BRITISH SOPRANO & FOUNDER
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 Doctor 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. 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.
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.
a season of debuts
2019 sees Lizzie make three solo company debuts with Grange Park Opera as Dew Fairy in Hansel & Gretel; Longborough Festival Opera as Destino in Cavailli’s La Calisto and with Wexford Festival Opera as Laurette in Bizet’s Doctor Miracle.
royal opera house - live at lunch
First joined by tenor Ben Smith, baritone Kieran Rayner and pianist Somi Kim and then by saxophonist Manu Brazo, clarinettist Patrick Davies and pianist Chris Hotson it’s been a real treat performing as part of the Royal Opera House’s Live at Lunch Series.
debut at the old operating theatre
It was our first time at this incredible venue. Check out the photos from our DEBUT at the Old Operating Theatre concert (including some behind the scenes snaps!) and a video of Danny Boy recorded live on the night.
interview with dorset living
Lizzie returned to Dorset to chat to Dorset Living about her career to date including her time in The Phantom of the Opera, how she discovered opera and about DEBUT’s intimate classical concert series at the Shoreditch Treehouse.
“Meet Lizzie Holmes the singer on a mission to take opera to new audiences.
Lizzie Holmes was just ten years old the first time she sang in public, performing 'Walking in the Air' at her local church in Poole. Little did she know at the time, that it was the catalyst for a glittering opera and West End career.
She became the youngest person in the world to play Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera aged 25, and recently starred in a modern adaptation of La Bohème at the Trafalgar Studios.
Now Lizzie, who grew up in Branksome and returns to visit family whenever she has the chance, has set up her own company to introduce opera to a new audience.”