THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA- Britten

Bianca

Royal Opera House and Britten Pears Arts 2022

"Carolyn Holt (Bianca)... sang with shining purity ”.

Opera Today

"Carolyn Holt's Bianca is warm, protective, defiant"

The Telegraph

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA

Britten

Royal Opera House & Britten Pears 2022

"Carolyn Holt... sang with shining purity ." 

Opera Today

"Carolyn Holt... impressed as Bianca."

Bachtrack

"Playing Bianca, Lucretia’s nurse, Irish mezzo-soprano Carolyn Holt is convincingly motherly with a powerful rich texture to her voice."

London Unattached

"Carolyn Holt's Bianca is..warm, protective, defiant".

The Telegraph

Sarah Dufresne’s clear, bell-like soprano contrasts nicely with Holt’s warm mezzo. 

Guardian

"(Lucretia) is convincingly supported by Carolyn Holt, offering a centred, maternal view".

The Stage

"There is warmth in Carolyn Holt's Bianca."

Culture Whisper

WERTHER - Massenet

Charlotte

Lyric Opera Ireland 2022

"The Irish mezzo Carolyn Holt was making her debut as Charlotte and was impressive in the role, having big success with the Letter Scene.”. 

Opera Magazine September 2022

 

THE TURN OF THE SCREW - Britten

Mrs Grose

Garsington Opera 2022

"... the voice is certainly mature enough to cope with the role’s demands. Her deferential acting underlined the often neglected class-bound aspect of this work. Revealing the former Quint-Jessel relationship, she sounded less shocked at “he had his will, morning and night” than at “and she a lady, so far above him.” 

Bachtrack

"Carolyn Holt plays Mrs Grose with authority and effortlessly effusive vocal power."

The Stage

"Carolyn Holt... is splendid, with her relatively light voice feeling very mature on the one hand yet extremely fresh on the other. One really senses that there is genuine friendship between she and the Governess as the pair build up rapport extremely quickly."

Music OMH

"Prodigiously talented Carolyn Holt...made light of the fact that Mrs Grose is normally sung by a veteran"

The Sunday Mail

"Carolyn Holt was no less convincing as Mrs Grose.  Her reluctance to assume the worst of the children and ease of chemistry with Wingate was superbly achieved... Her voice shone with a maturity perfectly matching the role."

Opera Today

"It must be nerve-wracking for a young singer to step into such a role and Carolyn Holt applied herself with aplomb, settling convincingly and confidently into her part... The audience showed approval of her performance with loud drumming of feet at the curtain call.”.

London Unattached

Carolyn Holt (Bianca) Sarah Dufresne (Lucia) BPA_ROH Lucretia © Camilla Greenwell 2022_135
Anne Marie Stanley (Lucretia) Carolyn Holt (Bianca)  BPAROH Lucretia © Camilla Greenwell 2
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DEAD MAN WALKING - UK Staged Premiere

Sister Helen Prejean

Alexander Gibson Opera School 2019

"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

"..the first full production in the UK – is top quality. That goes for the performances too, and especially that of mezzo Carolyn Holt as Sister Helen, whose singing is matched with nuanced, characterful acting..."

The Herald Scotland

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

The Scotsman

"..every word clear, every element of characterization truthful, no shirking the less attractive, obsessive aspects"

Opera Scotland

VAGABONES

Florence Newton

Opera Collective Ireland 2019

"Impressive performance from mezzo-soprano Carolyn Holt as Florence"

Irish Times

"Carolyn Holt's powerful and earthy mezzo performance as Florence assumes the recklessness of the condemned." 

Independent.ie

"Carolyn Holt as Florence Newton, a strong, energetic and vibrant mezzo with a great stage presence.." 

OperaKey.com

Vagabones by Raymond Deane with Opera Co
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VIVALDI GLORIA

Mezzo Soloist

Epsom Choral Society 2022

"Mezzo Carolyn Holt was commandingly impressive in her solo movement Qui sedes. Little wonder that  she is party to the universally praised Peter Grimes currently playing at Covent Garden"

Linda Chang

 

FEEL THE SPIRIT

Mezzo Soloist

Chichester Singers 2017

"A resonant mezzo-soprano voice that would sound great in any opera house."

Bill Witts

MESSIAH

Mezzo Soloist

Opera dei Lumi 2017

"Mezzo Carolyn Holt has a wonderfully dark, rich tone "

MusicDurham

DIDO AND AENEAS

Dido

Alexander Gibson Opera School 2019

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

Bachtrack

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STREET SCENE

Mrs Jones

Alexander Gibson Opera School 2018

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

"Carolyn Holt’s unsympathetic and shady Mrs Jones...is as oppressive as the city heatwave." TheWeeReview.com

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LES CONTES D'HOFFMAN

La Voix

Irish National Opera 2018

 

"Carolyn Holt as the voice of Antonia's mother stood out with her rich and seductive mezzo-soprano"

Bachtrack

 

"Notable smaller parts include the young Irish mezzo Carolyn Holt as the voice of Antonia's dead mother"

The Irish Times

 

"Other cameos come and go all too quickly, notably ..the beautiful Voice of Carolyn Holt" 

 Golden Plec

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