COVID-19 and the future

Many of you will know by now that the 2020 season at Opera Holland Park and all other summer houses has been postponed until further notice, due to the uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19. More information from James, Mike and Charles can be found via their website .

The most important thing to keep in mind is safety, both our own and everyone around us, and I’m taking social distancing extremely seriously. We can and should all be doing our bit to ensure the virus has nowhere to spread.

In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying going back to my choral roots and making some home recordings, which you can keep up with via my Facebook page Caroline Carragher – Mezzo Soprano.

Look after yourselves and, as beautifully put on the Met Opera chorus feed, let’s try and look after everyone as though they were our family.

Stay safe and well everyone, and we’ll see you on the other side! #StayAtHome

The Merry Widow, Opera Holland Park, July-August 2020

Caroline is thrilled to announce she will perform the role of Olga in Opera Holland Park‘s 2020 production of The Merry Widow.

 

Conducted by John Andrews and directed by Christopher Luscombe, the cast will be as follows:

Julia Sporsén – Hannah Glawari
Alex Otterburn – Count Danilo
Alison Langer – Valencienne
Stephen Aviss – Camille
John Savournin – Baron Zeta
Neal Cooper – St. Brioche
John Lofthouse – Cascada
Nicholas Garrett – Kromow
Caroline Carragher – Olga

18, 22, 24, 28, 30 July, 1 August at 7.30pm

#OHPMerryWidow
New production by Opera Holland Park
Surtitles in English
Music by Franz Lehár
Original book and lyrics by Victor Leon and Leo Stein
Translated and adapted by Kit Hesketh Harvey with Giles Havergal
Performed by arrangement with Glocken Verlag Limited, London
With the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus

Priority booking dates
Founder/ Benefactor Priority Booking – Wednesday 22 January, 10am
Ambassador Priority Booking- Monday 27 January, 10am
Envoy Priority Booking– Monday 3 February, 10am
Silver and Gold Members Priority Booking– Monday 10 February, 10am
Friends Priority Booking– Monday 24 February, 10am
General Booking– Wednesday 26 February, 10am
INSPIRE £20 tickets – Wednesday 11 March, 10am
In person booking at the theatre – Wednesday 6 May, 10am

Vivaldi Gloria, St Giles’ Church Camberwell – Sunday October 6th

This weekend! Caroline will be joining forces once again with some of the Opera Alegria team to perform Vivaldi’s Gloria, and will also sing some operatic fireworks in the first half.

 

Directed by Ashley Valentine and featuring the chorus of St Giles’ Camberwell, Caroline will feature as guest soloist in the Vivaldi, together with Naomi Kilby and Fae Evelyn, sopranos, and Matthew Duncan, baritone.

Desire and Destiny – Opera Gala in aid of the National Brain Appeal, March 22nd 2019

So excited to be joining forces with Louisa, Nigel, Blake and Nell for this!

With all proceeds going to the National Brain Appeal, Desire & Destiny will feature some of opera’s best-loved moments, including excerpts from Carmen, Die Walküre, Tosca and Aida (and just maybe a few other surprise inclusions!).
It’ll be an evening of high drama (and more than a few high notes) in aid of a wonderful cause, and we’d be delighted if you can join us.

Hinde Street Methodist Church
19 Thayer Street
Marylebone
London
W1U 2QJ
England

Friday 22nd March 2019
7:00 PM £20

Tickets and more details are available here

Siegmund and Sieglinde

 

The Prometheus Revolution – Fulham Opera at Grimeborn Festival

Caroline Carragher’s Wona is outstanding

I have to commend the cast, all of whom gave sterling performances. Each singer had their own moment or moments, and there were a lot of notes. Everyone really committed themselves to the performance and to the piece, and their support for new opera is admirable.

Delighted with the press comments coming in about our world premiere – more info here!

The Prometheus Revolution – World Premiere 7 – 10 August 2018

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Thrilled to say I’ll be creating the role of Wona in Keith Burstein’s The Prometheus Revolution with Fulham Opera, which will be performed as part of the Grimeborn Festival in August. Sophie Gilpin directs and Ben Woodward is the M.D.

