Northern Irish soprano Aoife Miskelly currently holds a Sickle Foundation scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music Opera School where she studies with Jennifer Dakin and Audrey Hyland. She is also grateful of the support she receives from the Josephine Baker Trust and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Aoife completed her undergraduate studies as a cellist, gaining a First Class Honours BMus degree from University College Cork. In 2010 she was a finalist at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards held in April at the Wigmore Hall, London, the winner of the John Stevenson Vocal Award and the runner-up in the Thelma King Award for Singers. As a soloist with the Royal Academy of Music’s selected Song Circle team, Aoife appeared in recital at the 2009 Oxford Lieder and Chelsea Schubert Festivals and will perform at the Wigmore Hall in January 2011.
Recent engagements include playing the role of the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for Dartington, Michal in Handel’s Saul at the Spitalfields Festival under Laurence Cummings and the rehearsal soprano for Varèse’s Nocturnal with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain under Paul Daniel. Over the coming months Aoife will play Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte for Royal Academy Opera conducted by Jane Glover and in March 2011, will create the role of Sophie in the world premier of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera Kommilitonen! (Young Blood!)