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Madeleine Holmes

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Italian, German, French

Opera

Elisetta
Il Matrimonio Segreto (Cimarosa)
Scheggino Opera
2018
Mimi​
La Boheme (Puccini)
The Black Cat Opera Company
2017
Alice Ford
Falstaff (Verdi)
Italian Opera Summer School , Puglia
2016
Contessa Almaviva
Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Italian Opera Summer School, Puglia
2016
Ginevra
Ariodante (Handel)
Italian Opera Summer School, Puglia
2016
Romilda
Xerxes (Handel)
Hampstead Garden Opera, cond. Richard Hetherington
2015
Cio-Cio San
Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Lambeth Orchestra, cond. Christopher Fifield
2014
Giorgetta
Il tabarro (Puccini)
Co-Opera Co, cond. Martin Handley
2013
Strekoza
Strekoza i Muravei (Brian Hosefros)
Tete a Tete / Arcola
2013
Dido
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
Constanza Chorus / St Sepulchre, London
2012
Musetta​
La Boheme (Puccini)
Park Opera
2010
Eve
The Diaries of Adam and Eve (David Josiah Moore)
Arcola Theatre
2010
Tatyana
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2008
Naiad
Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss, R)
Windsor Festival
2007
Despina
Cosi fan Tutte (Mozart)
Oxford Touring Opera
2007

Operetta/G&S

Soprano soloist
Excerpts from various operettas (Strauss, J, and others)
Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
2013
Phyllis
Iolanthe (Gilbert & Sullivan)
WEOS
2010
Euridice
Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach)
WEOS
2009
Yum-Yum
The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)
WEOS
2007

Musical Theatre

Beggar Woman (Lucy Barker)
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Huddersfield Town Hall
2018
Mrs Lovett
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Dartington International Festival,
2017

Chorus

Chorus
The Pilgrim's Progress (Vaughan Williams)
Philharmonia Voices, cond. Richard Hickox
2008
Chorus
Death in Venice (Britten)
Philharmonia Voices, cond. Richard Hickox / QEH
2008

Oratorio/Concerts

Soprano soloist
Nelson Mass (Haydn)
St Katherine Cree, London
2018
Soprano soloist
Dixit Dominus (Handel)
Uxbridge Choral Society
2018
Soprano soloist
Exsultate, Jubilate (Mozart)
Concordium, Church of the Holy Spirit, London
2018
Excerpts: Violetta, La Traviata; Antonia, Hoffmann
La Traviata (Verdi)
St Marylebone Festival
2018
Soprano soloist
Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
St John's, Waterloo
2017
Soprano soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
St Martin-in-the-Fields
2017
Soprano soloist
My Dearest Hedgehog: Strauss and Pauline (Strauss, R; dramaturgy by Henrietta Bredin)
Collaboration with Morley College
2015
Soprano soloist
A Pretence of Wit (Ed Nesbit)
ROH Clore / New Dots Symposium
2014
Soprano soloist
The Creation (Haydn)
St John's Waterloo
2014
Soprano soloist
Rejoice in the Lamb & Requiem (Britten & Howard Goodall)
Derby Choral Union
2013
Soprano soloist
'Nelson' Mass & Requiem (Haydn & Faure)
Peterborough Cathedral
2011
Soprano soloist
Coronation Mass (Mozart)
Southbank Sinfonia / Anghiari Festival
2011
Soprano Soloist
Life Lessens (Julian Philips)
Wigmore Hall and Bloomsbury Festival
2008
Soprano soloist
Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms)
Harpenden Choral Society
Soprano soloist
Fields of Sorrow (Harrison Birtwhistle)
Aldeburgh Festival / Ades
Soprano soloist
St John Passion (Bach)
St George's Cathedral
2016

Session Work

Soprano - ensemble
Various - deputy soprano (Various)
BBC Singers

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Donde lieta uscì al tuo grido: La Bohème Live July 2018

Poulenc Les Chemins De L'amour MH Live July 2018

Strauss Nichts Nov 13

Finzi Trust Travel Scholarship (2011)

Competitions

Finalist, Chelsea Schubert Competition (2010)

"As his beleaguered fiancée Romilda, Madeleine Holmes was dignified and self-assured, with a velvety rich voice and a core of inner calm in the face of Xerxes' unwelcome attentions" - www.theidlewoman.blogspot.co.uk (2015)

"Soprano Madeleine Holmes certainly has all the verve and vocal agility for the part of Romilda, a feisty Handel heroine... vivid, characterful acting" - Early Music Today, www.earlymusictoday.com (2015)

"...superb performances with Holmes in particular giving the role a great deal of elan" - Robert Hugill, www.planethugill.com (2013)

"Madeleine Holmes (soprano) gave a stunning performance as Strekoza. Musically outstanding” - PlaysToSee, www.arcolatheatre.com (2013)

Crear Scholar
Crear French Opera Course with Malcolm Martineau
2017
BA Joint Hons, French and Italian (2:1)
Emmanuel College, Cambridge
PGCE, Secondary Education (Music)
Institute of Education, University of London
The Knack
English National Opera

Madeleine studied French and Italian at Cambridge, where she was a choral scholar at Emmanuel College, and subsequently trained on ENO’s ‘Knack’ programme for young singers.

Opera roles include Naiad Ariadne auf Naxos, Tatyana Eugene Onegin, Mimi and Musetta La Bohème, Giorgetta Il Tabarro, Cio-Cio San (cover), Madama Butterfly and Romilda Xerxes and, in scenes and concert work, Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro, Ginevra Ariodante and Alice Ford Falstaff. Madeleine has created the roles of Eve in David Moore’s chamber opera The Diaries of Adam and Eve and Strekoza in Brian Hosefros’ Strekoza i Muravej, for Tete-a-Tete and the Arcola.

Most recently she played Mrs Lovett in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd for Dartington International Festival conducted by George Vass and directed by Richard Williams, and, as a 2017 Crear scholar, studied Massenet's Manon in masterclass with Audrey Saint-Gil, Jennifer Ringo and Malcolm Martineau. She returns to Sweeney Todd this year as Beggar Woman (Lucy Barker) in a fully-staged performance with the Slaithwaite Philharmonic at Huddersfield Town Hall.

Madeleine works regularly with pianist Gavin Roberts, with whom she was Finalist in the 2010 Chelsea Schubert Festival Competition and performed at the New Dots Symposium at the ROH / Clore. She has also worked with pianists Jonathan Beatty and John Reid, notably on the première of Julian Philips’ Life Lessens at the Bloomsbury Festival and Wigmore Hall. In 2011 she received a travel scholarship from the Finzi Trust to begin research into the lesser-performed 20th century Italian song repertoire.

Concert performances include Mozart Requiem (St Martin-in-the-Fields), Carmina Burana and Haydn Creation (St John's, Waterloo), St John Passion (St George's Cathedral), Faure Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass (Peterborough Cathedral), Mozart Coronation Mass (Anghiari Festival).

Madeleine further combines her love of languages, music and acting in her teaching work as a Vocal Tutor at Morley College, where she runs masterclasses in song and performance, and as vocal coach for the Actors Richmond Centre. She is regular soprano with the professional church choir of St Etheldreda’s, Ely Place.

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