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Aoife Miskelly


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 and Britten-Pears Young Artist.

During the 2012/14 seasons Aoife was part of the opera studio at Cologne Opera, including singing roles on the main stage such as Gilda Rigoletto, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel, Nella Gianni Schicchi, Servilia La Clemenza di Tito, and Blumenmädchen Parsifal. For the past two seasons, Aoife has been part of the full ensemble in Köln, singing roles such as Despina Cosi fan Tutte,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 throughout the season.

Aoife’s other operatic projects have included Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Cecily Cardew in the Irish Premiere of Gerald Barry’s The 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 recent and upcoming projects include The Woman in The Last Hotel at the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hyogo Centre for Performing Arts in Japan (directed by Antony MacDonald), the title role in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Snowmaiden for Opera North, further performances of Trauernacht in Moscow, a recital for the Oxford Lieder Festival with William Vann, as well as Zerlina Don Giovanni for NI Opera and Cologne, Musetta La Boheme and Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady in her final season as a member of the ensemble at Oper Köln.

Aoife is very grateful for all the wonderful teaching and support she has received throughout her studies and start to her career, with particular thanks owing to the Sickle Foundation, the teaching staff of the Royal Academy of Music and to her friends and family.

Last updated: Jul 2019