Soprano Lizzie Holmes was born in Dorset, educated in Surrey and grew up in Ethiopia, Hong Kong and Australia. She is a Concordia Foundation Artist, British Youth Opera alumni and Carne Trust scholar and graduate of the Royal College of Music (Masters of Vocal Performance, Distinction) and Warwick University (English Literature, BAhons). 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 Cunegonde/Candide (Surrey Opera, Minack Theatre); the Olivier Award Nominated ‘Best New Opera’ La bohème as Mimi and Musetta (Trafalgar Studios, West End) and solo recital debuts at the Royal Opera House, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Albert Hall, for the London Bel Canto Festival, and at Cadogan Hall with former Classic FM Composer in Residence Patrick Hawes and the Bands of the Household Division.
This summer Lizzie makes her solo debuts with Grange Park Opera as Dew Fairy/Hansel and Gretel and with Longborough Festival Opera as Destino/La Calisto.
Other operatic highlights include Poppea/The Coronation of Poppea (Ryedale Festival and at the Arcola Theatre for Grimeborn), Despina/Così fan tutte (Devon Opera); the premier of Patrick Hawes' A King's Ransom (Into Opera with the Britten Sinfonia); Miss Wordsworth, cover/Albert Herring (Grange Festival); Susanna/Marriage of Figaro (Bloomsbury Opera); Stephano, cover/Roméo et Juliette (Grange Park Opera); RaRa/A Shoe Full of Stars (Gestalt Arts supported by the International Opera Awards, winner of the International YAM Awards ‘Best Opera’); Amor/Orpheus & Eurydice (Opera in the City); Pamina/The Magic Flute and Gretel/Hansel and Gretel (both for Opera Warwick, Warwick Arts Centre); Narrator/Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Bach Choir).
After graduating from the Royal College of Music, Lizzie went straight into her West End debut in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. To date, she is the youngest person in the world to professionally play Madame Giry, performing the role over 80 times.
A keen spokeswoman for introducing opera and classical music to new audiences Lizzie founded DEBUT in 2015. She is the co-founder of the internationally renowned DEBUT at the Shoreditch Treehouse, Airbnb’s No 1. Music Experience 2018 (Forbes.com), and has helped showcase over 150 rising star musicians through the company. Lizzie has been interviewed for Opera Now, Classical Music Magazine, the Dorset Echo and on BBC Radio. She 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.
Lizzie is represented by Patrick Allen at Connaught Artists.