Asteria at the Grange Festival

Caroline was honoured to jump in for Sophie Bevan as Asteria in Handel’s Tamerlano at the Grange Festival at last week’s performance. You can read the full reviews from Klassik Begeistert and Curtis Rogers by clicking here.

…while an actress silently mimed Asteria on stage, Caroline Taylor sang her role at the edge of the stage in her evening dress, and she, who had rehearsed the role in English, sang the Italian text line for line of sheet. Not only did she save this evening – a cancellation of the performance would have been inevitable: she was simply fantastic. Her crystal-clear, highly melodic soprano filled the shabby chic auditorium…the starting signal for one brilliant career as a singer […] The great Caroline Taylor was of a different caliber: during the final applause, she unmistakably earned the strongest cheers.”

KLASSIK BEGEISTERT, Dr Charles E Ritterband
Asteria, Tamerlano | The Grange Festival (2022)

Caroline now looks forward to opening shows as Kate in The Yeomen of the Guard!

Reviews: Tamerlano

Cambridge Handel Opera Company’s production of Tamerlano has been met with excellent reviews, including 4.5 stars from Robert Hugill at Planet Hugill:

As Asteria, Caroline Taylor began demure and butter-wouldn’t-melt, helped by her stylish yet very conventional frock. But Taylor also found another vein; this Asteria had spitfire moments and was clearly her father’s daughter. Taylor brought highly expressive facial expressions and body language to the Throne Room Scene, making Asteria a very active participant even when saying little, and at the end of the scene Taylor was profoundly moving when Asteria addresses Bajazet, Andronico and Irene in turn, then ends the act with her powerful aria.

You can view further reviews by clicking here and photos of the dress rehearsal here.

Oxford Lieder Young Artist Programme 2022/2023

Following their audition recital last month, Caroline and her duo partner George Ireland are delighted to have been made Young Artists with Oxford Lieder for the 2022/2023 season.

Their programme, travelling through the good, the bad and the ugly of love, featured songs by Quilter, Debussy, Wolf, Dvořák, Muriel Herbert, Bridge, Strauss and Grieg.

You can read Oxford Lieder’s official press release here; further photos and footage will be released shortly on social media channels.

George and Caroline look forward to their upcoming performances at Oxford Lieder!

Interview with Duchy Opera

Caroline was delighted to feature in Duchy Opera’s most recent online newsletter.

When Giannetta met Adina…

We are thrilled to announce the role of Adina in our upcoming production of the Elixir of Love will be performed by Caroline Taylor.

One of our local soloists, Jessica Chantler, will be performing the role of Giannetta and caught up with Caroline to find out more…

We had to postpone our production of the Elixir of Love to September but are thrilled you will still be joining us as our Adina. Tell us a little bit about you.

I completed my vocal training at the RNCM in Manchester, after an undergraduate degree in French, Italian and Spanish at St Andrews. I loved singing and performing from a young age, but it wasn’t really until my twenties that I became involved in classical singing and opera. I’m a huge fan of romantic and twentieth-century composers, especially Debussy, Richard Strauss, Janáček and Britten, but I also love bel canto and above all Donizetti! Outside the musical world, I’m an avid reader, especially of Russian literature in translation, and I love gardening and the outdoors. And cooking!

How has the pandemic effected 2020 and 2021 for you?

As with many others, the pandemic turned my working life upside down – so I suddenly had a lot of free time and not much to do. This did give me the opportunity to enjoy hobbies and also spend more time in contact with family, which was wonderful, but I desperately missed performing! In 2020, I spent the summer at home in Hampshire, then in the autumn and winter I started devoting a lot of time to singing practise, which really kept me going into 2021. The pandemic made me appreciate how lucky I am to be able to make music in my job – and how important it is to keep in touch with friends and family. Overall, I’m feeling positive for the future and for the power of music! 

What are you most looking forward to with this production?

EVERYTHING! But if I had to pick certain things…just the experience of being in a room, working with other people, live, on gorgeous music and theatre. I’m also very excited to see more of Cornwall; I had a couple of lovely long weekends in St Ives as a child, but never spent an extended period of time there. Finally, I’m really looking forward to working with Duchy Opera and the production team and cast; your previous shows looked fantastic and I just know this is going to be a very special Elixir. 

Adina is a great fun and popular role. How would you best summarise her character?

To me, Adina is strong, intelligent and spirited, but she also has a vulnerable side; she doesn’t always listen to the voice in her heart and sometimes that causes problems for her. I also think many of us can relate to her character; she’s very human and makes the same mistakes we do – and has the same happy moments when things work out. But I won’t say any more to avoid spoilers…you’ll just have to come and see!