Belfast-born Sinéad O’Kelly studied for six years as a soprano at the Royal College of Music in London, graduating with both a First Class BMus (Hons) degree and a Masters with Distinction in Vocal Performance. After leaving, she made the decision to re-train as a mezzo-soprano. Sinéad was a member of the NI Opera Young Artists’ Programme for the 2016/17 season, covering Donna Elvira in their production of Don Giovanni (dir. Oliver Mears) and studying the role of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Previous roles include First Lady The Magic Flute (NI Opera), Papagena Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS), Gianetta The Elixir of Love (Nevill Holt Opera), Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande (cover ETO) and creating the role of Persephone in John Barber’s world premiere of Seven Seeds at RAH. Sinéad has appeared as a recitalist at the Oxford Lieder Festival, York Late Music Festival and the London Song Festival. She is the 2013 winner of the Courtney Kenny Award and the NI Opera Festival of Voice. She came 2nd place in RCM’s Joan Chisell Schumann Competition and won the Schubert Song Prize at the 2015 International Mozart Competition. Throughout her studies, she has been kindly supported by the David Ross Foundation, the Henry Wood Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust and the NI Arts Council, for whom she was a Young Musicians’ Platform Award Holder for 2015/16. Sinéad is taking up a place at the International Opera School in Zurich from September 2018.