Mary McCabe is a soprano hailing from Downpatrick, N.Ireland. Mary has been connected with Northern Ireland Opera since its inception, beginning as a Young Artist and later an Associate Artist.
She sang as ‘Mademoiselle Silberklang’ in their production of ‘The Impresario’ as part of The Walled City Festival. She has also performed in their production of Puccini’s Turandot as ‘First Maiden’ (Grand Opera House) and as ‘Belinda’ in their concert performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Most recently Mary featured in the award-winning short film ‘Old Friends and Other Days’ directed by Cameron Menzies, NI Opera. She also performed in a live recorded concert recently on Sky Arts in ‘Live at the Waterfront’ with NI Opera. In their latest production of La Traviata, Mary covered the role of Violetta and performed the role of ‘Elle’ in their production of ‘La Voix Humaine’.
Mary graduated First Class in Music and French from The Queen’s University of Belfast and with Distinction in her Masters degree from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Whilst studying in Scotland, Mary was awarded First Prize in the Norma Grieg French Song Competition. More recently, Mary was a winner of the New York International Opera Project Competition and awarded first place for singing Bellini in the Italian Concorso Internazionale Lions Canto Lirico.
Mary has been generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland throughout the years through grants and awards. An award-winning performer on the operatic, oratorio and recital platforms, Mary has performed both nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.