Irish soprano Aoife O’Connell has been described as ‘enchanting’ (Wales Online), ‘delightful’ (Seenandheard International) and ‘powerful’ (Theatre in Wales). She has graduated with an MA in Opera Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, a first class honours BA in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and an M.Phil in Theatre and Performance from Trinity College, Dublin. She studied with renowned Irish Soprano Suzanne Murphy.
Most recently Aoife was thrilled to reprise the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte with Constella Ballet. In March, Aoife performed the role of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata in a sold-out performance with the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra as well as jumping in at short notice to the Royal Academy Opera’s production of Flight by Jonathan Dove, playing the role of Controller.
Operatic engagements in 2017 have included singing Queen of the Night with the Opera North orchestra and Opera North’s Orchestra camp players as well as singing the role of Mary for a workshop on Raymond Deane’s new opera Vagabones. Previous operatic experience includes Witch 1 in Verdi’s Macbeth (Iford Arts), Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (Opra Cymru), Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte (Birgitta Festival, RWCMD), Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Cork Opera House, Young Opera Venture and RWCMD), Fido in Britten’s Paul Bunyan (WNYO) and Controller in Dove’s Flight (RWCMD).
Aoife also has extensive experience as an oratorio and concert singer. She has performed in a Gala Performance with Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, in Dordrecht, Amsterdam for Mary Kaptein, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with both the RWCMD chamber orchestra and the RIAM chamber orchestra and was also lucky enough to be part of the Street Chorus in Bernstein’s Mass performed in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. On the oratorio platform she has sung as a soprano soloist in works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Karl Jenkin’s Armed Man, Vaughan Williams’ Hodie and John Rutter’s Mass of the Children amongst others.
Aoife has also had the privilege of performing with many distinguished musicians such as Crispian Steele-Perkins, Benjamin Frith, Suzanne Murphy and Donald Maxwell. In Masterclasses she has worked with Susan Bullock, Ann Murray, Brenda Hurley, Christopher Curnyn, Michael Eliason, Roberta Alexander, John Fisher and Dame Felicity Lott.