Caroline Taylor, soprano

Winner of the 2021 Emmy Destinn Young Singers Awards, Caroline Taylor studied as an Oglesby Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music, generously supported by a Help Musicians UK Maidment Award. She is a recent British Youth Opera Serena Fenwick Young Artist, member of the Wigmore Hall French Song Exchange and Emerging Artist at Longborough Festival Opera. She studies with Susan Roberts and Louise Winter.

An RNCM Gold Medal finalist, Caroline won the 2018 Joyce and Michael Kennedy Strauss Award and the 2019 Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition; and received Third Prize at the 2019 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, held at the Wigmore Hall.

Her operatic roles include Chocholka and cover Vixen Sharp-Ears/The Cunning Little Vixen (Longborough Festival Opera), Adina/The Elixir of Love (Duchy Opera), Clori/L’Egisto (Hampstead Garden Opera), Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi (RNCM Opera), Giannetta and cover Adina/The Elixir of Love (King’s Head Theatre, Opera’r Ddraig), Helena/The Enchanted Island (British Youth Opera), She/Cupboard Love, Governess/The Turn of the Screw and Miss Wordsworth/Albert Herring (Byre Opera), Papagena and cover Pamina/The Magic Flute (St Andrews Voices) and Sara in the World Premiere of Ben Kaye and Adam Gorb’s The Path to Heaven (RNCM, Psappha).

Concert highlights include Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the Southbank Sinfonia at St John’s Smith Square and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 at the Bridgewater Hall. Caroline has performed Handel’s Messiah, Saul and Jephtha, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s St John Passion, Brahms’ A German Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Sinfonia Antarctica. She is a former Leeds Lieder Young Artist and Concordia Foundation Artist, with whom she made her solo debuts at St James’s Piccadilly and St Martin in the Fields.

Caroline recently gave the World Premiere of Jen Hartley and Kerry Darbishire’s Lakeland Song Cycle at the inaugural Cumbria Opera Festival. Her engagements this season include Mozart’s Requiem (Tatton Singers), Fauré’s Requiem (Manchester Camerata) and her role debut as Asteria in Handel’s Tamerlano (Cambridge Handel Opera Company).