Norah began her training at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she graduated with a First Class BA Degree in Music Performance under renowned teacher Dr. Veronica Dunne. Post Graduate studies were undertaken at the Royal Academy of Music where she was awarded a Dip RAM and the prestigious Clifton Prize and Ernest Butcher Prize. Norah also studied at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice and at the English National Opera’s Opera Works. Norah is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Concordia Foundation Artist and a Samling and Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholar. She was an Opera Theatre Company Young Associate Artist (2006–07) and participated in the Wexford Festival Opera’s Artists Development Programme. Norah’s many awards also include an Acton Travel Bursary, an MBF Music Education Award, a Travel and Training Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Irene Sandford Award for Singers.
Norah has performed as Susanna in the The Marriage of Figaro for English Touring Opera and Opera A La Carte, Pamina in the The Magic Flute for Regents Opera, Miss Jessel in the The Turn of the Screw for Aldeburgh Music and the Grimeborn Festival, The Countess in The Marriage of Figaro for Opera East and Dido in Dido and Aeneas for the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Norah has appeared in concert with the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra in Shanghai, China, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the Irish Garda Band. She has performed for Irish Heritage, Criccieth Festival, Down’s Opera Fringe Festival, Dublin Handel Festival, Belfast Festival, Trinity Arts Festival, New Ross Piano Festival, The Mastersingers and The CIMA Festival in Tuscany in venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall; the Britten Studio, Snape Maltings; St James’s Piccadilly; St Paul’s Church Covent Garden; the National Portrait Gallery and the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Radio recordings include live broadcasts on RTÉ’s Lyric FM with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and for BBC Radio Ulster from Queen’s University, Belfast. Television appearances include an in-depth profile on the RTÉ programme Capital D on aspiring young Irish artists. Norah has performed the world premieres of Stephen McNeff Image in Stone, Paul Hayes Twilight of the Innocents in Tokyo and David Wallace Songs from the Rolling Deep in Dublin.
Norah has participated in master classes with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Dennis O’Neill, Roger Vignoles, Ileana Cotrubas, Della Jones, Ann Murray, Jane Eaglen and the late Philip Langridge. Norah has worked under many internationally acclaimed repetiteurs such as, Brenda Hurley, Ingrid Surgenor, David Gowland, Michael Pollock and Phillip Thomas.