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“…the trio of voices was completed by the exceptional mezzo of Aebh Kelly as Popova. It was Kelly who relished each and every opportunity, perhaps reaching her finest moment in the facade-touched aria, ‘I was a constant faithful wife."

Colin Clarke OperaNow



Mezzo soprano Aebh Kelly was born in Dublin where she graduated with first class honours from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In 2019, whilst still an undergraduate, Aebh qualified to compete in the final round of Neue Stimmen.


Aebh has worked closely with Irish National Opera and featured in a variety of productions including the internationally acclaimed 20 Shots of Opera and Amanda Feery’s premier of A Thing I Cannot Name. More recently she returned to Irish National Opera and made her role debut as Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata.


In 2021, Aebh moved to Florence as a Mascarade Emerging Artist where she has performed numerous roles including extracts from Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Popova in Walton’s The Bear at the Lerici Music Festival and also made her German debut as Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at Theater und Orchester Heidelberg. It was also during her studies in Italy that Aebh was awarded second prize at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition.


This summer Aebh will attend the world renowned Georg Solti Accademia and also make her debut as Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Kammeroper Festival, Berlin in collaboration with Opera Collective Ireland. From September 2024 Aebh will be based in Hamburg as a member of the International Opera Studio at the Staatsoper Hamburg.


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