"A couple of voices stand out, especially the soprano Iúnó Connolly as Princess Caraboo and Sarah Whitehead, the woman ruined by her brother..." The Guardian, Andrew Clements
"Soprano Iúnó Connolly delivered strongly characterised and technically assured performances as Sarah Whitehea...and Princess Caraboo" Opera Today, Claire Seymour
"Given the genuinely ensemble nature of British Youth Opera’s cast, it seems unfair to pick out individual singers, but special mention should be made of Iúnó Connolly’s heartfelt Sarah Whitehead..." Bach Track, Matthew Rye
"Iúnó Connolly, blessed with a powerful, pliant soprano, excelled as the pathetic spendthrift Sarah Whitehead and the bizarre Princess Caraboo and clearly enjoyed Williamson’s well-crafted vocal writing." Classical Source, Peter Reed
Iúnó is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp. Whilst at the RAM she won the Elena Gehardt Lieder Prize and was a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Soloist; a member of the Academy's prestigious Song Circle and a Josephine Baker Trust soloist.
Iúnó has been generously supported by a Jennifer Vyvyan scholarship; the Rothermere Foundation; the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust; Castlepines Equity; the Sarum St Michael Educational Charity and the Alice Coombes Trust throughout her postgraduate training.
Plans for 2017 include recitals at the 1901 Arts Club, London; the Chipping Camden International Music Festival; City Lit Concert Series, London; performing at the Heidelberg Fruehling Festival, and singing at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (Chorus Don Giovanni & The Rake's Progress).
She was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg, Germany and is a Britten Pears Young Artist and a Concordia Foundation Artist.
Forthcoming performances 2017:
13th May | Soloist Bath Minerva Choir Gala | Bath, Somerset
19th May | Lunchtime Recital with Pianist Dylan Perez | Chipping Camden International Music Festival, 1.05pm http://campdenmusicfestival.co.uk/
5th, 7th, 11th, 14th, 18th July | The Rake's Progress | Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, France
6th, 8th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 21st July | Don Giovanni | Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, France
23rd July | Don Giovanni, Concert Performance | Beaune Baroque & Romantic Opera Festival, France
October | Lunchtime Recital | Stonevale Concert Series | Details TBA
25th November | Israel in Egypt - Handel (Soprano Soloist) | Saffron Hall, Cambridge University Symphony Chorus & East Anglia Chamber Orchestra
6th December | Schubert & Schumann Lieder with pianist Dylan Perez | St Mary's Perivale