Star-crossed lovers, rebellion and revolution against the backdrop of a corrupt political class. What would you sacrifice for lasting peace?
Keith Burstein’s new opera is a ravishing vision of our society crossing beyond the threshold of war towards a new age of peace and mutual respect.
The activists within a peace movement find themselves playing out the eternal myth of Prometheus, who took the fire from the Gods to give it to the mortals. But they too may pay a high price for their audacity…
Shot through with pathos and ironic humour, this dark parable is laced with the sounds of vaudeville, Broadway musical and pop ballads.
In the centenary year of the end of World War 1, Fulham Opera present a melodic and intensely lyrical new opera of passion, power and high emotion, presenting a radical and challenging evocation of the moment Humanity takes charge of the world.

Booking opens today! June 22nd – and tickets can be booked via the Arcola Theatre here:

The Art of Change: The Reckoning

The Art Of Change Beyond excited to be part of the team for The Reckoning with The Art Of Change team!

Where:
We are going to be travelling across the country, visiting Liverpool, Manchester, Leicester, Sheffield and London. But before we go on tour we are doing a workshop of the production at the Iris Theatre in Covent Garden on May 4th. This will give us the space to rehearse the production and figure out if anything needs changing. We then hope to be able to reach even more venues once we have some images and photos from the workshop performance.

Your Support:
Your support will ensure that we are able to get the first phase of workshops off the ground. Your donation will help to fund, but not exclusive to: set/props, costume, stage manager, song composition, designer, and rehearsal venue. (Don’t forget the tea & biscuits!)

If you can help support us in this project, we’d be so grateful. We’ve got a fundraising page here – any assistance is hugely appreciated!

The Art of Change, launched in 2017, is a dynamic team of artists and project managers who are committed to bringing life to the often-neglected medium of art song. We use art song to bring a new perspective to current and historical socio-political events.
The Reckoning:
Our new political play THE RECKONING, written by Lila Palmer, combines dialogue with existing art songs, folk songs, and newly written songs, by composers Eve Harrison and Ella Jarman-Pinto. The piece covers three historic eras through the eyes of four women: the leveller Elizabeth Lilburne, the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, and two fictional modern MPs, interweaving their stories to explore how the voices of women have been heard over time. ​

English Song Recital, April 15th 2018, 2:30pm

CotswoldsThrilled to be performing with three wonderful friends, baritone Graham McGregor-Smith, soprano Kirsty Taylor Stokes, and accompanist Jo Shepherd, in an afternoon of English art song in Ascot on April 15th.

Here’s a few more details, beautifully put by Graham!

We’ll be singing works by Britten, Butterworth, Finzi, Ireland, Lehmann, Vaughan Williams & Venables amongst many others, to include settings of works by Auden, Housman, Masefield, Shakespeare and many more. The programme is full of absolutely cracking stuff, which will completely blow you away, whether you’re already deep in the weeds of English Song or haven’t a clue what I’m on about.

Tickets are £10 and places are limited. Simply visit the Facebook event page for details on how to secure your place.

So please check your diaries and do come along for some fabulous English Song in the Spring sunshine on a Sunday afternoon.

There will be suitable refreshments available pre-show, during the interval and post-show too, and if the weather is good, we’ll be outside enjoying the garden.

If you have any questions or would like further details, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

 

An Evening of French and Spanish Art Song – May 5th, 2018 7:30pm

Delighted to be singing again with my fellow mezzo, Daniela Bailey – we last performed together as mother and daughter (Madam Larina and Olga) in Opera at Bearwood’s production of Eugene Onegin in 2011.

We’ll be performing a beautiful and varied programme of Spanish song and mélodie, with Geoff Burford at the piano, and I will be singing some of my absolute favourite Poulenc works.

Tickets are available now from South Hill Park’s box office – all are most welcome!

