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, she made her West End debut in musical theatre at 25 and is now building an opera career as a highly versatile singing actress with a love of collaboration and detailed storytelling.
Lizzie’s 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); the premier of Patrick Hawes' A King's Ransom (Into Opera with the Britten Sinfonia); Despina in Così fan tutte (Devon Opera); Amore/Orpheus & Eurydice (Opera in the City) and solo recital debuts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Albert Hall, and Cadogan Hall with the Bands of the Household Division.
Lizzie is a Concordia Foundation Artist, British Youth Opera alumni and Carne Trust scholar. She gradated with Distinction from Royal College of Music in 2014 and prior to this read English Literature as an undergraduate at Warwick University.
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.
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.”