Northern Irish soprano Aoife Miskelly studied as a Sickle Foundation Scholar at the Royal Academy Opera under Jennifer Dakin and Audrey Hyland, graduating with the Regency Award in 2012. During her studies, Aoife was a Kathleen Ferrier Awards finalist (2010), won a BBC Northern Ireland Young Artists Platform Award (Arts Council of NI sponsored), and was a Samling Scholar.
From 2012 to 2014 Aoife was part of the opera studio at Oper Köln, including singing roles on the main stage like Gilda Rigoletto, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel, Nella Gianni Schicchi, Servilia La Clemenza di Tito and Blumenmädchen Parsifal. Aoife was part of the full ensemble in Köln in the following two seasons, singing roles such as, Despina Cosi fan Tutte, the title role in Schneewitchen, Valencienne Die Lustige Witwe, Papagena Die Zauberflöte, Frasquita Carmen, Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady and Harey in Solaris. In May 2014, Aoife was awarded the prestigious Offenbach Prize by the friends of Cologne Opera House for outstanding achievement througout the season. In her final season at Oper Köln she sang Zerlina Don Giovanni, Musetta and Eliza Doolittle, while at the Royal Opera House’s LInbury Studio she sang The Woman The Last Hotel and, in Japan, Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Aoife’s other operatic projects have included Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Cecily Cardew in the Irish Premiere of Gerald Barry’sThe Importance of Being Earnest and Sanndmänchen/Dew Fairy Hänsel und Gretel with Northern Ireland Opera and Therese in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias at both La Monnaie and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. In July 2014, Aoife returned to the festival in Aix for its production, directed by Katie Mitchell, of staged Bach cantatas entitled Trauernacht.
A natural performer of modern music, Aoife performed the role of Mary Crawford in the London premiere of Jonathan Dove’s opera Mansfield Park in May 2012 with Royal Academy Opera (directed by John Ramster). With Camerata Ireland and pianist/conductor Barry Douglas, Aoife sang in the world premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s At Sixes and Sevens in July 2013. In April 2014, Aoife returned to sing with Camerata Ireland and Codetta in their performance – live on Spanish radio – of Beethoven’s oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives in Cuenca.
Aoife is also a keen oratorio singer, having performed in a whole host of concerts, including Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen and Magnificat, Beethoven’s Mass in C (in Cologne Cathedral), Brahms’ Deutches Requiem (St. Martin in the Fields), Carissimi’s Jepthe (St. John’s, Smith Square), Handel’s Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Laudate Pueri Dominum, and Saul (conducted by Laurence Cummings), Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass and Exultate Jubilate, Orff’s Carmina Burana (Ulster Orchestra), Poulenc’s Gloria, Stravinsky’s Mass, Varese’s Nocturnal (NYOGB) and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Aoife’s current projects include Zerlina Don Giovanni and Polissena Radamisto for Northern Ireland Opera and the title role in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden for Opera North.
Reviews of Aoife Miskelly to follow.