Naomi debuts with The Irish Repertory Theatre in ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’

Naomi makes her Off-Broadway debut this season with the Irish Repertory Theater in their iconic production of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, a musical celebration of the iconic Dylan Thomas story. Previews open on November 28th, and the show will run until December 30th.

Tickets are now on sale on the Irish Repertory Theatre website.

Naomi featured in WQXR’s “40 under 40 Superb Young Opera Singers”

Naomi was recently featured in WQXR’s ’40 under 40 Superb Young Opera Singers’ listing for 2018/19, where she has been hailed as “a very engaging and charismatic singer, acclaimed for her sensitivity to the meaning and sounds of words and how they connect to music.”

Naomi is New York Festival of Song’s Artist of the Month

Naomi has been featured as the New York Festival of Song’s Artist of the Month for August 2018.  Read about her preparation process, favorite artists, and how friendly New Yorkers really are, as she prepares for her Mostly Mozart Festival debut on August 8th. Read the full interview here:  NYFOS Artist of the Month

What is special about ‘song’ to you? Is there anything about this particular form that is significant to you?

It’s going to sound corny, but a song is like a friend. They grow alongside us as our own lives change and perspectives shift. And like a scent, there are some songs that take me immediately back to an exact moment in time: sharing headphones and listening to a song with a new muse after too many cocktails, or singing solo for the first time (terrified!) in my church at home. Songs can leap through time. Maybe that’s why we love our old favorites so much; it’s nostalgic and yet new because you’re a different person now than when you first heard it.



Irish Repertory Theatre
Nov 2018, Dec 2018

THEATRE: A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Nov 28, 29, 30, 2018
Dec 01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 2018
New York, NY
Neue Galerie
Dec 2018

CABARET: The Cheater’s Almanac

Dec 06, 2018
New York City, USA
Detroit Institute of Arts
Jan 2019

CABARET: Looking Back/Moving Forward

Jan 04, 2019
Detroit, MI



Placet futile – Ravel (Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé) 3:51
Make the Man Love Me – Arthur Schwartz 4:17
The Irish Ballad – Tom Lehrer 2:50


The Irish Ballad - Tom Lehrer. With Brent Funderburk, piano. PBS recital broadcast, Peoria IL, 2018.

Bernstein, Blitzstein & Bolcom. Words about courage and hope for the 2018 Festival of Faiths in Louisville, KY. With pianist Brent Funderburk.

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.
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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!
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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"...
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In the title role and looking delectable,
Naomi Louisa O’Connell’s creamy tone
and elegant phrasing ravished the ear.

Seen & Heard International, 2012