British soprano Lizzie Holmes is a graduate of the Royal College of Music (Masters of Vocal Performance, Distinction) and Warwick University. Winner of 'Best Supporting Actor' at the National Student Drama Festival, Lizzie has a background in devised theatre and contemporary dance, she made her West End debut at 25 and is now building an opera career as a highly versatile singing actress with a love of collaboration and detailed storytelling. Recent highlights include Mimi & Musetta in La Bohème at the Trafalgar Studios, West End (King's Head Theatre, Olivier Award 2018 nominee for Best New Opera); the premier of Patrick Hawes' A King's Ransom (Into Opera with the Britten Sinfonia); Despina in Così fan tutte (Devon Opera); Cunegonde in Candide for Bernstein's 100th at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall and solo debuts at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Albert Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Lizzie is a Concordia Foundation Artist and is grateful to the ongoing support of The Carne Trust. She founded DEBUT in 2015 to champion classical music's rising stars and co-created their groundbreaking Classical Concert Series 'Debut Treehouse' in 2017 which was featured in Opera Now as 'a great introduction to some of the best new talent' in May 2018.
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Cunegonde in Candide for Bernstein's 100th (Surrey Opera at the Minack Theatre); Mimi/Musetta in the King's Head Theatre's Olivier Awards 2018 nominated La Bohème (Trafalgar Studios, West End); Mavis, lead in the premier of Into Opera's A King's Ransom by Patrick Hawes performing with 160 children and the Britten Sinfonia in Norfolk. Mum/RaRa in the premier of Omar Shahryar's A Shoe Full of Stars with Gestalt Arts supported by The International Opera Awards in York; Stephano, cover in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette and Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera both for Grange Park Opera; Amore in Gluck's Orpheus et Eurydice for Opera in the City Festival.
Lizzie is invited to become a Concordia Foundation Artist and receives a grant from The Carne Trust to spend a month studying German in Berlin and is the winner of an Audition Oracle Bursary. Debut solo recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields as a Concordia Artist and at the Royal Albert Hall both with pianist Lucy Colquhoun as well as concerts with DEBUT across the country in her hometown for the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe, for the Bath Recitals, at the Omnibus Theatre. Lizzie also continues her monthly DEBUT Treehouse Classical Concert Series in partnership with the Shoreditch Treehouse. Performances at the Theatre Cafe, Shaftesbury Avenue and interviews for BBC London, Opera Now and Frensham Heights as well as features on the BBC News & Channel 4 News and an invitation to return as Guest Speaker for the Royal College of Music's Global Entrepreneurship Week.