irresistible comedy glows with Fellini-esque glamour in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's sun-drenched production.
Cast as Flora Bervoix
Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told in Richard Eyre’s production.
News and features
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Jette Parker Young Artists on why recitals are as important as singing on stage.
Irish mezzo-soprano replaces Nadezhda Karyazina due to illness.
Scheme supports development of young singers through coaching, singing smaller roles and covering larger parts.