Soprano Lizzie Holmes was born in Dorset, educated in Surrey and grew up in Ethiopia, Hong Kong and Australia. Winner of 'Best Supporting Actor' at the National Student Drama Festival, Lizzie has a background in devised theatre and contemporary dance and initially read English Literature as an undergraduate at Warwick University. After graduating with distinction from her Masters at the Royal College of Music, Lizzie went straight into her West End debut at Her Majesty’s Theatre in The Phantom of the Opera and is now building an opera career as a highly versatile singing actress with a love of collaboration and detailed storytelling.
Lizzie’s 2018/19 season includes solo debuts with Grange Park Opera as Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (where Lizzie will also cover the role of Gretel), with Longborough Festival Opera as Destino in Cavalli’s La Calisto and with Wexford Opera Festival as Laurette in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle. Lizzie stepped in to save the day for the 10 year anniversary tour of Opera Up Close’s Oliver Award winning La bohème at the Stephen Joseph Theatre singing in Mimi with under 24 hours notice, receiving praise for her “adaptability to be parachuted in and perform so well” (The Scarborough News). Lizzie also made her recital debuts at the Royal Opera House for their Live at Lunch Series, with the London Bel Canto Festival and for DEBUT at the Old Operating Theatre, she continues to host and run the internationally renowned DEBUT at Shoreditch Treehouse concert series (“A great introduction to some of the best talent” - Opera Now). Other highlights include performing with the Bands of the Household Division for their annual Scarlett and Gold concerts at Cadogan Hall as soprano soloist for Hawes’ The Great War Symphony and a six week recital tour of the Middle East and Asia with the Concordia Foundation. Lizzie is now represented by Patrick Allen at Connaught Artists.
2017/18 saw role debuts in the Olivier Award Nominated ‘Best New Opera’ as both Mimi and Musetta in La bohème for King’s Head Theatre’s first West End season at the Trafalgar Studios (“Holmes is enchanting, her broad infectious smile & creamy soprano making the final revelation all the more shocking.” - Planet Hugill); as Cunegonde in Candide for Bernstein at 100 with Surrey Opera at the breathtaking Minack Theatre; Amor in Orpheus and Eurydice for Opera in the City; as Despina in Così fan tutte for Devon Opera; as Stephano, cover in Roméo et Juliette for Grange Park Opera and in concert with the Bach Choir’s outreach programme as The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Contemporary works included premiering Patrick Hawes’ ambitious A King’s Ransom - A Children’s Opera with Into Opera and the Britten Sinfonia (where Lizzie performed alongside 160 Norwich school children!) and as RaRa in A Shoe Full of Stars by Omar Sharyar with Gestalt Arts supported by the International Opera Awards (YAM Award Winner ‘Best Opera’ 2018). Lizzie was also invited to become a Concordia Foundation Artist and made her recital debuts at St Martin-in-the-Fields performing Liszt’s Petrarch Sonnets and at the Royal Albert Hall with Lucy Colquhoun and in Masterclass with Stephen Barlow at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Other opera highlights include Poppea/The Coronation of Poppea (Ryedale Festival and at the Arcola Theatre for Grimeborn), Miss Wordsworth, cover/Albert Herring (Grange Festival); Susanna/Marriage of Figaro (Bloomsbury Opera); Pamina/The Magic Flute and Gretel/Hansel and Gretel (both for Opera Warwick, Warwick Arts Centre); Adina, cover/L’elisir d’amore (Woodhouse Opera); La Bergère & La Chouette/L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Royal College of Music International Opera School); Young Tree/Paul Bunyan (British Youth Opera). Musical and theatre roles include Madame Giry/The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Anita/West Side Story, Sarah Brown/Guys and Dolls and Amy/Company (all Warwick Arts Centre) and Eliza Doolittle/My Fair Lady (Aldridge Theatre); Florence/Journeying Boys by Iain Burnside (Britten Theatre, premier); Elsie, cover/The Yeomen of the Guard (RCM, Portsmouth Guildhall); Anna/Your Last Breath (Curious Directive, National Tour and Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award Winner).
A keen spokeswoman for classical music, Lizzie founded DEBUT in 2015. Their internationally renowned ‘DEBUT at the Shoreditch Treehouse’ series was crowned Airbnb’s No 1. Music Experience 2018 (Forbes.com) and Lizzie has subsequently been interviewed for Opera Now, Classical Music Magazine, the Dorset Echo and on BBC Radio. Lizzie returned to Frensham Heights School as their Founders’ Day Guest Speaker in 2018 and is a guest lecturer at the Royal College of Music on Creative Entrepreneurship.