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.
Cast as Mirinda
Experience Baroque music by candlelight in Kasper Holten’s innovative production of Cavalli’s comic opera L'Ormindo, in collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe.
JPYA Summer Performance
Cast as Dorabella (Così fan tutte)
The Royal Opera's stars of tomorrow take to the stage with the first acts of Donizetti's La Favorite and Mozart's Così fan tutte.
News and features
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.