Soprano Aoife O’ Connell was born in Co. Wicklow, Ireland and graduated from a Masters in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she was a finalist in the Ian Stoutzker Prize for the Best Performer. In 2010 she graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music with a first class honours BA degree in Music Performance and in 2011 she received an M.Phil in Theatre and Performance from Trinity College, Dublin.
Operatic experience in 2016 includes Fiordiligi in The Birgitta Festival’s 2016 production of Cosí fan tutte, Adina in Opra Cymru’s Welsh language version of L’elisir d’amore and a Witch in Iford Arts production of Macbeth. Other operatic experience includes Pamina in RWCMD’s and Young Opera Venture’s The Magic Flute, Fido in WNYO’s production of Paul Bunyan on the Donald Gordon stage of the Wales Millenium Centre, Controller in RWCMD’s Flight by Jonathan Dove, Lucia (cover) in RWCMD’s Rape of Lucretia, Diana in Opera r’Ddraig’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Venus in Sforza Baroque’s Venus and Adonis, Bridesmaid in RWCMD’s Marriage of Figaro, Damon in Opera r Ddraig’s Acis and Galatea and a nymph in Opera Theatre Company’s Acis and Galatea.
Aoife also has extensive experience as an oratorio and concert singer. Most recently she part in a New Year’s gala concert with Sheffield Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed inDordrecht, 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 2013. On the oratorio platform she has sung as a soprano soloist in pieces 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.