Naomi Louisa O'Connell

singer - ACtor - Presenter

It is a great privilege to be a professional storyteller...

...and there is nothing quite like bringing a story to life on the stage. For me, it began with opera arias around a piano in a house called Lismorahaun in the west of Ireland.

Singing wove its way into every corner of my life: it brought me across the Atlantic to study at Juilliard, it gave me my first professional job on London’s West End, and has led me to explore places and stories I would not have encountered otherwise.

My career is guided by a primary focus on storytelling in whatever form it may take—theater, recital, cabaret, opera—and some of my favorite work has been that which blurs the boundaries between these different art forms...

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"a radiant mezzo-soprano"

Upcoming

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Least Like The Other

Touring September 2021

Naomi reprises her critically-acclaimed performance with Irish National Opera in this fragmented retelling of the story of Rosemary Kennedy.
Touring: O'Reilly Theatre, Dublin: Sep 11th - 18th
Cork: Sep 22nd, Limerick: Sep 25th

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Out of the Ordinary:VR Community Opera

Spring 2022

Naomi performs in Out of the Ordinary, a virtual reality opera built by various communities in Ireland, as part of the EU's TRACTION project.

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Kentucky Opera Online

Fall 2020/Spring 2021

Naomi joins Kentucky Opera in their first online season by producing and presenting a six-episode children's series about music.

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Intimate Apparel

Lincoln CEnter Theater, FEB 2022

Naomi plays the role of Mrs Van Buren in the world premiere of Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center Theater by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage, directed by Bartlett Sher.

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Upcoming

Least Like The Other at Dublin Theatre Festival this September

Naomi reprises her critically-acclaimed performance with Irish National Opera in this fragmented retelling of the story of Rosemary Kennedy.

Conceived by Netia Jones and Brian Irvine, the piece will be adapted for socially-distanced audiences.

Performance dates:
Sep 25, 26, 27, 30
Oct 2, 3, 4
O'Reilly Theatre, Dublin

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“This production has compassion at its core, and a bravura performance by O’Connell gives voice to the girl who was voiceless.”

“O’Connell’s performance was in every respect outstanding. Her acting was intelligently formed, emotionally honest and so finely detailed that she managed to capture even the smallest facial gesture, or movement which elevated her portrayal to the highest level"

"a natural in the recital format, winning over the audience with her rich, silvery voice and charming stage presence."

the New york Times

 "Naomi Louisa O'Connell was the outstanding mezzo-soprano, her voice cool, precisely controlled, and perfect for this music."

The boston globe

"her creamy soprano voice moves easily through operatic color to music theater"

New york THeater guide
The Theatre...is a house of strange enchantment, a temple of dreams...
                     -Noël Coward

A focus on new collaborative works and contemporary opera

Watch a clip of Naomi singing the world premiere of Emma O'Halloran's award-winning monodrama Mary Motorhead.

Classical Repertoire

opera I concert I recital

a gifted interpreter of classical operatic & concert repertoire

O'Connell shaped every phrase and every note in true classical style.
                            -opera news
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Naomi performs Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony with conductor George Stelluto and Orquestra Jovem do Estado at Sala São Paulo, Brazil

ON concert and cabaret stages
Innovative, genre-defying performances spanning repertoire from Ravel to Randy Newman...
                            -Concert ARtists Guild

The Cheater's Almanac

An electrifying cabaret about infidelity, love, lust, and crimes of passion, featuring such firm favorites as How could we be wrong and I'm Unlucky at Gambling by Cole Porter, Je ne t'aime pas by Kurt Weill, and You Can Have Him by Irving Berlin.

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Witches, Bitches & Women in Britches

A critically-acclaimed recital program of sirens and suffragettes, temptresses and kleptomaniacs.

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"a phenomenally versatile, intelligent actress, with the ability to inhabit any role she plays with equal commitment and skill"

operawire

"She's a delight, a fine singer as well as an impressively alert and supple comedienne"

atlanta Journal-constitution

A very engaging and charismatic singer, acclaimed for her sensitivity to the meaning and sound of words and how they connect to music.”

