"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 does a spectacular Lady Macbeth, hurling it virtually through gritted teeth as Callas torments her.' - The Times. Terrence McNally's Master Class, 2012 West End production.
"Coloratura to the gills, O’Connell is, inescapably, the big hit of this production." - Roderic Dunnett, The Arts Desk. Offenbach's Vert-Vert at Garsington Opera, 2014.
"Naomi Louisa O’Connell develops compellingly from the first play as her feisty, resourceful Rosine becomes the elegant, subdued, self-doubting Countess." - The Star-Ledger. The Figaro Plays at McCarter Theatre, 2014.
“Naomi Louisa O’Connell was marvellous in the trouser role of Cherubino, sparkling with her glorious arias . . . ” - The Art Scene in Wales. The Marriage of Figaro at Welsh National Opera, 2016.
Figaro Gets a Divorce live-streamed on ARTE at Geneva Opera
ARTE will live-stream Figaro Gets A Divorce from Grand Théâtre de Genève on Friday, Sep 22nd at 19:25 Swiss time. Naomi plays the role of Serafin and joins colleagues Alan Oke, Ellie Dehn, Mark Stone, Marie Arnet, David Stout, Andrew Watts & Rhian Lois in this opera conducted by Justin Brown. Written by composer Elena Langer and librettist David Pountney in 2015, the opera will be available to view for another month following the broadcast.
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Photograph by Magali Dougados
CHEATER’S ALMANAC Cabaret at Neue Galerie, Dec 14th
On December 14th, Naomi returns to the Neue Galerie for her third year performing in the Café Sabarsky cabaret series with a program entitled “The Cheater’s Almanac” – songs of infidelity, lust and crimes of passion.
Joined by her long-time collaborator, pianist Brent Funderburk, this racy program includes songs by Georg Kreisler, Friedhelm Kändler, Kurt Weill, Tom Lehrer, Arthur Schwartz, Jerome Kern & more.
Naomi stars as Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate
“The troupe bringing us Kiss Me, Kate has some standouts, beginning with Naomi Louisa O’Connell as Lilli/Kate. O’Connell, born in Ireland of Irish and German parents, is in her first season with Northern Stage, but let us hope that it is not her last. She has a supple, bright voice and star quality, but perhaps more important, for this piece, she has comic chops, that extra something that makes you pay attention when she comes on stage.”
And Her Golden Hair Was Hanging Down Her Back - McGlennon/Rosenfeld Metropolitan Museum Live Arts Series, 2016
Komm, komm, Held meiner Träume - Oscar Straus (Der tapfere Soldat). With Keun-A Lee, 2013.
Happy those who, placing their delight
In slight things, are never deprived
Of each day’s natural fortune!
– Fernando Pessoa (translated Richard Zenith)
A conversation with….CHRIS BERG.
September 30, 2013
Over a cup of coffee at Café du Soleil on the Upper West Side, Naomi chats with composer Chris Berg about his love for poetry, his work and life in New York City. This interview gives us a brief insight into the man behind the compositions.
Ten Songs to Stop You In Your Tracks
February 11, 2014
Ten songs: all different, all wonderful in their own delicious, wacky way. They never fail to stop me in my tracks when they come on my iPod.
Well worth a listen!
Hailed by The New York Times as “radiant,” Irish performer Naomi Louisa O’Connell made her professional stage debut in 2012 starring on London’s West End in Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play Master Class in the role of Sharon Graham, an aspiring young opera singer opposite Tyne Daly who portrayed the legendary Maria Callas. The Times called her performance “…spectacular,” and The Independent lauded her “…thrilling rendering of an aria from Verdi’s Macbeth"...