Rachel Kelly is a graduate of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s Jette Parker Young Artist Programme where she attracted considerable attention for her portrayals of Zaida (Il turco in Italia) conducted by Evelino Pidò, Javotte (Manon) conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, Mercédès (Carmen) conducted by Alexander Joel, and Pisana (I due Foscari) conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. Her performance as Mirinda in Kasper Holten’s L’Ormindo conducted by Christian Curnyn was singled out by Opera Today for its 'rich sensuality of voice' and 'glowing warmth', and she earned unanimous praise for Proserpina (Orfeo) at London’s Roundhouse.
Current season highlights include Isolier (Le Comte Ory) with Opera de Rennes and she makes her debut at Teatro Real in the roles of L'Eternità and Giunone in Cavalli’s La Calisto, conducted by Ivor Bolton. She returns to the Ulster Orchestra for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem, and makes her debut with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester in performances of Rossini’s Sigismondo.
Recent opera highlights include Idamante (Idomeneo) for Opera di Firenze, Annio (La clemenza di Tito) for Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with Northern Ireland Opera, and Dorabella (Così fan tutte) for Glyndebourne on Tour. She has also appeared as Medarse (Siroe) for Nationale Reisopera, Nerone (Agrippina) with the Irish Chamber Orchestra under Jonathan Cohen, Sesto (Giulio Cesare) with Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company, and she made her Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut as Annio (La clemenza di Tito).
For her Wexford Festival Opera recital, Rachel will perform a programme based on French song exploring both familiar and lesser-known French repertoire through romanticism, impressionism and modernism, as well as some popular opera arias and Irish songs.
Rachel is accompanied by Fiachra Garvey, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2013 with 1st class honours and distinction in the MA in Music Performance. This follows a 1st class honours B.A. in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2011 and a 1st class honours DipMus (performance and teaching) from the RIAM in 2008.
Recent highlights include a series of solo and two piano recitals in Japan, a tour of China performing solo, as well as appearances at Spoleto Festival Italy, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin in the Fields, Brighton Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Wigmore Hall London and The Geneva Festival, Switzerland.
Upcoming major concerts include Poulenc’s double piano concerto with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, a residency at Snape Maltings Aldeburgh and the complete works by Beethoven and Bach for cello and piano in 2018 at the National Concert Hall.