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Rachel Kelly

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Rachel Kelly in action.
Rachel Kelly in El gato con botas, Meet the Young Artists Week, The Royal Opera ©Catherine Ashmore, 2013

Irish mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme 2013–15. During this time her roles included Second Esquire (Parsifal), Mercédès (Carmen), Javotte (Manon), Pisana (I due Foscari), Zaida (Il turco in Italia) and Flora Bervoix (La traviata) on the main stage, Cat (El gato con botas) in the Linbury Studio Theatre in Meet the Young Artists Week, Mirinda (L’Ormindo) at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, and Proserpina (Orfeo) at the Roundhouse. Roles since leaving the Programme include Mercédès.

Kelly studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio, and 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). Engagements since leaving the Programme include Catherine (The Devil Inside, world premiere) for Scottish Opera.

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.

Videos

News and features

Operalia 2015 quarter-finalists announced

Operalia 2015 quarter-finalists announced

26 May 2015

The ROH will host the finals for the first time this year, with the shortlist featuring three Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artists.

Young Artist Profile: Rachel Kelly - 'You can only really learn through experience’

Young Artist Profile: Rachel Kelly - 'You can only really learn through experience’

12 January 2015

The Irish mezzo-soprano on the challenges and rewards of being a Jette Parker Young Artist, and performing in a very unique production of Orfeo at the Roundhouse.

Watch: How to sing Rossini with Mark Elder

Watch: How to sing Rossini with Mark Elder

18 November 2014

Conductor Mark Elder and mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly explore the music of Rossini through Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Photos

Rachel Kelly as Marguerite in excerpts from La Damnation de Faust, Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance

Anush Hovhannisyan as Frasquita, Kostas Smoriginas as Escamillo and Rachel Kelly as Mercedes in Carmen

Rachel Kelly

Kiandra Howarth as Fiordiligi and Rachel Kelly as Dorabella in the JPYA Summer Performance

Rachel Kelly as Dorabella in the JPYA Summer Performance

Rachel Kelly as Dorabella in the JPYA Summer Performance

Rachel Kelly in El gato con botas, Meet the Young Artists Week, The Royal Opera

Anush Hovhannisyan and Rachel Kelly in rehearsal for El gato con botas

Rachel Kelly and Callum Thorpe in Orfeo

Rachel Kelly as the Cat in El Gato con Botas

Barry Banks as Don Narciso, Thomas Allen as Prosdocimo, Rachel Kelly as Zaida and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Selim in Il turco in Italia, The Royal Opera

Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, Kiandra Howarth as Fiordiligi, Rachel Kelly as Dorabella, David Butt Philip as Ferrando and Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso in the JPYA Summer Performance

Kiandra Howarth as Fiodiligi, Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, David Butt Philip as Ferrando and Rachel Kelly as Dorabella in the JPYA Summer Performance

Rachel Kelly as the Cat in El gato con botas

Rachel Kelly as Dorabella in the JPYA Summer Performance

Rachel Kelly

William Shimell as De Brétigny, Nadezhda Karyazina as Rosette, Rachel Kelly as Javotte, Simona Mihai as Poussette and Christophe Mortagne as Guillot de Morfontaine in Manon

Rachel Kelly in rehearsal for El gato con botas, Meet the Young Artists Week

Rachel Kelly and Luis Gomes in rehearsal for El gato con botas

Rachel Kelly in rehearsal for El gato con botas

Ed Lyon, Rachel Kelly, Susanna Hurrell and Samuel Boden in L'Ormindo

Rachel Kelly as Dorabella, Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, Dušica Bijelić as Despina, Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso, David Butt Philip as Ferrando and Kiandra Howarth as Fiordiligi in the JPYA Summer Performance

Jette Parker Young Artists Kiandra Howarth, Rachel Kelly, Luis Gomez, Samuel Sakker at the 2014/15 cinema launch

Lauren Fagan as Mlle Jouvenot, Rachel Kelly as Mlle Dangeville, Yuriy Yurchuk as Michonnet, James Platt as Quinault and Luis Gomes as Poisson in excerpts from Adriana Lecouvreur, Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2015

Luis Gomes as the Miller and Rachel Kelly as the Cat in El gato con botas

Rachel Kelly as the Cat with puppeteer Rui Rodrigues in El gato con botas

Rachel Kelly in L'Ormindo

Rachel Kelly as Javotte, Nadezhda Karyazina as Rosette, Simona Mihai as Poussette and Christophe Mortagne as Guillot de Morfontaine in Manon