Katy Kelly studied for her Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera at the Boston Conservatory under Sara Goldstein and Andrew Altenbach, and also at the Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin, where she obtained her MMus in Performance under Anne Marie O'Sullivan (voice) and Roy Holmes (repetiteur). She recently qualified as a Regional Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera New England National Council Awards, USA, and has won many prizes for her singing in Europe, including the IAWS John McCormack Bursary. Katy has represented Ireland in many premier European competitions including the Belvedere International Singing Competition, Vienna, the IVC, Holland, and the Stuart Burrows, Wales, for which she received the runners up prize. In March 2010 she performed in Carnegie Hall with the Thomas Moore Festival, and she is a regular performer at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, having performed in many concerts with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.
Katy’s operatic performances in 2012 have been “La Contessa” in Le Nozze di Figaro for Glasthule Opera, “Königin der Nacht” in Die Zauberflöte for Diva Opera (UK, France, Channel Islands), “Le Feu/Le Rossignol” in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges, and “Donna Anna” in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Boston, USA. Other performances include “Zerbinetta” in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at the Boston Conservatory, USA, “Queen of the Night” in Mozart’s The Magic Flute,“Euridice” in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and “Musetta” in Puccini’s La Boheme for Glasthule Opera. She also performed excerpts from two new operas; A Brief History of Root Vegetables (“Trophy”), and The Inspector (“Bobachina”) for the 2011 Opera America Conference in Boston. She has toured Germany with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival performing Faure’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Beethoven’s Fantasie. Other solo performances include Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's The Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saens’ Oratorio de Noel, Handel’s 250th Anniversary Concert, and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major.
Her recordings include six songs on the first full catalogue of Moore's melodies in 2009, and she was the featured soloist on the AIB Choral Society CD, "Simply Christmas". She recorded the two “Königin der Nacht” arias for the RTÉ television programme "The Symphony Sessions-The Sopranos" with the National Symphony Orchestra, which aired in January 2009, and she also appeared in the 2008 programme “The Symphony Sessions”. She will be shortly announcing a recital tour for December 2012.