An Evening of french and Spanish Art Song

Afternoon Tea at Royal Albert Hall

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Caroline is delighted to say she will be stepping in to perform during Afternoon Tea tomorrow in the Royal Albert Hall’s Verdi Room, with Raya Kostova at the piano.

Tickets are available via the link below, and all are most welcome!

All the very best to the lovely Fleur, who is sadly unable to sing tomorrow – lots of WIAV love!

https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2017/afternoon-tea-with-live-opera-fleur-de-bray-2/

Carmen – Ormond Opera

Not long to go before opening night – loving working on this show!

Directed by Mark Burns, conducted by Michael Thrift and with a cast including Roberto Abate, Samuel Pantcheff, Sofia Troncoso, Ailsa Mainwaring, Tony Baker, Stuart McDermott, Ian Massa-Harris and Rosalind O’Dowd, it’s shaping up to be a very exciting production indeed.

Show dates are:

December 2nd 7:30pm
December 3rd (matinee) 2:30pm

Tickets are on sale now, and are available here

Voices In London Festival 2017: July 1st 7:30pm

Voices In London Festival 2017Caroline is thrilled to be performing the mezzo solos for the Voices In London Festival Chorus in Rutter’s Feel The Spirit, conducted by Richard Harker.

Voices of London presents an evening of sumptuous English choral music, sung by the Festival’s very own massed choir. Featuring over 200 voices in the Musicians’ Church, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, this is an event not to be missed.

Jonathan Dove The Passing of the Year

George Shearing Songs and Sonnets

John Rutter Feel the Spirit

Voices of London Festival Chorus | Richard Harker & Helen Smee conductors

Also featuring:

Music Makers of London | Hilary Campbell conductor

Tickets are available here – all are most welcome!

Carmen – Ormond Opera, November 2017

Caroline is very excited to announce that she will be returning to Ormond Opera in November to sing the title role in Bizet’s Carmen.

Director: Mark Burns
Musical Director: Michael Thrift

Performances will be:

Saturday 25th November, 7:30pm
Saturday 2nd December 7:30pm
Sunday 3rd December (matinee) 2:30pm

Further information and tickets will be available from https://ormondopera.co.uk/ in due course.

Opera Holland Park, 2017 season

Caroline is thrilled to confirm she will be returning to Opera Holland Park this summer to perform in the ensemble for La Rondine and Don Giovanni.

General booking for tickets opens on January 30th 2017, with Inspire tickets available from April 10th 2017. Please follow the link below for further information.

http://www.operahollandpark.com/2017-season/

Opera At The Farm – Burns Night, January 25th 2017

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Regrettably, this event has been postponed by the organisers due to the local pub also holding a similar event on the same evening. New date to follow!

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Caroline is delighted to be presenting a concert of favourites from the world of opera with Andy Smith at the piano.

Doors open at 7:30, music at 8pm. Tickets are available from Sash via sash@moreofthegoodstuff.co.uk or by calling 07958 634585.

For more information and a map/details about how to get there, please follow this link:

Dummer Down Farm
Dummer
Basingstoke, Berkshire
RG25 2AR

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Forbear! Theatre – Iolanthe December 2016

Caroline is thrilled to announce she will be performing the role of the Fairy Queen in Forbear! Theatre’s forthcoming production of Iolanthe.

Performances run from December 5th to 18th (except for 12th & 17th) at the Barons Court Theatre, and tickets are currently on sale.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, please follow the link below.

http://www.forbeartheatre.com/shows/iolanthe/

Lift Up Your Voice: A Festive Recital

Caroline is thrilled to be returning to St John’s Church, North Gate, Gloucester to present the second of her afternoon recitals there. She will be accompanied by Susan Honeywill, and the programme will feature well loved festive numbers from the 16th century to present day.

Monday December 19th, 12:30pm

St John’s Church
St John’s Lane
Northgate Street
Gloucester
GL1 2AN

Admission is free, with a retiring collection. All are most welcome!

Opera Gala with Ormond Opera – June 11th 2016, 7:30pm

Caroline is thrilled to be joining forces with Ormond Opera again after appearing in their production of The Pirates of Penzance in March.

