Lizzie Holmes
Lizzie Holmes

about

Dorset soprano Lizzie Holmes graduated with Distinction from the Royal College of Music (Masters of Vocal Performance) as a Yvonne Wells Award scholar in 2014. Prior to this she studied English Literature at Warwick University (BAhons), toured nationally with the award winning devised theatre ensemble Curious Directive and was awarded ‘Best Supporting Actor’ at the National Student Drama Festival. Lizzie is a Concordia Artist and is grateful to the ongoing support of The Carne Trust.

With her ‘enchanting and creamy soprano’ (Planet Hugill), Lizzie’s roles include Mimi & Musetta in the King’s Head Theatre’s Oliver Award 2018 nominated La Bohème (Trafalgar Studios, West End); a 'magnetic performance' (Bachtrack) in the title role The Coronation of Poppea (Grimeborn & Ryedale Festival); lead in Hawes’ A King’s Ransom, premier (Into Opera, Britten Sinfonia); Despina Così fan tutte (Devon Opera); Miss Wordsworth, cover Albert Herring (Inaugural Grange Festival); Susanna The Marriage of Figaro (Bloomsbury Opera); La Bergère L'enfant et les sortilèges (RCMIOS), Gretel Hansel and Gretel and Pamina The Magic Flute (both Opera Warwick, Warwick Arts Centre); Florence in Burnside’s Journeying Boys (Britten Theatre); over 80 performances as Madame Giry The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre, West End debut); solo performances at St James’ Piccadilly and the V&A. Lizzie founded Debut in 2015, their groundbreaking co-created concert series with the Shoreditch Treehouse (‘intimate, alternative, engaging’ - Planet Hugill) was recently featured in Opera Now and Dorset Living.


Future/current performances: Cunegonde Candide for Bernstein’s 100th (Menick Theatre, Cornwall with Surrey Opera); Lizzie’s debut solo recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields with pianist Lucy Colquhoun; Mum/RaRa in Shahryar’s A Shoe Full of Stars (Gestalt Arts supported by the International Opera Awards, Lawrence Batley Theatre); concerts with the Bath Recitals and at the Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth; Stephano, cover in Roméo et Juliette (Grange Park Opera).  

 

Get in touch for Lizzie's official biography / CV

 


Repertoire 

Opera - full roles

Britten - Albert Herring (Miss Wordsworth)

Britten - Paul Bunyan (Young Tree)

Donizetti - L’elisir d’Amore (Adina)

Gluck - Orpheus and Eurydice (Amore)

Gounod - Roméo et Juliette (Stephano)

Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel (Gretel)

Monteverdi - The Coronation of Poppea (Poppea)

Mozart - Così fan tutte (Despina)

Mozart - The Magic Flute (Pamina)

Mozart - The Marriage of Figaro (Susanna)

Puccini - La Bohème (Mimi)

Puccini - La Bohème (Musetta)

Purcell - Dido and Aeneas (First Witch)

Ravel - L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (La Bergère & La Chouette)

 

New Works / Premiers

Hawes - A King’s Ransom (Mavis)

Hillier - Hogarth’s Stages: The Serpentine (Ida)

Shahryar - A Shoe Full of Stars (Mum / RaRa)

 

musical theatre 

Bernstein - Candide (Cunegonde)

Bernstein - West Side Story (Anita)

Lloyd-Webber - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator)

Lloyd-Webber - The Phantom of the Opera (Madame Giry)

Loesser - Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown)

Loewe - My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle)

Sondheim - Putting it Together (Woman 1)

Sondheim - Company (Amy)

Sullivan - The Yeomen of the Guard (Elsie)

 

 

 

 

 

Opera

 
Screen Shot Lizzie Boheme.png
 
With a fine young cast... the riotous first half is still followed by a second of unremitting tragedy
— The Times (La Bohème) ★★★★
Patrick Hawes (former composer-in-residence at Classic FM) creates a sound world that is achingly beautiful and very moving...As theatrical as it is inspiring.

With 160 children on and off the stage, this could be chaos, but it isn’t. It’s wonderful.
— Eastern Daily Press (A King's Ransom)

Debut Treehouse Classical Concert Series with pianist Ben Lewis-Smith

Sensitively portrayed & well-focused.
— Sunday Express ★★★★ (La Bohème)

With Elspeth Wilkes, piano & William Rudge, cello. New English Libretto by Adam Spreadbury-Maher & Becca Marriott. 

Lizzie Holmes’ Mimi is enchanting, her broad infectious smile and creamy soprano making the final revelation all the more shocking.
One of the most compelling and poignant ends to a Boheme I have witnessed.
— Planet Hugill (La Bohème) ★★★★
Holmes makes a fabulous Poppea: playful, but brimming with erotic power. In a magnetic performance, Holmes explored Poppea’s fears and hopes with charismatic flair
— Bachtrack (The Coronation of Poppea) ★★★★
Recorded live with pianist Chad Vindin
 

The Phantom of the Opera

Her Majesty's Theatre, West End

2014 - 2016

 
IMG_4093.jpg

 

Time lapse of Lizzie Holmes becoming Madame Giry at Her Majesty's Theatre where Phantom of the Opera has been playing for over 30 years. Lizzie was 1st cover Madame Giry from 2015-2016 and performed the role over 80 times.
 

Royal College of Music, London

Masters of Vocal Performance, Distinction 2012 - 2014

 
RoyalCollegeMusic.jpg
 
An especially striking scene was the performance of Claude Debussy’s carousel song ‘Chevaux de bois’ [sung by Lizzie Holmes] in the vocal class
— Bachtrack (Journeying Boys) ★★★★

From Tom Cipullo's song cycle Of A Certain Age. Recorded live in concert at the RCM: Lizzie Holmes soprano & Jo Ramadan pianist 

 

 

 
The unexpected delight of this evening was the sheer quality of these short works, musically, visually and dramatically: each distinctly different, but all full of excellence and imagination
— Bachtrack (Hogarth's Stages - The Serpentine) ★★★★★

Watch Now: Hogarth's stages - The Serpentine

Watch Hogarth's Stages - The Serpentine: Peter Aisher & Lizzie Holmes

A very effective piece, if disturbing, and made more enjoyable by Lizzie Holmes’ performance as the priggish heroine Ida.
— Classical Source (Hogarth's Stages - The Serpentine)
Completely Enchanting
— Classical Source (L'enfant et les sortilèges)
 

curious directive

Multi-Award Winning British Theatre Company

 
Murdos_YLB_01.jpg
 

curious directive are a multi-award winning British Theatre company led by director Jack Lowe, founded in 2008. Productions are devised and written by members of the ensemble and scientists and explore life through the lens of science using cameras, projection, live music and movement.

Supremely imaginative
— The Telegraph (YOUR LAST BREATH) ★★★★

Lizzie was an original member of curious directive from 2008 - 2012, which came out of The University of Warwick. She devised and performed in Return to the Silence, Your Last Breath and Le Corps Perdu for the Edinburgh International Science Festival as well as helping with R&D for Exoplanets at Latitude Festival. 

Trailer for Return to the Silence (Sue McHugh)at the VAULTS, London

Connections of many different kinds lie at the heart of this rigorous, inventive and intelligent show from the bright young company Curious Directive
— Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ★★★★
 
Powerful…a dramatic pleasure
— Time Out ★★★★