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Rachel Kelly

Jette Parker Young Artist

Biography

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.

Upcoming productions

  • 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.

  • La traviata

    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.

Videos

Joyce DiDonato Masterclass - Rachel Kelly

News and features

  1. Spring/Summer 2013/14 lunchtime recitals

    Spring/Summer 2013/14 lunchtime recitals

    See the future stars of opera for free at the Royal Opera House.

  2. See the opera stars of tomorrow for free at ROH lunchtime recitals

    See the opera stars of tomorrow for free at ROH lunchtime recitals

    Jette Parker Young Artists on why recitals are as important as singing on stage.

  3. Cast change: Rachel Kelly to sing in Carmen on 16 December

    Cast change: Rachel Kelly to sing in Carmen on 16 December

    Irish mezzo-soprano replaces Nadezhda Karyazina due to illness.

  4. Five new singers to join Jette Parker Young Artists Programme

    Five new singers to join Jette Parker Young Artists Programme

    Scheme supports development of young singers through coaching, singing smaller roles and covering larger parts.