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Lizzie Holmes

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Dew Fairy
Hansel & Gretel (Humperdinck)
Grange Park Opera
2019
Il Destino
La Calisto (Cavalli)
Longborough Festival Opera
2019
Amor
Orpheus and Eurydice (Gluck)
Opera in the City Festival
2018
Cunegonde
Candide (Bernstein)
Surrey Opera, Minack Theatre
2018
Stephano
Romeo et Juliette (Gounod)
Grange Park Opera
2018
Musetta​ & Mimi
La bohème (Puccini)
King's Head Theatre - Olivier Award Nominee 2018
2018
Mavis
A King's Ransom: A Children's Opera (Patrick Hawes)
Into Opera (OPEN Norwich, World Premier)
2018
Despina
Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)
Devon Opera
2017
Adina
L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti)
Woodhouse Opera Festival
2017
Miss Wordsworth
Albert Herring (Britten)
The Grange Festival, John Copley CBE
2017
Festival Chorus
Carmen (Bizet)
The Grange Festival, Annabel Arden
2017
Rosina
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)
Workshop for Glyndebourne, A. Arden
2016
Donna Elvira
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
British Youth Opera, D. Gowland & E. Kidd
2016
Poppea
The Coronation of Poppea (Monteverdi)
Ryedale Festival, C. Glynn & N. Brazier
2014
La Bergere / La Chouette
L'enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel)
RCM International Opera School, J. Bonas
2014
Ida
The Serpentine (Edwin Hillier)
Tête à Tête Opera, B. Banks-Jones
2014
Workshop
Between Worlds (Tansy Davies)
English National Opera, D. Warner
2014
Frasquita
Carmen (Bizet)
RCM International Opera School, J. Copley
2013
Susanna
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Bloomsbury Opera, R. Parker & D. Lam
2013
Young Tree
Paul Bunyan (Benjamin Britten)
BYO, P. Robinson & W. Kerley
2013
Gretel
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)
Warwick Arts Centre, Opera Warwick
2013
Mimi
La bohème (Puccini)
Warwick Arts Centre, Opera Warwick
2012
Barena / Jenůfa
Jenůfa (Janáček)
Huddersfield Youth Opera, F. Goulding
2011
Pamina
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Warwick Arts Centre, Opera Warwick
2011

Operetta/G&S

Elsie Maynard / Kate
Yeoman of the Guard (Gilbert & Sullivan)
Portsmouth Guildhall, 125th Anniversary
2014
Yum-Yum
The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)
RCM, P. Sunderland & S. Barker
2013
The Brazilian's Dancer
La Vie Parisienne (Offenbach)
RCM International Opera School, J. Davis
2013

Contemporary Opera

Mum/RaRa
A Shoe Full of Stars (Omar Sharyar)
Gestalt Arts
2018

Musical Theatre

The Narrator
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Lloyd-Webber)
The Bach Choir, Hammersmith Town Hall
2018
Madame Giry
The Phantom of the Opera (Lloyd-Webber)
Her Majesty's Theatre, Howard Prince
2016
Madame Firmin (West End debut)
The Phantom of the Opera (Lloyd-Webber)
Her Majesty's Theatre, Howard Prince
2015
Florence / Caroline
Journeying Boys (Iain Burnside)
Britten Theatre, I. Burnside
2013
Sarah Brown
Guys and Dolls (Loesser)
Warwick Arts Centre, MTW
2009
Anita
West Side Story (Bernstein)
Warwick Arts Centre, MTW
2010

Chorus

Oratorio/Concerts

Debut Solo Recital
Petrarch Sonnets (Liszt)
St Martin in the Fields - Concordia Foundation
2018
Debut Solo Recital
Lunchtime Recital with Lucy Colquhoun (Various)
Royal Albert Hall
2018
Chorus
Requiem (Verdi)
The Grange Festival
2017
Soprano Soloist
Gloria (Vivaldi)
Stanborough Park Church
2017
Soprano Soloist
The Creation (English) (Haydn)
Ampleforth Abbey, York
2015
Soprano Soloist
Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms)
The Cantus Ensemble, London
2014
Soprano Soloist
The Armed Man (Karl Jenkins)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
2014
Chamber Chorus
Orpheus, UK Premier (Telemann)
Classical Opera, London Handel Festival
2013
Soprano 1
Requiem (Mozart)
The Elia Ensemble
2013
Soprano Soloist
The Messiah (Handel)
Stanborough Park Church, London
2012

Theatre

Anna Bågenholm
Your Last Breath (devised)
Curious Directive, National Tour, J. Lowe
2012
Sue McHugh
Return to the Silence (devised)
Curious Directive, SHUNT London
2010
Monica Murray
By the Bog of Cats (M. Carr)
National Student Drama Festival
2008

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Fugitive from A Certain Age by Tom Cipullo

©Nick James Photography

Anna in Your Last Breath (Curious Directive, National Tour)

Florence in Journeying Boys (Britten Theatre, written by Iain Burnside)

Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (Warwick Arts Centre)

Madame Firmin in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre)

Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre)

Mavis in A King's Ransom, A Children's Opera by Patrick Hawes (Into Opera & the Britten Sinfonia)

