"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.
26th - 29th October 2017 | Nadia & Lili Boulanger Competition | Paris
2nd November 2017 | Lunchtime Recital with Pianist Dylan Perez | Concordia Foundation at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
17th & 18th November 2017 | Mad King Suibhne | Lillian Baylis House ENO
25th November 2017 | Israel in Egypt - Handel (Soprano Soloist) | Saffron Hall, Cambridge University Symphony Chorus & East Anglia Chamber Orchestra
29th November 2017 | Liederabend with Baritone Nicholas Mogg & Pianist Dylan Perez | Re-sung Concert Series, Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London
1st & 2nd December | Mad King Suibhne | Messums, Wiltshire
6th December 2017 | Schubert & Schumann Lieder with pianist Dylan Perez | St Mary's Perivale
21st January 2018 | Lunchtime Recital with Pianist Dylan Perez | Stonevale Concert Series, Oxfordshire
28th February - 4th March 2018 | Role of Orpah in Philip Haggeman's contemporary chamber opera Ruth | The Actor's Church, Covent Garden
15th April 2018 | Schubert & Schumann Lieder with pianist Dylan Perez | Schubert Society of Britain | 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL