Mary-Jean Anaïs O'Doherty


Coloratura Soprano


Portrait of Mary-Jean Anaïs O'Doherty. Dress by Ralph Lauren Polo (Thanks to Z&A Stores)
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Biography

Mary-Jean O'Doherty is an international coloratura soprano who was born in Houston, Texas, to an Australian father and a Greek/Armenian mother. Mary-Jean was honored to be a member of the band Genealogy representing Armenia (and the continent of Australia) in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. She has performed in opera houses and concert halls in the US, UK, Australia, and Europe. Her operatic roles include: The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Lulu (Lulu), and a number of others.

She was the First Prize winner of the 2013 Paris Opera Awards. She was a finalist for the Stuart Burrows International Vocal Competition in June 2011 as well as for the 10th Aragall Singing competition in Sabadell, Spain in 2010. She was a finalist for the Australian Singing Competition Mathy Award in 2007 and the winner of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award in 2007.

In 2016 she performed in the opera Lulu for the Teatro Comunale di Bolzano in Italy. And in 2015 she sang the role of "Oscar" in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera for Burry Port Opera in Wales. She sang the role of "The Queen of the Night" for Opera Project's production of The Magic Flute (2013), covered the title role for Welsh National Opera's production of Lulu (2013), covered "The Maid" in Thomas Adés's Powder Her Face for English National Opera (2014), sang the role of "Konstanze" for the International Vocal Arts Institute’s (IVAI) Tel Aviv production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2014) and covered the roles of "Marzelline" in Fidelio, and "Despina" in Cosi fan tutte for the Tiroler Festspiele Erl Winter Festival (2014/2015).

In November 2011 she made her debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London, singing the Queen of the Night's aria in Raymond Gubbay's Classical Spectacular. And in March 2011 she performed the title role of "Lucia" in Prague State Opera's production of Lucia di Lammermoor, reprising the role there in September 2011. In the Autumn of 2010 she performed the role of "Najade" and covered the role of "Zerbinetta" for Welsh National Opera's production of Ariadne auf Naxos.

In February 2010 she performed the role of "The Queen of the Night" in Opera Ddraig’s production of The Magic Flute in Cardiff, UK; and in the summer of 2009 she performed the role of "Carolina" in CIAV's production of Il Matrimonio Segreto in Barga, Italy. In 2008, Mary-Jean sang the role of "Galatea" in Pacific Opera's production of Franz von Suppé's Gorgeous Galatea in Sydney and was "Young Heidi" in The Production Company's production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies in Melbourne.

In 2008, she was the first recipient of the Australian International Opera Award (AIOA), a scholarship to study at Cardiff University's acclaimed International Academy of Voice (CIAV) in Cardiff, Wales, directed by the renowned tenor Dennis O'Neill, CBE. She was educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts and East Carolina University from which she received her Bachelor of Music degree in voice and flute performance.

Mary-Jean singing in Cardiff, Wales