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Featured Presentation

Naomi presents a children's music program recorded for PBS in Peoria, Illinois

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In the Press

Selected features and interviews

Opera News SoundBite

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NAOMI LOUISA O’CONNELL was singing the enigmatic Mrs. Van Buren in previews of Intimate Apparel for Lincoln Center Theater when New York theaters went dark abruptly in mid March. Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage’s new chamber opera, the story of an African– American seamstress in 1905 New York, is now scheduled to reopen in spring 2021.

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Interview with Operawire

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A singer with an unusual career path, moving between opera, straight theatre, cabaret, and other genres. Prior to viewing “Least Like the Other,” Operawire managed to track down O‘Connell to talk about her career and interpreting this unique work.

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"O'Connell shaped every phrase and every note in true classical style."

opera news

"O’Connell does a spectacular Lady Macbeth, hurling it virtually through gritted teeth as Callas torments her."

THE TIMES

"Naomi Louisa O’Connell was a wistful, other-worldly Mélisande"

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repertoire

...remember that song?

With a strong focus on authenticity of text, Naomi's vocal repertoire spans from Baroque to classical and contemporary styles.

Roles

Selected repertoire

Mélisande
Poppea
Charlotte
Dido

Cherubino
Octavian
Hansel
L'enfant

Lilli Vanessi
La Périchole
Eliza Doolittle
Anna I

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Concert

Selected repertoire

BERNSTEIN
Jeremiah Symphony
Songfest
Arias and Barcarolles

RAVEL
Shéhérazade
3 poèmes de Mallarmé

MAHLER
Rückert Lieder
Symphony No. 4
POULENC
La dame de Monte-Carlo

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Contemporary

Composer premieres

Christopher Berg
William Bolcom
Tom Cipullo
Korine Fujiwara

Ricky Ian Gordon
Jake Heggie
Brian Irvine
Paula Kimper

Elena Langer
Emma O'Halloran
Paola Prestini
Ellen Reid

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Highlights

Theatre I Opera I Artist-in-Residence

Beaumarchais' Figaro Plays

mccarter theatre

Naomi joins Kentucky Opera in their first online season by producing and presenting a six-episode children's series about music.

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Pelléas & Mélisande

cincinnati symphony

Naomi reprises her critically-acclaimed performance with Irish National Opera in this fragmented retelling of the story of Rosemary Kennedy.
Performing at the O'Reilly Theatre, Dublin
Sep 25, 26, 27

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"RUN" by Ellen Reid

one festival, opera omaha

Naomi plays the role of Mrs Van Buren in the world premiere of Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center Theater by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage, directed by Bartlett Sher.

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Terrence McNally's Master Class

west end debut, london

Naomi will both host and perform in this online gala event, featuring exclusive content and special performances by Concert Artists Guild musicians from around the globe.

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Offenbach's Vert-Vert

Garsington opera

Naomi plays the role of Mrs Van Buren in the world premiere of Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center Theater by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage, directed by Bartlett Sher.

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Singing for Kids!

Pbs broadcast, PSO artist-in-residence

Naomi plays the role of Mrs Van Buren in the world premiere of Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center Theater by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage, directed by Bartlett Sher.

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Vivaldi's Farnace

Spoleto festival usa

Naomi plays the role of Mrs Van Buren in the world premiere of Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center Theater by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage, directed by Bartlett Sher.

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Les Enfants Terribles

opera omaha

Naomi plays the role of Mrs Van Buren in the world premiere of Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center Theater by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage, directed by Bartlett Sher.

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Figaro Gets A Divorce

welsh National Opera & Geneva opera

Naomi plays the role of Mrs Van Buren in the world premiere of Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center Theater by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage, directed by Bartlett Sher.

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"a natural in the recital format, winning over the audience with her rich, silvery voice and charming stage presence."

the New york Times

 "Naomi Louisa O'Connell was the outstanding mezzo-soprano, her voice cool, precisely controlled, and perfect for this music."

The boston globe

"her creamy soprano voice moves easily through operatic color to music theater"

New york THeater guide

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For Booking Enquiries:

Concert & Recital
Concert Artists Guild
Senior Vice President, Chris Williams.

+(1) 212-333-5200, Ext. 1002
cwilliams@concertartists.org

Opera & Theatre
Ken Benson
Ken Benson Artists.

+(1) 212-280-2796
kenbensonartists@gmail.com
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