Katy Kelly studied for her Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera at the Boston Conservatory, and for her MMus in Performance from the Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin under Anne Marie O'Sullivan. She qualified as a Regional Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera New England National Council Awards (USA) in 2011, 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 2010 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.
Recent operatic performances include “Countess” in Le Nozze di Figaro for Glasthule Opera (Ireland) & Young Opera Venture (Leeds; cover), Konigin der Nacht for Diva Opera (UK & France), Le Feu/Le Rossignol in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges, “Donna Anna” in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and “Zerbinetta” in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos (scenes) at the Boston Conservatory (USA). She 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 also performed the roles of “Euridice” in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, “Musetta” in Puccini’s La Boheme, and “Sandman” in Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel. In 2010 she 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, and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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 “Königin der Nacht” arias for the RTÉ television programme "The Symphony Sessions-The Sopranos". Her next performance will be a tour of The Magic Flute singing the role of “Queen of the Night” with Young Opera Venture, touring from September-November 2014. She will be featured on the RTE1 TV programme “Abhainn” in September, as well as premiering choral works by Gjeillo in November 2014 with conductor Mark Keane. She begins a rectial tour from the end of September until December, covering Dublin & Leeds.