Caroline, alongside soprano Rosalind O’Dowd, tenor David George Menezes, baritone Samuel Pantcheff and accompanist Jakob Rothoff, will perform well-loved favourites from the operatic repertoire, with some gems from the realm of G&S thrown in for good measure.

More information about tickets available soon.

St James’ Church
St. James’ Road,
Hampton Hill
Middlesex
TW12 1DQ

http://www.stjames-hamptonhill.org.uk/

Mezzo soloist with Charlton Kings Choral Society – May 21st 2016

Durufle and Praise flyer

Caroline is delighted to be returning to Charlton Kings Choral Society this weekend to perform the mezzo solos in Duruflé’s Requiem and a new choral work, In Praise Of Earth’s Beauty, written by the conductor, John Wright. She will be performing alongside baritone Tom Hunt, organist Fiona Brown and the Regency Sinfonia.

Tickets are available either from the CKCS Box Office Administrator at: boxoffice@ckcsonline.org.uk or at the door on the night.

Tickets cost         £15
Concessions       £10   (Children and full time students under 25 years of age.)

The Pirates of Penzance – Ormond Opera

The Pirates of Penzance - Ormond Opera

Caroline is thrilled to say that she will be singing the role of Kate and covering the role of Ruth for Ormond Opera’s production of The Pirates of Penzance in March.

Performances will be 5th & 6th of March 2016, 7:30pm and 2:30 pm respectively.

All Hallows Church
Twickenham
TW1 1EW

Tickets are £20, £15 concessions and under 5s go free. More information is available here.

All are most welcome!

May 21st 2016 – Duruflé Requiem

Caroline is delighted to announce that following a successful debut with Charlton Kings Choral Society in November’s concert, she has been invited back to perform the mezzo solo in Duruflé’s beautiful Requiem in May 2016. 

More information to follow nearer the time, but a nice early heads up for the diary!

Charlton Kings Choral Society – Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël & Charpentier Messe de Minuit November 28th 2015

Charlton Kings Choral Society

Caroline is thrilled to be joining the Charlton Kings Choral Society to sing mezzo solos alongside fellow soloists Vicki Hunt (soprano), Sebastian Field (counter tenor), Deryck Webb (tenor) and Tom Hunt (bass). The performance will be accompanied by the Regency Sinfonia & conducted by John Wright.

November 28th, 7:30pm
Pitville Pump Room
East Approach Drive
Cheltenham
GL52 3JE

Tickets and further information are available here

Alto soloist, Charpentier Messe de Minuit & Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël November 28th 2015 7:30pm

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Caroline is delighted to be performing with the Charlton Kings Choral Society in their November concert. She will provide alto solos for Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit and Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël alongside counter tenor Sebastian Field, soprano Vicky Field and bass Tom Hunt.

Tickets are £15, £10 concessions (children and full time students under the age of 25) and are available via boxoffice@ckcsonline.org.uk, or they may be purchased at the door on the night.

The Pitville Pump Room
East Approach Drive
Cheltenham
GL52 3JE

A little look back at the Serendipity/Only Men Aloud! days…

Caroline was a long-term member of Tim Rhys Evans’s mixed choir, Serendipity (of which the male half is better known these days as Only Men Aloud!)

Here’s footage from our ‘Weekend With The Stars’, singing for one night only with Only Men Aloud! in Wales Millennium Centre a few years back, alongside a very special guest….

http://www.s4c.cymru/clic/e_level2.shtml?programme_id=403347688

Vivaldi Gloria – St Michael and All Angels March 14th 7:30pm

Vivaldi Gloria St MichaelsCaroline is delighted to have been invited to sing the alto solos for St Michael’s and All Angels in their Spring performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria.

St Michael’s Church
Lower Church Road
Sandhurst
Berkshire
GU47 8HN

Tickets are £7.50 (adult), £3 (child) £20 (family) and are available by telephoning 01252 873 030.

