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Carolyn Holt

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

Irish

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Dido
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
Alexander Gibson Opera School (RCS)
2019
Sister Helen Prejean
Dead Man Walking (Jake Heggie)
Alexander Gibson Opera School (RCS)
2019
Antonia's Mother
Les Contes d'Hoffman (Offenbach)
Irish National Opera
2018
Mrs Jones
Street Scene (Weill)
Alexander Gibson Opera School (RCS)
2018
Jocasta
Oedipus Rex (Stravinsky)
Alexander Gibson Opera School (RCS)
2018
Meg
Falstaff (Verdi)
Alexander Gibson Opera School (RCS)
2018
Mystery
The Fairy Queen (Purcell)
Alexander Gibson Opera School (RCS)
2018
Sally
A Hand of Bridge (Barber)
Opera Theatre Company Opera Hub
2017
Sesto
Giulio Cesare (Handel )
Royal Academy of Muisc
2017
Minsk Woman
Flight (Dove)
Royal Academy of Music
2017
Carmen
Carmen (Bizet)
Opera Theatre Company Opera Hub
2017
Donna Elvira
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Opera Theatre Company
2016
Prince Orlofsky
Die Fledermaus (Strauss)
Winterbourne Opera
2016
Bridesmaid/ Chorus
Der Freischütz (Weber)
Sir Mark Elder/OAE/Royal Festival Hall
2016
Mamma Rosa
L’Arlesiana (Cilea)
Royal Academy of Music
2016
La Zia Principessa
Suor Angelica (Puccini)
Royal Irish Academy of Music/Abbey Theatre
2015
Zweite Dame
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Royal Irish Academy of Music
2014
Mirinda
L’Ormindo (Cavalli)
Royal Irish Academy of Music
2012

Contemporary Opera

Chorus
The Second Violinist (Donnacha Dennehy/ Enda Walsh)
Wide Open Opera
2017
Florence Newton
The Vagabones (Raymond Deane)
Opera Collective Ireland
2017

Musical Theatre

Soloist/Chorus
Brigadoon (Loewe/Lerner)
RTÉ Concert Orchestra Chorus/John Wilson
2015

Chorus

Chorus
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Opera Theatre Company
2016
Chorus
May Night (Rimsy-Korsakov)
Royal Academy of Music
2016
Chorus
Nixon in China (Adams)
Wide Open Opera
2014
Chorus
Carmen (Bizet)
Opera Theatre Company
2013

Oratorio/Concerts

Alto Soloist
Requiem (Durufle)
Hutchesons Choral Society
2018
Soloist
Sea Pictures (Elgar)
Lambeth Orchestra
2018
Alto Soloist
Feel the Spirit (Rutter)
Chichester Cathedral
2017
Alto Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Edward Higginbottom/Time & Truth Ensemble
2017
Alto Soloist
Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Penzance Choral Society
2017
Alto Soloist
Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini)
Wendover Choral Society
2017
Soloist
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler)
Esker Festival Orchestra
2017
Alto Soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Harlton Choral Society
2016
Alto Soloist
Mass in D (Dvořák)
Wexford Festival Singers
2015

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Carolyn Holt and Richard Leach Give him this orchid 2017 audio

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Headshot by AP Wilding

Headshot by AP Wilding

Headshot by Moritz Beck

DipRAM award for outstanding performance - Royal Academy of Music (2017)

John McCormack Bursary (2015)

Competitions

Mahler Prize - 1st Place - ESB Feis Ceoil (2016)

Irish Heritage Bursary - Irish Heritage (2015)

P.J. Geoghegan and Gus Smith Memorial Bursary - ESB Feis Ceoil (2015)

The Geraldine McGee Bursary (2015)

The Trench Award and Bursary - Birr Theatre & Arts Centre (2015)

"Among the secondary roles, Carolyn Holt as the voice of Antonia's mother stood out with her rich and seductive mezzo-soprano" - Bachtrack (2018)

"Bouquets to Carolyn Holt (Mrs Jones) for her Brooklyn accent and formidable presence" - Opera Magazine (2018)

