"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.
Les Enfants Terribles production captivates Omaha’s ONE Festival audiences
Naomi Louisa O’Connell epitomized this [gender] fluidity in her performance as Dargelos and Agathe. The mezzo soprano’s vocal tone was dark enough to pull off both the female and male roles, and she was serving serious, androgynous Miranda from Sex and the City vibes with her red hair and power stance. O’Connell played Dargelos with a cold demeanor that had me hooked into the story immediately. Her portrayal of Agathe was softer but equally captivating.
– Meghan Klinkenborg for SCHMOPERA, April 7th, 2019
Opera Omaha ONE Festival. Photograph by Adam Larsen.
Emma O’Halloran wins Beth Morrison Projects NextGen Commission Award
Naomi premiered a piece entitled MARY MOTORHEAD by Irish composer Emma O’Halloron with Beth Morrison Opera Projects at National Sawdust this February. MARY MOTORHEAD is a one-act, one-woman opera about a woman in Dublin’s Mountjoy prison. The piece employs the use of a chamber ensemble and live electronics and may be heard by following the link below. Emma O’Halloran was announced as the winner of the inaugural BMP Next Generation commission for a full-length evening work, to be presented and toured by Beth Morrison Projects next year.
Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt - Friedrich Hollaender. With Brent Funderburk, piano. PBS recital broadcast, Peoria IL, 2018.
And Her Golden Hair Was Hanging Down Her Back - McGlennon/Rosenfeld Metropolitan Museum Live Arts Series, 2016
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!
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ABOUT NAOMI LOUISA O'CONNELL
Hailed by The New York Times as “radiant,” Irish actor/singer Naomi Louisa O’Connell made her critically acclaimed stage debut opposite Tyne Daly on London’s West End in Terrence McNally’s play Master Class, produced by Sonia Friedman at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2012. The Times called her performance “…spectacular,” and The Independent lauded her “…thrilling rendering of an aria from Verdi’s Macbeth.”