Swansea City Opera – Faust, UK Tour

Faust

Caroline is delighted to be singing with Swansea City Opera this year as Marthe Schwerlein in their UK tour of Gounod’s Faust.

Full tour dates and details of tickets are available via the company here.

Nabucco – Kennet Opera 13-15 November 2014

Caroline is thrilled to confirm she will be performing the role of Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco later this year.

Directed by Ruth Mariner with Ben Hamilton as musical director, this production of Nabucco will be a first for Kennet Opera, and Caroline is very much looking forward to being part of its debut.

For details including how to book tickets, please visit Kennet Opera’s website here.

WIAV 2013 – 2014 London Showcase 18 June 2014 7pm

Caroline and her colleagues from this year’s intake of singers will perform in their final concert together in a showcase in London.

Jewin Welsh Presbyterian Church
70 Fann Street
London
EC1Y 0SA

The concert is of course open to the public, and we would love your support if you’re in the area! Tickets cost £5 and are available from the WIAV office by contacting them on +44 (0) 2920 493139, or via email; wiav@tsd.ac.uk.

DT100 – Centenary Celebration of the life of Dylan Thomas June 7th 2014

Caroline is delighted to be joining Pontarddulais Male Voice Choir with guests Dennis O’Neill and Sian Phillips in a concert of music and poetry celebrating the work of Dylan Thomas and his time spent in Swansea.

Accompanied by Jane Samuel, Caroline will perform alongside fellow WIAV students, tenors Alex Wilson and Wyn Davies, and soprano Isabella Moore.

Dydd Sadwrn/Saturday Mehefin/June 7th 2014 7:30PM

St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Square, Swansea SA1 3LP

Tickets: £20, £16 ( conc.)

Aisle seat: £15, £12 ( conc.)

Box Office: 0300 323 0015 9am -5pm Monday – Friday Or Choir Secretary 01792 884279

online: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/tsd

WIAV presents a Gala Concert featuring Dennis O’Neill and Nuccia Focile May 23rd 2014 7:30pm

WIAV GalaWales International Academy of Voice returns to Wales Millennium Centre for a special fundraising Gala Concert in the BBC Hoddinott Hall.
Joining Academy students and Dennis O’Neill on stage this year will be the Italian soprano Nuccia Focile, and together they will perform popular duets and ensembles from a range of your favourite operas, accompanied by pianist Jane Samuel.

Tickets are available from the Wales Millennium Centre website. Click here for more information.

Guest artist of Vice Chancellor of University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Graduation Dinner May 1st 2014

Caroline and her WIAV colleague, soprano Stephanie Edwards were delighted to join the graduation celebrations at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff this week. They performed a short recital with Catherine Roe-Williams at the piano for the benefit of the dignitaries once the ceremonies were complete.

It was a wonderful evening and we received some lovely feedback, with the president of the Students’ Union tweeting “Mind blowing rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone by @UWTSD WIAV students! #realtears #realtalent” – this was our final item of the evening, and we were thrilled to receive a standing ovation. Congratulations to all the graduates – it’ll be our turn soon!

WIAV presents a Summer Gala Concert June 4th 7:30pm

Caroline and her fellow WIAV students are delighted to be returning to Tredegarville Baptist Church for an evening of operatic favourites, accompanied by Jane Samuel.

Tredegarville Baptist Church (right next door to the Academy)
The Parade
Roath
Cardiff
CF24 3AD

Tickets are available from WIAV box office by calling 02920 493139, and we would really appreciate anyone taking the time to come and hear us!

Bach Mass in G Minor and Vivaldi Magnificat with John S. Davies Singers May 28th 2014

Caroline is delighted to be joining the John S. Davies Singers for the first time to sing the alto solos in Bach’s Mass in G Minor and Vivaldi’s Magnificat.

The concert will take place in the beautiful cathedral of St David in Pembrokeshire, a place which holds lovely memories for Caroline – it was here that she recorded with Serendipity and Vivace Singers for the St David’s Day edition of BBC’s Songs of Praise in 2001.

