Carolyn Holt

Award: Sybil Tutton Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Voice

Location: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


Carolyn Holt recently graduated with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, where she was a Kohn Foundation Bach scholar and was awarded a DipRAM for outstanding performance, the Cork Scholarship and Isabel May Walton Scholarship. She is continuing her studies as a member of The Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Carolyn has performed internationally as a recitalist and soloist with various choral societies. Highlights include recitals at the Royal Overseas League with Irish Heritage and the The Rudolph Kempe Society, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle (Choeur de Lux Aeterna, Normandy), Mozart’s Requiem, Elijah (Penzance Choral Society), Messiah (Edward Higginbottom), soloist in Royal Academy and Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, Chausson's Poeme de l'amour, Rutter’s Feel the Spirit (Chichester Cathedral) and Dvořák's Mass in D major (Wexford Festival Singers). Other recent performances include the NI Opera Festival of Voice's Gala Final, Sea Pictures with Lambeth Orchestra and Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Esker Festival Orchestra. She is a regular winner in competitions both at home and abroad, including the inaugural Irish Heritage Bursary, The Trench Award and a number of prizes at the ESB Feis Ceoil.

Carolyn has performed with Irish National Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Wide Open Opera, Drogheda International Concert Series, Birr Arts Festival and The Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, and was a finalist and winner of the Audience Prize at NI Opera’s Festival of Voice 2017. Roles performed all or in part include Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Mrs Jones Street Scene, Donna Elvira, Jocasta Oedipus Rex, Sesto Giulio Cesare, Minskwoman Flight, La Zia Principessa Suor Angelica, Mamma Rosa L'Arlesiana , Bridesmaid Der Freischütz (Sir Mark Elder, Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment), and Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte. Carolyn also recently performed in the chorus of Don Giovanni (OTC), May Night Rimsy-Korsakov, Carmen (OTC), Nixon in China (WOO), The Second Violinist Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh (WOO). 

Carolyn will make her debut with Irish National Opera in 2018 as The Voice (Mother) in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman.

Carolyn is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Sybil Tutton Award.