"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.
Reviews for Vivaldi’s “Il Farnace” at Spoleto Festival USA
“Lit by a single bulb hanging in her prison cell, the audience finds Farnace’s sister, Selinda, played with grit and complexity by Naomi Louisa O’Connell.” – Charleston City Paper, May 28, 2017
“Other standout cast members included… mezzo Naomi Louisa O’Connell, a sweetly manipulative Selinda” – Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2017
“Selinda the sister-captive, played by Naomi Louisa O’Connell, is a key figure, and O’Connell handled the balancing act — both dramatic and vocal — expertly.” – Post and Courier, May 28, 2017
Naomi stars in Cole Porter’s Kiss, Me Kate
Naomi plays the title role in Cole Porter’s musical Kiss Me, Kate at Opera North, NH, this summer alongside performers George Dvorsky and Jim Walton. The show will be directed by Evan Pappas and conducted by Louis Burkot.
For more information, visit the SCHEDULE page. Performance dates: July 29th, Aug 2nd, 5th, 8th, 10th and 12th.
Catch Naomi in recital this March!
Naomi will perform her highly-acclaimed “Witches, Bitches & Women in Britches” recital at the Pittsburg University in Kansas this March 10th.
In New York City, Naomi will perform in concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall on March 14th for the CAG Alumni Series and on March 17th, she will perform a recital, “Songs for St. Patrick’s Day”, for the Rockefeller University Series at noon. All performances will be with her long-time collaborator, pianist Brent Funderburk.
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"...