A Parisian newspaper review said, Apparently Miss Connolly is known for her Handel in England I decided to tackle that Apparently. It soon became apparent however that I would have to finance my first solo album and Harry Christophers and CORO were very happy to record and distribute the disc. I sunk a large amount of my mother's legacy into the costs and with several extremely generous donations, ($20, 000 from my friend Helen B Casey) we launched Heroes and Heroines at the University Church, Oxford. Incidentally, the place where Handel received his University Doctorate.
Berlioz, The Trojans at ENO. Feel much altered by recent events concerning death and birth. Meet the brilliant Richard Jones. Rehearsals are calm, cerebral, ethereal even. We searched for Dido's curious spirituality that is in conflict with her earthbound neediness. All of this work has informed my understanding of Purcell's Dido. I feel tremendously connected to her.
Berlioz, Les Nuits d'Eté with Philippe Herreweghe at Vienna Konzerthaus.
Within four months I sing three roles; Sesto ENO, Sesto (italian)(cover) The Met., Annio The Met., Giulio Cesare Glyndebourne. The contrast between The Met's Ponnelle production and David Mc Vicar's is astonishing. Also cram in a Carnegie Hall recital in the Weill Hall with Eugene Asti.
Nominated for Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement as Sesto in ENO's La Clemenza di Tito.
Invited on Radio 4 Woman's Hour by Jenni Murray.
Record Handel's Solomon in Germany with Alte Music für Berlin with Mark Padmore, Susan Gritton, Carolyn Sampson, David Wilson-Johnson conducted by Agrippina's conductor, Daniel Reuss.
Record The Exquisite Hour recital, live from St John Smith's Square, London with Eugene Asti for Signum.
2006 highlights include Mahler's Rückert Lieder with Mark Elder, recordings of Elgar's Sea Pictures, Grammy nominated and Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn Herreweghe/L'Orchestre des Champs Elysées, winner of Dutch Edison Award and a concert of
Invited to become President of Stroud Choral Society, the oldest in the country.
Keiron Cooke shares my management with Sue Spence at Askonas Holt.
For future projects, see Schedule.