Tickets are available by contacting
St Davids Bookshop, The Pebbles, St Davids, Pembrokeshire SA62 6RD
Tel: 01437 720480
Email: stdavidsbookshop@btconnect.com

Masterclass with Della Jones 24 – 25/03/2014

Caroline and her colleagues at WIAV have had the great privilege of working with the wonderful Della Jones this week. Caroline sang ‘Eboli’s final aria from Don Carlo, ‘O don fatale’, and thoroughly enjoyed both her session and listening to her colleagues work. Della’s expertise and guidance has been absolutely inspirational, and we are all hugely grateful to Dennis, Nuccia, Jane, Euros and WIAV for the opportunity. We hope she’ll be back soon!

 

The week continues with a gala concert (Wednesday March 26th 7:30) at the University Chapel at Trinity Saint David’s Carmarthen campus. Tickets cost £8 for full paying adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for children under 16. They are available by calling 01267 676806 (9.30am-12.30pm Mon-Fri) or by visiting www.ticketsource.co.uk/tsd. The programme includes Don Carlo, Manon, Don Giovanni and Les Contes d’Hoffmann amongst others, and should you feel like joining us, we promise to entertain you!

Our week, and indeed our term concludes with two days of masterclasses (27-28/03/2014) with Marie McLoughlin, and we look forward to welcoming her to WIAV and working on some more diverse repertoire.

 

Haydn ‘Nelson’ Mass with Côr Caerdydd April 6th 2014 7:30pm

Nelson massCaroline is delighted to make her solo debut with Côr Caerdydd as alto soloist in Haydn’s ‘Nelson’ Mass alongside fellow WIAV colleague, soprano Llio Evans.

St German’s Church
Corner of Star Street and Metal Street
Roath
Cardiff
CF24

For more information, please visit Côr Caerdydd’s website or follow them on Twitter – @corcaerdydd

Mozart Requiem: April 5th 2014

Caroline is delighted to be joining Côr Penclawdd for the first time as their Alto soloist in their forthcoming concert featuring Mozart’s Requiem, Parry’s I Was Glad and solo items from Caroline and her WIAV colleague, tenor Wyn Davies.

The concert will be held at 7:30pm at

Y Tabernacle
West End
Penclawdd
Swansea
SA4 3YX

Art Song Recital – Thursday February 6th 7:30pm

Students of WIAV will be giving their adjudicated Art Song recitals next week, Monday to Thursday at 7:30pm 

Tredegarville Baptist Church

The Parade, Cardiff

CF24 3ad

Caroline will be performing on Thursday February 6th, along with baritone Kawiti Waetford and tenor Alexander Wilson. Caroline’s programme will include Fauré, Mahler and Elgar.

All performances are open to the public, with tickets being available from WIAV by calling 02920 493 139, or on the door on the night.

We’d very much appreciate the support if you’d like to come and share an evening of art song with us!

Wales International Academy of Voice Gala Concert January 29th 2014

We will be joining forces to present a gala concert in the New Year at:

Tredegarville Baptist Church
The Parade
East Grove
Cardiff
CF24 3AD

Those of you who may have visited WIAV already will find it easy to reach, as it’s right next door!  Tickets are £10 or £6 for students and/or Friends of WIAV, and are available on the evening.

The programme for the evening will include excerpts from Rigoletto, I Puritani, Don Carlo and Le Nozze di Figaro.  Caroline will be performing an aria from The Maid of Orleans, Tchaikovsky’s opera based on the life of Joan of Arc.

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Queen of Spades’ February 26th – March 1st 2014

Caroline is delighted to be singing the role of ‘Polina’ for Park Opera’s 2014 production of Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades.

Performances will take place from 26/02/2014 – 01/03/2014 at 7:30 pm at:

Wilde Theatre
South Hill Park Arts Centre
Ringmead
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 7PA

Musical Director: Francis Griffin
Producer: Stephen Oliver

The production will be sung in English, with full orchestra.

For more information about tickets and how to get to the venue, please visit Park Opera’s website.