"Irish mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell was a wistful, other-worldly Mélisande." - Musical America, Pelléas et Mélisande with the Cincinnati Symphony, 2017
"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.
Two weeks left to see A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Catch the last two weeks of A Child’s Christmas in Wales at the Irish Repertory Theatre, in which Naomi’s performance has been hailed as “ravishing” and “a real delight”. The New York Theatre Guide has commended her “creamy soprano voice that moves easily through operatic color to musical theater sound”. TRAILER HERE: https://youtu.be/arh6Ig2vzHc
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.”
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.
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"...