Singer (mezzo soprano)

Caroline Carragher

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A versatile, warm and dedicated performer, Caroline is a lyric mezzo soprano and studies with with Dennis O’Neill CBE and Nuccia Focile.
Singer (mezzo soprano)
Wokingham
Public liability insurance of £10 million

Caroline is currently studying with Dennis O’Neill CBE and Nuccia Focile, having received her MA Advanced Vocal Studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice with distinction in 2014. Caroline completed her M(Mus) at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Janet Price and Suzanne Murphy. She has participated in masterclasses with Kathryn Harries, Mark Shanahan, Philip Langridge, Jeremy Huw Williams, Gail Pearson, Donald Maxwell, Roger Nicholls, Ryland Davies, Sally Burgess, Della Jones, Marie McLaughlin, Susan Bullock and Dame Kiri te Kanawa. She has also received coaching from Richard Bonynge CBE whilst studying at WIAV. Recent events include two UK premieres, Keith Burstein’s The Prometheus Revolution for Fulham Opera (Grimeborn Festival 2018) in which she played the role of Wona, and Keith Beal’s Merlin with Ensemble OrQuesta in autumn 2018, in which she played the role of Morgan le Faye. Caroline also returned to the ensemble at Opera Holland Park for 2018’s Cosi fan tutte, La Traviata and Isabeau, and was one of four inaugural Young Artists for Opera In The City. Full roles include Carmen Carmen for Ormond Opera, Suzuki Madama Butterfly Ormond Opera, Park Opera, The Fairy Queen Iolanthe Forbear! Theatre, The Sorceress Dido and Aeneas Surrey Opera, Kate and cover Ruth for Ormond Opera’s The Pirates of Penzance, Fenena Nabucco Kennet Opera, Flora Bervoix (cover) La Traviata Opera South, Carmen Carmen Opera at Bearwood, Olga Eugene Onegin OAB, Polina The Queen of Spades Park Opera, and Marthe Schwerlein in Swansea City Opera’s UK tour of Faust. Future engagements include the role of Anne Boleyn in Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII for Guildford Opera, conducted by Lewis Gaston. She will also feature as alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem for Bridgend Tabernacl Choir conducted by Matthew Nash, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah for Hampton Choral Society, conducted by Richard Harker. An experienced choral singer, Caroline is currently a member of Cantorion John S Davies Singers and the Delphian Singers, and is proud to have recently featured on the inaugural recording of Purcell anthems for the Dauphin Consort. She currently also deps on an ad-hoc professional basis for Waltham St Lawrence Church, Reading Minster, the churches of the parish of Staines and St Columba’s, Knightsbridge. She is also a member of the London Funeral Singers. Caroline was awarded a choral scholarship to the BBC National Chorus of Wales as a student, and has taken part in several recordings for Chandos, Sain, EMI Classics and Priory Records as ensemble, semi-chorus and solo performer. She has also appeared in numerous BBC & S4C radio & television broadcasts under the batons of Sir Richard Hickox, Tadaaki Otaka and Tim Rhys-Evans MBE amongst others. She featured as mezzo soloist in the world premiere of John Hardy’s Spaces – Beyond the End of The World, and has appeared on Songs of Praise and Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol with Vivace Singers and Serendipity respectively. Caroline appeared as alto soloist in Mega Messiah, a massed choir event at Wales Millennium Centre conducted by David Lawrence, and also provided alto solos for Côr Penclawdd’s Mozart Requiem, Côr Caerdydd’s ‘Nelson’ Mass and the John S. Davies Singers in Bach’s Mass in G Minor and Vivaldi Magnificat in the beautiful cathedral of Saint David, Pembrokeshire. Caroline also presented the opening recital of 2014’s Radyr Festival alongside New Zealand tenor Alexander Wilson, accompanied by Jane Samuel. She is a founder member of the critically acclaimed Welsh choir Serendipity, and with them has had the good fortune to perform as supporting chorus for Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Dennis O’Neill and Jose Carreras in venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall and the O2 arena to the pitch at the Millennium Stadium. Caroline’s sacred and art song repertoire includes Dvorak Mass in D, Duruflé Requiem, Charpentier Messe de Minuit, Saint-Säens Oratorio de Noel, Bach Mass in G Minor, St John Passion, Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Britten Ceremony of Carols, Haydn ‘Nelson’ Mass, Vivaldi Gloria, Magnificat, Schumann Frauenlieben und Leben, Dvorak Cigánske Melódie, lieder and mélodies of Strauss, Fauré, Poulenc and Mahler; and Elgar Sea Pictures. NO PART OF THIS TEXT MAY BE REPRODUCED OR PARAPHRASED FOR ANY PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE ARTIST’S PERMISSION. If you require a current biography, please contact Caroline directly.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Opera, Film / TV music, Classical crossover, Baroque, Contemporary classical, 1940s era music, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Easy listening, Light music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Singing teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

