Caroline Taylor, soprano

Caroline Taylor studied with Louise Winter as an Oglesby Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music, generously supported by a Help Musicians UK Maidment Award. She is a British Youth Opera Serena Fenwick Young Artist, a member of the Wigmore Hall French Song Exchange and a 2021 Emerging Artist at Longborough Festival Opera, performing Chocholka and Woodpecker and covering Vixen Sharp-Ears in The Cunning Little Vixen.

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 Vixen Sharp-Ears/The Cunning Little Vixen (Barnes Music Festival), Giannetta and cover Adina/The Elixir of Love (King’s Head Theatre, Opera’r Ddraig), Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi (RNCM Opera), 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 (Psappha, RNCM). Future engagements include Clori in Cavalli’s L’Egisto with Hampstead Garden Opera, Adina with Duchy Opera and Asteria in Handel’s Tamerlano with Cambridge Handel Opera Company.

Concert highlights include Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Northern Ballet Sinfonia 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. In 2022, she performs Fauré’s Requiem with Manchester Camerata and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus.

Caroline 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. She looks forward to performing an evening recital with pianist George Needham at the inaugural Cumbria Opera Festival later this year, featuring the world premiere of Jen Hartley and Kerry Darbishire’s Lakeland Song Cycle.