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
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
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
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.
Six weeks til show time! Having a blast with the Guildford Opera team – tickets are on sale now, see details in flyer above!
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
Friday 22nd March 2019
7:00 PM £20
Tickets and more details are available here
A role and company debut for 2019, I’m thrilled to be performing Anne Boleyn in Guildford Opera‘s forthcoming production of Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII in May.
Conducted by Lewis Gaston and directed by Peter Melville, the production will be sung in English and with full orchestra.
More information to follow closer to the time!
Hugely looking forward to working with the wonderful Richard Harker again, this time at Hampton Choral Society where I’ll be alto soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Saturday 11th May 2019 – St Mary’s University Chapel, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham.
Further information, including where to purchase tickets, to follow in due course.
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!
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:
Beyond excited to be part of the team for The Reckoning with The Art Of Change team!
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 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.
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.
Thrilled 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.
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!
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!
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
Caroline 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
Music Makers of London | Hilary Campbell conductor
Tickets are available here – all are most welcome!
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.
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.
*********************** UPDATE ***********************
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!
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 email@example.com or by calling 07958 634585.
For more information and a map/details about how to get there, please follow this link:
Dummer Down Farm
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.
Caroline is thrilled to be returning to the role of Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, this time with Ormond Opera. Tickets are currently on sale for £20, or on the door for £25.
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
Admission is free, with a retiring collection. All are most welcome!
Caroline is delighted to announce that she will be competing in the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award on June 18th in Carmarthen.
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,
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or at the door on the night.
Tickets cost £15
Concessions £10 (Children and full time students under 25 years of age.)
This week S4C broadcast a concert featuring Jose Carreras, orchestra of WNO, Los Calchakis and Serendipity Singers, the latter of which Caroline was a proud member until it disbanded in 2008.
You can watch the concert on demand by following the link below!
Caroline is delighted to announce she will be joining the ensemble of Opera Holland Park this season to perform in their productions of La Cenerentola and Die Fledermaus. Full details of performances are available in the Schedule page.
Up next – Caroline will be singing with Ormond Opera in an evening of comedy and music in aid of St Anne’s Church in Soho on February 19th, 7:30pm.
Including not just opera and G&S but jazz, blues and comedy, it should be a cracking little soiree! Tickets and more informations available here: http://stannes-soho.org.uk/coming-up/
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
Tickets are £20, £15 concessions and under 5s go free. More information is available here.
All are most welcome!
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!
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
Tickets and further information are available here
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 email@example.com, or they may be purchased at the door on the night.
The Pitville Pump Room
East Approach Drive
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….
Caroline is delighted to be joining forces with Opera Cantaremo alongside tenor Stephen Anthony Brown, soprano Eleanor Ross and John Cuthbert at the piano, performing for the passengers of the Minerva on Swan Hellenic’s Islands and Highlands cruise this summer.
More information about the cruise and its itinerary can be found here:
Caroline 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
Tickets are £7.50 (adult), £3 (child) £20 (family) and are available by telephoning 01252 873 030.
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.
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.
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
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Wales 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.
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!
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)
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!
Caroline is thrilled to have been invited to perform at this year’s Radyr Festival, in which she, baritone Matthew Durkan and pianist Jane Samuel will present an hour-long recital.
More details to follow in due course!
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
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.
Caroline 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
For more information, please visit Côr Caerdydd’s website or follow them on Twitter –
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
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
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!
We will be joining forces to present a gala concert in the New Year at:
Tredegarville Baptist Church
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.
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:
South Hill Park Arts Centre
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.