THE TURN OF THE SCREW - Britten
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.” ”.
"Carolyn Holt plays Mrs Grose with authority and effortlessly effusive vocal power."
"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."
"Prodigiously talented Carolyn Holt...made light of the fact that Mrs Grose is normally sung by a veteran"
"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."
"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.”.
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”.
"..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..."
"Particularly outstanding are Carolyn Holt as the crusading Sister Helen, her rich-seamed timbre captivating at every emotional level."
"..every word clear, every element of characterization truthful, no shirking the less attractive, obsessive aspects"
Opera Collective Ireland 2019
"Impressive performance from mezzo-soprano Carolyn Holt as Florence"
"Carolyn Holt's powerful and earthy mezzo performance as Florence assumes the recklessness of the condemned."
"Carolyn Holt as Florence Newton, a strong, energetic and vibrant mezzo with a great stage presence.."
LES CONTES D'HOFFMAN
Irish National Opera 2018
"Carolyn Holt as the voice of Antonia's mother stood out with her rich and seductive mezzo-soprano"
"Notable smaller parts include the young Irish mezzo Carolyn Holt as the voice of Antonia's dead mother"
"Other cameos come and go all too quickly, notably ..the beautiful Voice of Carolyn Holt"
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