List not exclusive. If your chosen repertoire isn't listed below, please get in touch. I am very happy to prepare a particular piece for your event, providing it is within my range.
Weddings, Christenings and Memorials:
Murray, Alan: I'll Walk Beside You
Bach/Gounod: Ave Maria
Bostic, Jenn: Jealous Of The Angels
Caccini: Ave Maria
Mendelssohn: O Rest In The Lord (Elijah)
Schubert: Ave Maria
Trad, Irish: On The Banks Of My Own Lovely Lee
Trad, Welsh: Ar Hyd Y Nos (Welsh folk song)
Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Silent Noon
Westendorf, Thomas P. I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
Williams, Gwynne W.S. My Little Welsh Home
Opera & Operetta:
Bellini – I Capuleti ed i Montecchi ‘Se Romeo t’uccise un figlio’ (Italian, English – Romeo)
Bizet - Carmen 'Habanera, Seguidilla, En Vain Pour Eviter'
Britten – The Rape of Lucretia ‘Flowers bring to every year the same perfection’ (Lucretia)
Donizetti – La Favorita ‘O Mio Fernando/O Mon Fernand’ (Italian, French – Leonora)
Gluck – Orfeo ‘Che faro senza Euridice?’ (Orfeo)
Gounod – Faust ‘Faites-lui mes aveux’ (Siebel), Sapho ‘O ma lyre immortelle’ (Sapho)
Handel – Ariodante ‘Dover, Giustizia, Amor!’ (Polinesso)
Handel – Serse ‘Frondi tenere… Ombra mai fu’ (Serse)
Massenet Werther ‘Va Laisse Couler mes Larmes’ (Charlotte)
Mozart – La Clemenza di Tito ‘Parto, parto’ (Sesto)
Mozart – La Clemenza di Tito ‘Non piu di fiori’ (Vitellia)
Ponchielli – La gioconda ‘Stella del marinar’ (Laura), ‘Voce di donna’ (La Cieca)
Purcell – Dido and Aeneas ‘When I am Laid in Earth’ (Dido)
Rossini – Il Barbiere di Siviglia ‘Una Voce Poco Fa’ (Rosina)
Rossini – L’Italiana in Algeri ‘Cruda sorte! Già so per pratica’ (Isabella)
Saint-Saens – Samson et Dalilah ‘Mon Coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’, ‘Printemps qui commence’ ‘Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse’ (Dalilah), Reine! Je serai Reine! (Henry VIII)
Strauss II – Die Fledermaus ‘Chacun a son gout’ (Prince Orlofsky)
Tchaikovsky – The Maid of Orleans ‘Da, chas nastal’ (Adieu, forêts, in Russian, Joan of Arc)
Verdi – Don Carlo ‘O Don Fatale’ (Eboli)
Verdi – Il Trovatore ‘Condotta ell’era in ceppi’ (Azucena)
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

No problem at all. The easiest way to solve any issue is to keep communicating, so just drop me a line and we’ll talk through any changes.

How much time do you need to set up?

I like to get to the venue at least an hour before the start time to ensure that everything is set up and the accompanist and I have rehearsed in situ.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Every performance is tailored to the individual event, and so we’ll have a chat about what you’d like me to sing and whether it’s already in my repertoire. Don’t worry if it’s not, I’m very happy to prepare something new! (See below re new additions)

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

If you’d like me to sing accompanied by organ/piano/keyboard, then either the venue needs to have an instrument or the accompanist should bring theirs. I’m happy to arrange for an accompanist at a separate charge, as I work with lots of talented musicians and am lucky to have many contacts.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely - we’ll chat about the kind of music you’d like and what I can perform for you. If it’s not a piece I know but will be suitable for me to sing, I’d be happy to prepare it specially for your event.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I take pride in the detail, and I’m committed to giving the best performance possible. My clients appreciate the support I give them with choosing the music, sourcing additional musicians where needed and turning up polished, poised and prepared on the day to give a professional performance.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Royal Albert Hall, Opera Holland Park, Royal Festival Hall, Fairfield Halls, Bryn Terfel’s Faenol Festival, Margam Park, Swansea, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, St David’s Hall, St David’s Cathedral, Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Songs of Praise

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400

Reviews

From customers:

Https://markaspen.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/carmen-2/, 3 years ago

Caroline Carragher is a Carmen of dreams

London S, 2 years ago

Thank you so very much for providing a wonderful singer at my mothers service. Both songs were sung with perfection and were felt by all whom attended.”