Caroline Taylor is a postgraduate soprano studying at the Royal Northern College of Music under Louise Winter. Prior to this, she read for an MA (Hons) in French, Italian and Spanish at the University of St Andrews, where she graduated as the recipient of the Cedric Thorpe Davie Memorial Prize. She is generously supported by the Richard Newitt Fund, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, the Lynn Foundation and Help Musicians UK, with whom she holds a Maidment Award. Her previous teachers include Anthony Roden and Jonathan May.
At the RNCM, Caroline won the 2018 Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for Singing of Strauss and the 2017 Brodsky Cross-School Prize with her chamber ensemble, the Lucrezia Trio; and she was a finalist in the 2018 Concerto Competition. She also represented the RNCM in the 2018 Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize with Musica Britannica, winning first prize.
Concert performances include soprano soloist in Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 (Phoenix Singers), Handel Messiah (Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir), Vivaldi Gloria (Anstruther Philharmonic Society), Bach Mass in B Minor (Kellie Consort) and St John Passion (RNCM), Handel Jephtha (St Andrews Chorus), Vaughan Williams Sinfonia Antarctica (Dundee Symphony Orchestra), Britten Les Illuminations and the chamber arrangement of Mahler Symphony No. 4 (Helix Ensemble). Opera credits include the title role in Massenet Cendrillon (RNCM Opera), Governess/The Turn of the Screw, Miss Wordsworth/Albert Herring and Coridon/Acis and Galatea (Byre Opera), Yum-Yum/The Mikado (Southampton Operatic Society), Papagena/The Magic Flute (St Andrews Voices) and scenes as Tina/Flight, Suzel/L’amico Fritz and Blanche de la Force/Dialogues des Carmélites (RNCM) and Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier (Edinburgh Festival Fringe).
Caroline is an RNCM Songster and a Leeds Lieder Young Artist with her duo partner, Anna Chiu; recent recitals include St Ann’s Church, Manchester and Uppermill Festival Coffee Concert Series. She has a keen interest in 20th and 21st century song and has performed Messiaen Chants de Terre et de Ciel and Paul Patterson The Sorriest Cow of Capricorn in concert. In 2016, she won second prize in the AESS Courtney Kenny Award for English Song and Poetry.
In June 2018, Caroline will create the role of Sara in Ben Kaye and Adam Gorb’s The Path to Heaven. She also looks forward to joining British Youth Opera as Helena in The Enchanted Island and returning to RNCM Opera as Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
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