Catherine Donnelly is a soprano from County Down. She graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast with a degree in medicine and works part-time as a community doctor in care of the elderly. She is in her second year studying a Masters in music performance at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Colette McGahon-Tosh and répétiteur Mairéad Hurley.
This year, Catherine appeared as a soloist at the Irish National Opera launch in the Young Artist showcase. In January, she performed the title role in DIT’s production of Michael William Balfe’s The Sleeping Queen at the National Concert Hall. She made her professional role debut with Irish National Opera in April as soprano bridesmaid in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
Other roles include her portrayal of Daniel in DIT’S dramatic production of Handel’s Susanna and the role of Belinda with Armagh City Choir in their concert performance of Dido and Aeneas. Catherine has joined NI Opera chorus in their productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Cosí fan tutte and Opera Theatre Company chorus for the revival of Robert O’Dwyer’s Irish language Opera Eithne back in October.
An experienced performer of sacred music, she has performed as a soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C; Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise; Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Faure’s Messe Basse and two of Handel’s most famous Oratorios, Messiah and Samson.