Irish mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly joined The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artist Programme in the 2013/14 Season and has since sung Second Esquire (Parsifal), Mercédès (Carmen), 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. In the 2014/15 Season she sings Pisana (I due Foscari), Zaida (Il turco in Italia) and Flora Bervoix (La traviata) on the main stage, Proserpina (Orfeo) at the Roundhouse and Mirinda at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
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.
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The ROH will host the finals for the first time this year, with the shortlist featuring three Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artists.
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.
Conductor Mark Elder and mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly explore the music of Rossini through Il barbiere di Siviglia.