"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.
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.
Festival of Faiths performances now online
Naomi’s recent performances with pianist Brent Funderburk at the 2018 Festival of Faiths are now available to view online.
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"...