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Carolyn reaches semi-final of the Zenith Opera Competition
May 2021

Zenith Opera Competition is a new vocal competition established to showcase the talents of singers that are in the prime of their vocal prowess and are looking for more exposure in their opera careers. Carolyn is singing Octavian and Sesto in the semi-final of this completely online competition.

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Carolyn begins with Garsington Opera as a Young Artist
April 2021

Garsington Opera's Young Artist Programme is one of the most comprehensive in the industry. Carolyn joins Garsington to cover Madame Larina in Eugene Onegin and Coryphee in Le Comte Ory, as well as performing in both choruses. Participants receive an unparalleled level of experience and support through the season and beyond. The young artists learn from the top practitioners about every aspect of being an opera singer in the 21st century. They receive world-class coaching through seminars, masterclasses and performance opportunities. They are chosen through a rigorous audition process aimed at finding the most promising young talent, and then supported in many different ways as they make their way through the profession.

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Carolyn reaches semi-final of the Premiere Opera Competition
December 2020
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.
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Carolyn wins €5000 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition Bursary
November 2020
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.
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Carolyn is awarded second place in the Bampton Opera Young Singers' Competition 
November 2019
The biennial Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers' Competition is aimed at identifying the country's finest emerging young singers, was launched in 2013. The runner-up prize was awarded jointly to soprano Daniella Sicari and mezzo-soprano Carolyn Holt. 
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Carolyn reaches 2nd round of the Offenbach Grand Prix International Singing Competition
May 2021

Τhe Jacques Offenbach Grand Prix is a new initiative by the Festival Gegen den Strom in Bad Ems. This international online singing competition puts Jacques Offenbach in the spotlight and creates a new platform for professional singers where they can present themselves and connect to opera companies and festivals. Carolyn was put through to the second round by the Audience vote.

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Carolyn's operatic start-up business enjoys success
April 2021

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 final round of the Tenor Viñas Contest
December 2020
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. 
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Carolyn performs with Garsington Opera in a concert version of Fidelio
September 2020

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.

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Carolyn is awarded the Dermot Troy Prize for Best Irish Singer at the VDISC
January 2019

The Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition is a triennial international classical singing competition held in Dublin, Ireland. The competition invites the most talented young singers to compete on this global stage, with a star-studded Jury, international press coverage and exposure to the most influential people in the industry.

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Carolyn reaches semi-finals of the Grange International Singing Competition 
October 2019
Open to singers of any nationality up to 32 years old, the grange International Singing Competition is shaped to reflect the artistic vision behind The Grange Festival. Repertoire for the 2019 Competition is anything composed until 1830 with the orchestra for the final being The Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Peter Robinson.
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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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