Mavis in A King's Ransom, A Children's Opera by Patrick Hawes (Into Opera & the Britten Sinfonia)

Mimi in La bohème (Trafalgar Studios, West End)

Mimi in La bohème (Trafalgar Studios, West End)

Musetta in La bohème (Trafalgar Studios, West End)

Paul Bunyan, British Youth Opera

Poppea in The Coronation of Poppea (Ryedale Festival)

Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro

Audition Oracle Bursary (2018)

Concordia Foundation Artist (2018)

Olivier Awards 2018 Nominee: Best New Opera (La Boheme) (2018)

The Carne Trust Bursary (2018)

The Carne Trust Bursary (2017)

Richard Carne Trust Bursary (2016)

2nd Place - Lieder Competition, Royal College of Music (2014)

Yvonne Wells Scholar at the Royal College of Music (2014)

Fringe First Award, for Curious Directive's 'Your Last Breath', devised by the company (2012)

Best Supporting Actor at the National Student Drama Festival (2008)

Competitions

Guildford Spring Music Festival Competition - 1st Place (2015)

Finalist - Lies Askonas Singing Competition (2014)

“Lizzie Holmes is enchanting, her broad infectious smile and creamy soprano making the final revelation all the more shocking. One of the most compelling and poignant ends to a Bohème I have witnessed.” — PLANET HUGILL ★★★★ (2018)

“New audiences are left with open minds and a thirst for discovering more” - CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (For DEBUT's Classical Concert Series - Lizzie's company) (2018)

“Sensitively portrayed & well-focused. ” — SUNDAY EXPRESS ★★★★ (2018)

“With a fine young cast... the riotous first half is still followed by a second of unremitting tragedy” — THE TIMES ★★★★ (2018)

"A splendid performance by Lizzie Holmes who portrays Nero's cunning, ambitious mistress" - UK THEATRE NETWORK (2014)

"Playful, but brimming with erotic power. In a magnetic performance, Holmes explored Poppea’s fears & hopes with charismatic flair." - BACHTRACK (2014)

“Her Poppea was Lizzie Holmes, from whom we will surely be hearing a great deal more in future – this is a highly intelligent singing actress (she also has an English degree and has won ‘Best Supporting Actor’ at the National Student Drama Festival) with a warm, fluent soprano and a beguiling stage presence. ” — MUSIC OMH ★★★★ (2014)

"Connections of many different kinds lie at the heart of this rigorous, inventive and intelligent show from the bright young company Curious Directive" - LYN GARDNER, THE GUARDIAN (2012)

"Supremely imaginative... The cast handle the complex, multidimensional narrative with aplomb" (for Your Last Breath, devised by the cast) - THE TELEGRAPH (2012)

Masters of Vocal Performance (Distinction)
Royal College of Music
2012–2014
BA English Literature & Comparative Studies (2:1, hons)
University of Warwick
2008–2011

For Lizzie's up to date biography please visit her website (http://www.lizzieholmes.com/)

June 2018
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Lizzie Holmes, soprano

Dorset soprano Lizzie Holmes graduated with Distinction from the Royal College of Music in 2014 (Masters of Performance, Yvonne Wells Scholar). Prior to this she studied English Literature at Warwick University (BAhons); was awarded ‘Best Supporting Actor’ (National Student Drama Festival); toured nationally with Curious Directive’s 'Your Last Breath' (Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award) and trained for 8 years in ballet and contemporary dance. She’s a Concordia Foundation Artist and is grateful to the support of The Carne Trust.

Lizzie’s 2017/18 season: Mimi & Musetta 'La Bohème' (Olivier Award Nominee 2018 ‘Best New Opera’, King’s Head Theatre at the Trafalgar Studios, West End); debut solo recitals at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Albert Hall & Bath Recitals; Cunegonde 'Candide' (Surrey Opera at the Minack Theatre); Stephano, cover 'Roméo et Juliette' (Grange Park Opera); Amor 'Orpheus & Eurydice' (Opera in the City); Despina 'Così fan tutte' (Devon Opera); Mavis 'A King’s Ransom', world premiere (Into Opera, Britten Sinfonia); Miss Wordsworth, cover 'Albert Herring' (Inaugural Grange Festival); The Narrator 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' (The Bach Choir, Outreach Concert); Adina, cover 'L’Elisir d’Amore' (Woodhouse Opera); Mum/RaRa 'A Shoe Full of Stars' (Gestalt Arts, supported by the International Opera Awards)

Other highlights: La Bergère 'L'enfant et les sortilèges' (RCMIOS); Florence in Burnside’s 'Journeying Boys' (Britten Theatre); In 2014 Lizzie made her West End debut in 'The Phantom of the Opera' (Her Majesty’s Theatre) performing the role of Madame Giry over 80 times; title role 'The Coronation of Poppea' (Ryedale Festival); Susanna 'The Marriage of Figaro' (Bloomsbury Opera); Gretel 'Hansel and Gretel' and Pamina 'The Magic Flute' (both Opera Warwick, Warwick Arts Centre). Lizzie founded DEBUT in 2015, their monthly Concert Series, Debut Treehouse was recently featured in Classical Music Magazine and Opera Now as “a great introduction to some of the best talent”.

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