Catherine Donnelly is a soprano from County Down. She graduated from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with first class honours in the Master of Music Performance degree in 2018. She is currently a member of the ABL Aviation Irish National Opera Studio. This season she has studied the roles of Michaëla in Bizet’s Carmen and Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda.
Catherine was an Associate Artist with Northern Ireland Opera in 2020-2021 and was showcased in the company’s Northern Songs series. She made her INO debut as First Bridesmaid in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in 2018. She performed the title role in Balfe’s The Sleeping Queen at the National Concert Hall in 2018 and the role of Daniel in Handel’s Susanna in Smock Alley Theatre. She has given recitals at Boyle Arts Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival and with Newry Chamber Music.
Catherine qualified for the 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition and has won several awards including the second prize Tony Quigley bursary in the Dramatic cup at Feis Ceoil and the audience prize at Northern Ireland Opera’s Festival of Voice in 2018.