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Lizzie Holmes

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Despina
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Longborough Festival Opera
2021
Suor Angelica
Suor Angelica (Puccini)
Random Opera (filmed)
2021
Queen of the Night
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Announcement Coming Soon
2021
Donna Elvira
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Announcement Coming Soon
2021
Frasquita
Carmen (Bizet)
Announcement Coming Soon
2021
Musetta​
La Bohème (Puccini)
Oxford Opera
2020
Savitri
Savitri (Holst)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2020
Gilda
Rigoletto (Verdi)
DEBUT/Horizon Project
2020
Adina (cancelled, but role learnt)
L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti)
Longborough Festival Opera
2020
Laurette
Doctor Miracle (Bizet)
Wexford Festival Opera
2019
Il Destino
La Calisto (Cavalli)
Longborough Festival Opera
2019
Dew Fairy
Hansel & Gretel (Humperdinck)
Grange Park Opera
2019
Gretel​
Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck)
Grange Park 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
Mimi
La bohème (Puccini)
King's Head, Trafalgar Studios (Olivier Nominated)
2018
Mavis
A King's Ransom: A Children's Opera (Patrick Hawes)
Into Opera with Britten Sinfonia (premier)
2018
Mum/RaRa
A Shoe Full of Stars (Omar Sharyar)
Gestalt Arts
2018
Miss Wordsworth
Albert Herring (Britten)
The Grange Festival, John Copley CBE
2017
Rosina
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)
Workshop for Glyndebourne, A. Arden
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

Musical Theatre

The Narrator
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Lloyd-Webber)
The Bach Choir, Hammersmith Town Hall
2018
Madame Giry (West End debut)
The Phantom of the Opera (Lloyd-Webber)
Her Majesty's Theatre, Howard Prince
2016

Oratorio/Concerts

Art song and Opera recital
Crush Room Recital (Various)
Royal Opera House
2020
Headline Soloist
Johann Strauss Gala - International Tour (Johann Strauss)
Raymond Gubbay (inc. UK's top concert halls)
2020
Soloist
The Great War Symphony (Hawes)
Cadogan Hall (Bands of the Household Division)
2019
Art Song Recital
Petrarch Sonnets (Liszt)
St Martin in the Fields - Concordia Foundation
2018
Art song and Opera recital
Lunchtime Recital with Lucy Colquhoun (Various)
Royal Albert Hall
2018

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert COVID-cancelled

Cunegonde in Candide at the Minack Theatre

DEBUT at the Royal Opera House, Live at Lunch Concert 2019

Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel Grange Park Opera 2019

Don Carlos, Grange Park Opera

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

Lizzie Holmes, Musetta

Lizzie Holmes, Spring 2019

Mimi in La bohème (Trafalgar Studios, West End)

Mimi in La bohème (Trafalgar Studios, West End)

Paul Bunyan, British Youth Opera

"Taking music lovers to the center of elegance and romance in 19th century Vienna, Lizzie Holmes dazzled with her magnetic voice and splendid ballroom costumes." - SABAH DAILY (TURKISH NATIONAL PRESS) (2020)

“Striking exactly the right bold tone were Rodney Earl Clarke as the sociopathic President and Lizzie Holmes as the armour-plated Strategist, a Vitellia incapable of remorse... sung with style and pizzaz.” — YEHUDA SHAPIRO, OPERA MAGAZINE (2020)

"Bold, beautiful and bewitching... The newcomers Eleanor Sanderson-Nash (as the rather louche Sandman) and Lizzie Holmes as the Dew Fairy take their turns well, with promising sureness of tone and characterisation." - TOWN AND COUNTRY (2019)

"Lizzie Holmes’s winning Dew Fairy" - CLASSICAL SOURCE (2019)

"You couldn’t fault the cast here for comic timing and delivery with Lizzie Holmes’s Laurette bright and playful... you’d be hard pushed to find a more entertaining hour at the opera.” OPERA JOURNAL (2019)

“In the role of Laurette was soprano Lizzie Holmes, who gave an excellent performance. She sang clearly and articulately, her sweet sounding voice imbued with a purity and expansive quality that shone. Her phrasing was precise and secure, and captured both the comedy and the frustrations she had to experience.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ A hugely entertaining, fast-moving and genuinely funny presentation.” — OPERA WIRE (2019)

Bizet’s music sparkles. As Laurette, Lizzie Holmes’s light, lithe soprano was complemented by strong theatrical characterisation. ” - OPERA TODAY (2019)

“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.” — ROBERT HUGILL (2018)

“New audiences are left with open minds and a thirst for discovering more” - CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (For DEBUT's concerts, founded by Lizzie) (2018)

"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)

For Lizzie's full and most recent biography please visit her website (http://www.lizzieholmes.com/)

February 2021
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British soprano Lizzie Holmes is building a reputation as a highly versatile singing actress with a love of collaboration and detailed storytelling. A keen spokesperson for classical music, Lizzie is founder of DEBUT “a great introduction to some of the best talent” (Opera Now) and returns to the Royal College of Music as a Guest Lecturer on Creative Enterprise. Praised for her “infectious smile and creamy soprano” her recent roles have included Laurette in Bizet’s Doctor Miracle for Wexford Festival Opera, Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel for Grange Park Opera, Cunegonde in Candide for Bernstein at 100 at the Minack Theatre, Destino in La Calisto for Longborough Festival Opera and Musetta in the Olivier Award nominated ‘Best New Opera’ La bohème at the Trafalgar Studios for King’s Head Theatre’s first West End transfer.

In 2021 Lizzie will make three Mozart role debuts as Despina in Così fan tutte (Longborough Festival Opera), Queen of the Night and Donna Elvira (announcements coming soon), during the UK’s third National Lockdown she records the title role in Suor Angelica for a Youtube Premier with Random Opera in March, and joins Shadow Opera for their innovative Podcast Opera - Veritable Michael.

Recently Lizzie made her Barbican Hall debut as Headline Soloist for their Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala 2019 and with Raymond Gubbay’s Johann Strauss Gala with solo highlights in 2020 including UNIQ Hall Istanbul, St David’s Hall Cardiff, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. In recital, Lizzie has performed at the Royal Opera House’s Crush Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Church Piccadilly, the Royal Albert Hall, the Cutty Sark, for the Ryedale Festival with clarinettist Julien Bliss and Christopher Glynn and at Cadogan Hall with the Bands of the Household Division.

Lizzie is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, Concordia Foundation Artist, British Youth Opera alumni and Carne Trust scholar. As an undergraduate she read English Literature at Warwick University, worked professionally in devised theatre and was awarded ‘Best Supporting Actor’ at the National Student Drama Festival, she made her West End debut in 2014 in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Lizzie founded DEBUT in 2015, their intimate concert series has been featured by Steinway & Sons and Opera Now and was ranked the No.1 Airbnb Music Experience Globally in 2018. Recently Lizzie has recorded for Military Wives (Lionsgate) and Mike Ladouceur’s debut album Between Worlds and has filmed for The Great (Hulu) and The Crown (Netflix).

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