BBC Look East Feature - A King's Ransom


BBC Look East's feature about A King's Ransom, Into Opera's ambitious children's opera and education project which premiered on 1 February 2018 at OPEN Norwich. Lizzie helped lead the premiercomposed by Patrick Hawes as they only professional singer alongside 160 school children.


Patrick Hawes – Composer

Andrew Hawes – Librettist

Genevieve Raghu – Stage Director

Tom Floyd – Music Director

Michael Pavelka – Designer 

Natasha Khamjani – Choreographer

Lizzie Homes - Soprano


Into Opera
But this is the point of Into Opera’s project: bringing the children without hesitation into working contact with professionals of the highest quality, to produce a truly memorable – and perhaps game-changing – experience of opera.
— Operissima, Charlotte Valori

School children from four across Norfolk have been getting the chance to take part in a new opera. Into Opera has been going into schools over 15 weeks to show them more about the art form. Watch Norwich Now's feature as they filmed rehearsals and interviews in the final week before the premier. 

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For the moment, here's the rest (mainly archive) of Lizzie's diary..

  • Debut/Russell-Cotes - Pop Up Recital (13:30) | Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth in association with the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe with Joel Williams, tenor and Jo Ramadan, piano | 6 May

April 201

  • DID Deutsch Institut, Berlin supported by The Carne Trust | 4 week course 

arch 2018

  • Debut/Mark's Club - Italian Opera | Mark's Club, Mayfair with Katie Coventry, mezzo soprano and Ben Smith, tenor | 23 March 19:00

February 2018

  • Mavis in A King's Ransom, premier by Patrick Hawes | Into Opera & the Britten Sinfoniaat Open Norwich with 160 school children. Book tickets here. | 1,2 February
  • Soloist - An Evening with Stephen Barlow & Grange Park Opera | V&A Museum, London  Masterclass | 5 February

  • NEWS | Appointed as a Concordia Foundation Artist | read about the Foundation

  • Debut/RCM - A Celebration of Valentine's Day | Concert at Guy's, St Thomas' Hospital  supported by Breath Arts and Health Trust with David Fearn, tenor; Benedict Lewis-Smith, piano and Manu Brazo, saxophone | 14 February

  • Debut Treehouse - Classical Concert Series with a Twist | Shoreditch Treehouse   Performers: Sofia Castillo, flute; Yaroslava Trofymchuk, cello; Lizzie Holmes, soprano; Katie Coventry, mezzo; Ben Smith, tenor; Yau Cheng, piano; Benedict Lewis-Smith, piano | 25 February 18:00 - 21:00

  • Guest Speaker - Career Talk | Frensham Heights School, Surrey for Years 10 and 11 | 28 February

January 2018

  • Solo Lunchtime Recital | Concordia Foundation with pianist Benedict Lewis-Smith, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital | 4 January

  • Guest Career Mentor | Royal College of Music's Creative Career's Centre | 10 January
  • NEWS | Planet Hugill's 4 Star review for La Bohème - "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."  Read the full review here.

  • Debut/Mark's Club - Caviar, Vodka & Opera Gala | Mark's Club, Mayfair with Joel Williams, tenor & Julien Van Mellaerts, baritone | 18 January

  • NEWS | BBC News - Look East feature on Into Opera's A King's Ransom including soundbites and interviews - watch the full feature here.

  • Debut Treehouse - Classical Concert Series with a Twist | Shoreditch Treehouse  with SongSpiel (James Way, tenor, James Newby, baritone, Felicity Turner, mezzo soprano and Natalie Burch, piano) as well as Eirian Lewis, classical guitar, David Fearn, tenor, Paul McKenzie, piano & Caroline Daggett, mezzo soprano | 28 January

  • NEWS - 'Intimate, alternative, engaging' - Planet Hugill reviews Debut Treehouse Read the full review here.

December 2017

  • Mimi in La Bohème | King's Head Theatre at the Trafalgar Studios, West End | 6 week run
  • Musetta in La Bohème | King's Head Theatre at the Trafalgar Studios, West End | 6 week run

  • The Sunday Express' 4 Star review for La Bohème - "Sensitively portrayed, well-focused" Read the full review here.

  • 15th - Interview & Performance - The Theatre Cafe, West End

  • 20th - Christmas at the Treehouse - Debut 

  • 31st - Radio Interview - BBC Radio London on the Nikki Bedi show about La Boheme, with baritone Thomas Isherwood

November 2017

  • 18th - Lunchtime Concert - Song Haven 
  • 16th - Guest Speaker: The Musician as Entrepreneur - Royal College of Music

  • 15th - Online Q&A for Global Entrepreneurship Week - Royal College of Music

  • 9th - Recording Session at Classic FM - London Funeral Singers

October 2017

  • 19th - Soprano Soloist Opera Gala - The Grange Festival with Tom Primrose, piano & Julien Van Mellaerts, baritone
  • Despina Così fan tutte - Devon Opera

September 2017

  • 7th - Fragrance Launch, House of Fraser - Debut Opera
  • 18th Interview with Frensham Heights School

  • Adina, cover L'elisir d'Amore - Woodhouse Opera

August 2017 

  • 30th - Proms on the Roof - Kensington Roof Gardens Debut Opera in association with Royal College of Music
  • 9th - Proms on the Roof - Kensington Roof Gardens Debut Opera in association with Royal College of Music

July 2017 

  • 15th - Soprano Soloist Vivaldi's Gloria - Stanborough Park Church

June / July 2017

  • Miss Wordsworth, cover Albert Herring - The Grange Festival with John Copley CBE, director & Steuart Bedford OBE, conductor
  • Festival Chorus Carmen - The Grange Festival Annabel Arden, director & Jean-Luc Tingaud, conductor

June 2017 

  • 9th - Festival Chorus Verdi's Requiem - Grange Festival with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

March 2017 

  • 9th - Guest Speaker Careers in the Performing Arts - Frensham Heights School

November 2016

  • 9th - Lunchtime Concert - St James's Church, Piccadilly Debut Opera supported by the Carne Trust

October 2016

  • 10th - Phantom of the Opera's 30 Anniversary Gala - Her Majesty's Theatr

September 2014 - September 2016

  • Madame Giry, 1st cover (over 80 performances) The Phantom of the Opera - Her Majesty's Theatre West End debut

June 2016

  • 18th - West End Live, Trafalgar Square - The Phantom of the Opera

April 2016

  • 22nd - St George's Day Opera Gala - The Brewery with Tim Morgan, baritone
  • Easter Workshops - British Youth Opera with Elaine Kidd and David Gowland