Biography

 
 

Canadian soprano Caroline Holden holds degrees from both McGill University (B.Mus) where she worked with Jan Simons and Michael McMahon, and Manhattan School of Music (M.Mus) studying with Beverley Johnson, Ellen Repp and Stephen Wadsworth. She twice received scholarships to attend the prestigious Aspen Music Festival to work with Paul Sperry, and spent a summer coaching with Maestro Ubaldo Fabbri in Urbania, Italy. While still a student she appeared at the Aberdeen Music Festival where she sang the demanding part of the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, and a leading role in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Charles Dutoit soon followed. She went on to sing numerous roles including, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, La Maitresse de la Maison in the Canadian premiere of Jean Francaix’s Paris à Nous Deux, and the wood nymph in Rusalka as well as perform at the famous Bernhard Theater in Switzerland. She also collaborated with the Gisela Rocha dance company in the world premiere of “Itself” as part of the Zurich Festspiele. Ms. Holden has been a featured soloist with the Swiss Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mobile, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Les Jeunes Virtuoses, and Musica Camerata, and has recorded Purcell songs for the Montagsverlag label in Switzerland. A passionate recitalist, Ms. Holden is a founding member of the chamber group, Camerata Ouest and the trio Serendipita. In 2013,  she starred in Poulenc’s one woman opera “La Voix Humaine” at Montreal’s Infinitheatre. With a desire to help singers recover from vocal strain or misuse, she became a Canstat certified teacher of the Alexander Technique in 2009, and recently completed levels 1 and 2 of the Estill Voice Technique with Kimberley Steinhauer. As a dedicated teacher Ms. Holden strives to bring a balanced and holistic mind-body approach to singing, using hands-on work at every voice lesson. She teaches privately and conducts Alexander Technique and voice masterclasses.