Carolyn reaches semi-final of the Premiere Opera Competition
The Premiere Opera Foundation’s International Vocal Competition assembles the most esteemed operatic judging panels, consisting of elite industry professionals, and world renowned superstars, to discover and honor the most promising, up and coming, young opera singers in the world today.
The Friends of the Vocal Arts is delighted to introduce the Veronica Dunne Bursary for Young Irish Singers, a new funding and mentoring initiative to develop Irish singing talent. With an overall fund of €15,000, the distribution of these awards will reflect the jury’s assessment of each recipient’s needs. On the basis of performance and interview, the experienced judging panel will devise a bespoke career plan for the successful singers. These personalised pathways could contribute to their development through such intensive work as musical or language coachings/ stagecraft classes and masterclasses.
Founded in 1963 by Jacint Vilardell to commemorate the Catalan tenor Francisco Viñas, the competition has become one of the major contests in the opera, oratorio and Lied world, in which young singers from all over the world take part every year.
Carolyn performs with Garsington Opera in a concert version of Fidelio
The outstanding cast, led by Katherine Broderick as Leonore and Toby Spence as Florestan, performs Peter Mumford's semi-staged concert of Beethoven's masterwork, complete with a beautifully filmed backdrop, that Garsington Opera last performed to great critical acclaim at the Philharmonie in Paris in 2016.
Douglas Boyd conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a specially arranged, reduced orchestration. The wonderful singing of our chorus is pre-recorded and artfully integrated into the performance.
"Carolyn Holt’s Dido was particularly affecting, her smooth mezzo betraying little of her final intent"
"Forming the backbone of the work... Carolyn Holt’s strong spiritual mezzo as Sister Helen provided impressive focus and beautifully bookend the opera with the unaccompanied hymn “He will gather us around”. - Bachtrack
"Particularly outstanding are Carolyn Holt as the crusading Sister Helen, her rich-seamed timbre captivating at every emotional level." - The Scotsman
"Carolyn Holt as the voice of Antonia's mother stood out with her rich and seductive mezzo-soprano" - Bachtrack
"Carolyn Holt’s Dido was particularly affecting, her smooth mezzo betraying little of her final intent" - Bachtrack
"Carolyn Holt's powerful and earthy mezzo performance as Florence assumes the recklessness of the condemned."
"Bouquets to Carolyn Holt (Mrs Jones) for her Brooklyn accent and formidable presence" - Opera Magazine
Vinas Competition - Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition
"Rich and seductive mezzo-soprano" - "powerful and earthy mezzo"
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