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Rachel Kelly
Media Release 14 December 2012

Irish mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly awarded Bernadette Greevy Bursary Award 2012 from the National Concert Hall

The National Concert Hall announces Irish mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly as the winner of the Bernadette Greevy Bursary Award 2012. As overall winner, Rachel receives a bursary of 5,000euro and will also be invited to give a recital at the National Concert Hall in November 2013. A new piece will also be commissioned for Rachel to perform on the night.

The Bursary, which was established in 2010 in honour of the late Irish mezzo-soprano and opera festival director Dr. Bernadette Greevy, was set up by The National Concert Hall to support and provide performance opportunity to young Irish singers.

Simon Taylor, CEO of the National Concert Hall comments “The National Concert Hal is delighted to pay tribute to one of Ireland’s finest singers of the past by providing this bursary and performance opportunity to young Irish singers of the future. It is an honour for the National Concert Hall to remember Bernadette Greevy in this way and we wish Rachel well in her studies and in her future career. We also look forward to welcoming her back to perform for us in 2013.”

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly is currently attending the National Opera Studio London; a one year master course for young professional opera singers. Rachel is a Sickle Foundation Scholar who completed her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music Ireland with distinction where she was also awarded the highly prized DipRam for excellence.

A frequent achiever at international competitions Rachel recently reached the final and semi-final rounds of the International Handel Competition in London and the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition International Singing Competition in Vienna. In 2011 she attended the prestigious Solti Te Kanawa Accademia di Bel Canto in Italy.

Recent roles include ‘Fanny’ in the London première of Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park, ‘Beatrice’ in Beatrice et Benedict (Directed by John Copley and conducted by Sir Colin Davis), ‘Wu’ in the world première of Maxwell Davies' Kommilitonen (Directed by David Pountney) and ‘Dorabella’ in ‘Cosi fan Tutte’.

Rachel has also performed as soloist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and with the Thomas Moore Festival. She was invited to represent the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Beijing, China last year. This summer she recorded the part of ‘Jane’ in Dearest Enemy for CD release with New World Records and for the same label she has recorded ‘Rosie Flynn’ in Victor Herbert’s opera Eileen. Rachel recently gave a recital of the music of Irish opera composer William Vincent Wallace at Wexford Festival Opera to great acclaim. She is kindly supported by the Ian Smith of Stonoway Legacy, the Arts Council of Ireland, the Sickle Foundation and the Sybill Tutton Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund.

Former winners of the National Concert Hall’s Bernadette Greevy Bursary Award include Kerry native Gavan Ring (baritone) in 2010 and Northern Irish soprano Aoife Miskelly, in 2011. 
The National Concert Hall wishes to acknowledge the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for its kind support of the Bernadette Greevy Bursary for Singers.


For further information please contact:
Sinead Doyle
Marketing & PR Manager
National Concert Hall
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 417 00 57
087 1775334
e-mail: Sinead.doyle@nch.ie


Bernadette Greevy was the first Irish winner of the Harriet Cohen International Music Award for Outstanding Artistry. She was founder and artistic director of the Anna Livia Dublin International Opera Festival and supported student singers through her masterclasses and work as Artist in Residence at the Dublin Institute of Technology. She is remembered for her wonderful performances and recordings of oratorio and song. Her recordings include works by Handel, Haydn, Bach and she was acclaimed in particular for her interpretation of Mahler. She also championed new Irish music premiering works by Irish composers. The recipient of many international awards, she held honorary doctorates from the NUI and Trinity College Dublin.