"Carolyn Holt’s unsympathetic and shady Mrs Jones...is as oppressive as the city heatwave." - TheWeeReview.com (2018)

"Notable smaller parts include the young Irish mezzo Carolyn Holt as the voice of Antonia's dead mother" - The Irish Times (2018)

"A resonant mezzo-soprano voice that would sound great in any opera house." - Bill Witts (2017)

"Mezzo Carolyn Holt has a wonderfully dark, rich tone " - MusicDurham.co.uk (2017)

MMus Opera - Alexander Gibson Opera School
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2017–2019
MA Vocal Performance (Preparatory Opera) (Distinction)
Royal Academy of Music
2015–2017
BA Vocal Studies (First Class Honours)
Royal Irish Academy of Music
2011–2015

Mezzo-soprano Carolyn Holt recently graduated with Distinction from the MA at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she was a Kohn Foundation Bach scholar and was awarded a DipRAM for outstanding performance, the Cork Scholarship and Isabel May Walton Scholarship. She previously studied with Mary Brennan (RIAM) and soprano Judith Mok in Ireland, Yvonne Howard and Iain Ledingham in London, and is now a member of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she is studying with Scott Johnson and Duncan Williams.

Carolyn has had the opportunity to perform at some of the world's leading venues such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall. Roles include Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (Winterbourne Opera), Donna Elvira (understudy, Opera Theatre Company), Sesto in Giulio Cesare (Scenes), Minskwoman in Dove’s Flight (Scenes), La Zia Principessa in Puccini's Suor Angelica (RIAM, National Theatre of Ireland), Mamma Rosa in Cilea's L'Arlesiana (Scenes), Bridesmaid in Weber’s Der Freischütz (Sir Mark Elder, Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment), and Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte (Scenes). Carolyn also recently performed in the chorus of Don Giovanni (OTC), May Night by Rimsy-Korsakov (Royal Academy Opera), Carmen (OTC) and John Adams' Nixon in China (Wide Open Opera). She premiered a new work as part of The Art of Chaos, presented by the Royal Academy of Music's Composition Department in association with Shoreditch Town Hall and appeared in the premiere of the award winning opera The Second Violinist by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh at the Galway International Arts Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival 2017. Other recent performances 2017 include the OTC Opera Hub's Showcase at the NCH, NI Opera Festival of Voice's Gala Final, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Esker Festival Orchestra in Galway, Cork and Dublin and performances at Electric Picnic's Hazelwood stage for the premiere of a new work devised by OTC's Opera Hub to accompany the classic silent horror film ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’.

Carolyn has performed internationally as a recitalist and soloist with various choral societies. Highlights include recitals at the Royal Overseas League with Irish Heritage, a recital for The Rudolph Kempe Society, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle (Choeur de Lux Aeterna, Normandy)(Wendover Chroal Society), Mozart’s Requiem, Elijah (Penzance Choral Society), Messiah (Edward Higginbottom, Oxford Voices and the Time and Truth Ensemble), soloist in Royal Academy and Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, Chausson's Poeme de l'amour, Rutter’s Feel the Spirit (Chichester Cathedral), Dvořák's Mass in D major (Wexford Festival Singers), Sea Pictures with Lambeth Orchestra and recitals for Lismore Music Festival, Drogheda International Classical Music Series. Birr Arts Festival. and the John McCormack Society. She has participated in masterclasses with Ann Murray, Susan Bullock, Simon Keenlyside, Alison Browner, Iain Burnside and Roy Laughlin.

Carolyn is a regular winner in competitions both at home and abroad, most notably the inaugural Irish Heritage Bursary, The Trench Award and Bursary, the Geraldine McGee Bursary, John McCormack Bursary, Mahler Prize (ESB Feis Ceoil) and the P.J. Geoghegan Memorial Cup & Gus Smith Award (ESB Feis Ceoil). She has been a finalist in the Bernadette Greevy Bursary, Gervase Elwes Memorial Cup and John McCormack Bursaries in both 2015 and 2016.

She will make her debut with Irish National Opera in 2018 singing The Voice (Mother) in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman.

Carolyn is generously supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and the Sybil Tutton Award.

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