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"Particularly outstanding is Carolyn Holt as the crusading Sister Helen, her rich-seamed timbre captivating at every emotional level." 

- The Scotsman

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NEWS

Royal Opera House -  Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition  

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Carolyn begins 2nd year as a Garsington Alvarez Young Artist, covering Susan Bickley as Mrs Grose
April 2022

Carolyn looks forward to covering Mrs Grose in Louisa Muller’s acclaimed production, winner of the 2020 RPS Award. Mark Wigglesworth makes his debut at Garsington conducting Britten’s extraordinary masterpiece.

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Carolyn's operatic start-up business enjoys success
2020-Present

At the beginning of the pandemic, Carolyn and her partner Mark Nathan, a successful baritone and lyricist, set up Send-a-Song.  Send-a-Song creates bespoke songs; written, performed, and recorded especially for you. Whatever the occasion, we can make something truly special. From re-imagined operatic classics to brand new original songs, Send-a-Song allows you to give the gift of music.

 

So far Send-a-Song has been featured on Opera Wire and Opera Magazine. 

For more information, please visit www.sendasong.co.uk

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Carolyn reaches semi-final of the VIII Alfredo Kraus International Singing Competition
September 2021
Aiming to support young opera singers of all nationalities, the FIAK and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria have revived a personal initiative of Alfredo Kraus. In 1990, Gran Canaria’s illustrious tenor brought to life his project for an international singing competition, held as a biennial event in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the city of his birth.

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Carolyn performs as Madame Larina in Eugene Onegin to standing ovation at the Garsington Opera 'Opera First' Performance
July 2021

OperaFirst gives an exceptional opportunity to a new generation of young people to explore the musical and dramatic themes of an opera through in-school workshops, before attending a full-scale performance at Wormsley. Carolyn covered the role of Madame Larina at Garsington Opera this year, and was delighted to perform the role with full costume, orchestra and set. at the Opera First performance.

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Carolyn begins rehearsals for ROH debut in Deborah Warner's production of Peter Grimes
February 2022

Carolyn looks forward to covering Mrs Sedley in this production of Britten's Peter Grimes. Following Deborah Warner’s award winning production of Billy Budd in 2019, The Royal Opera continues its Benjamin Britten series with her new production of Peter Grimes, which had its premiere in Madrid in April 2021.

Mark Elder conducts a cast that includes British singers Allan Clayton, Bryn Terfel and John Tomlinson, alongside Maria Bengtsson and former Jette Parker Young Artist Jacques Imbrailo.

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*POSTPONED* Carolyn reaches live rounds of international competition
January 2022

*POSTPONED - NEW DATES AUGUST 2022* Carolyn has qualified for the live rounds of the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition 2022. She reached the semi-finals of the 2019 competition and was awarded the Dermot Troy Prize. The esteemed panel includes Jane Carty, Richard Bonynge AC CBE, Tara Erraught, Christina Scheppelman, David Lomeli, David Gowland, Henning Ruhe and Andreas Schubert.
 

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Carolyn qualifies for live audition rounds of Neue Stimmen
September 2021

The international singing competition NEUE STIMMEN has become one of the most famous opera competitions in the world during the last 30 years. Live rounds begin during the autumn with singers from across the globe aiming to qualify for the final rounds in Germany in March 2022.

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REVIEWS

"Rich and seductive mezzo-soprano"   -   "powerful and earthy mezzo"

"Carolyn Holt’s Dido was particularly affecting, her smooth mezzo betraying little of her final intent"

- Bachtrack

"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." 

Independent.ie

 

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

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