British soprano Lizzie Holmes is gaining a reputation as a versatile and dynamic singing actor and keen spokesperson for classical music. Recent highlights include her Royal Opera House Crush Room recital debut, Despina Così fan tutte (Longborough Festival Opera), Queen of the Night The Magic Flute (Oxford Playhouse), Laurette in Bizet’s Doctor Miracle (Wexford Festival Opera), Dew Fairy and cover Gretel Hänsel und Gretel (Grange Park Opera).
Other highlights include Cunegonde Candide (Minack Theatre), Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice and Silvia in Mascagni’s Zanetto with Barefoot Opera (nominated for ‘Best Opera Performance -Ensemble’ at the Off West End Theatre Awards), title role L’incoronazione di Poppea (Ryedale Festival) and Musetta La Bohème with King’s Head at Trafalgar Studios (Olivier Nominated ‘Best New Opera’). During the pandemic Lizzie sang the title roles in Sāvitri (Hampstead Garden Opera) and Suor Angelica (Opera in Lockdown) and was supported by the Arts Council, Carne Trust and Help Musicians UK.
Lizzie has performed across the UK’s top concert halls as headline soloist with Raymond Gubbay’s Johann Strauss Gala, including Royal Festival Hall, St David’s Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Barbican Hall’s New Year’s Eve Gala. She has given recitals at the Royal Albert Hall, St James’ Piccadilly and St Martin-in-the-Fields and joined the Bands of the Household Division as soprano soloist at Cadogan Hall.
Lizzie is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and Warwick University, where she read English Literature as an undergraduate. She was awarded ‘Best Supporting Actor’ at the National Student Drama Festival, made her West End debut in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre) and has worked professionally in devised theatre. Recently Lizzie has recorded for Military Wives (Lionsgate) and Mike Ladouceur’s debut album Between Worlds and has filmed for The Great (Channel 4) and The Crown (Netflix). Lizzie founded DEBUT in 2015 and returns to the RCM as Guest Lecturer on Creative Enterprise, she has subsequently been interviewed by Classical Music Magazine, BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Opera Now.