Mary-Attracta Connolly


A graduate of the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music at West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Mary-Attracta made her professional debut with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in its Family Concert Series. Receiving an Italian Government Scholarship and Bernard Manning Award from the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of WA she studied with Fernando Bandera (Milan) and performed in concert at Il Giovedì and as soloist at Come D’Incanto for Teatro Franco Parenti. Mary-Attracta later studied with Molly McGurk (Perth) and Janice Chapman (London).


Roles with West Australian Opera include Aunt Madama Butterfly, First Alms Sister Suor Angelica, Cousin Madama Butterfly and Second Spirit The Magic Flute. A regular member of the West Australian Opera Chorus she has performed in numerous stage and concert productions.

Additional performances include Miss Pinkerton in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief for ABC Classic FM’s ‘Sunday Live’, Blackwood River Spring Chamber Festival and The Terrace Proms; soloist at Amberley on Swan, Broome Arts & Music Festival, Bloomsday Celebration presented annually by the Australian-Irish Heritage Association for which she was Music Director 2001-2008; plus La traviata (Chorus) for Opera Australia and the Edgley International Touring Production of Aïda – Amneris Attendants Chorus and High Priestess (understudy).


As Producer of Opera Under The Stars® (Broome), Mary-Attracta has managed, performed in, and been MC of this open air event featuring Australian and international opera soloists and, for its 20th Anniversary in 2012 in association with West Australian Opera, the West Australian Opera Chorus in its first live regional performance. She has also managed presentation of ‘Oper-Arte’ Art Exhibition & Auction that has donated over $75,000 to increase access to musical instruments and materials for the children of the West Kimberley.


Mary-Attracta is known for her unaccompanied renditions of Irish Traditional Songs as featured on her CD, DEERPARK.