Caroline MacPhie

Samling Artist Programme: 2008

Young British soprano Caroline MacPhie initially studied French and German at Bristol University before pursuing postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She completed her training on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music, following which she was awarded representation with the Young Classical Artists Trust. Her recent debut album ‘Love said to me…’ with pianist Joseph Middleton (Stone Records) ‘marks the decisive arrival of a fine young recitalist’ (Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph).

Operatic engagements for the 2014/15 season include ein Mädchen in Schreker’s Die Gezeichnetenfor Opéra National de Lyon and Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Project at West Green House. In recent seasons she has also performed the roles of First Niece Peter Grimes, First Lady/ Papagena Die Zauberflöte in Lyon, Norina Don Pasquale, Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Anne A little night music, all for Opera Project. Further appearances include a staged production of Messiah at Bristol Old Vic, Ninfa/ Euridice Orfeo for Silent Opera, the premiere of SUM, a new opera by Max Richter, directed by Wayne McGregor, at the Linbury Theatre for Royal Opera House, Serpina La Serva Padrona for Opera Project, Cleopatra (cover) Giulio Cesare for Opera North, Frasquita Carmen for Scottish Opera and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen at the Banff Centre, Canada. For Royal Academy Opera she has performed Berenice L’occasione fa il ladro (Rossini), Nerina La Fedeltà Premiata (Haydn) and Dew Fairy Hänsel und Gretel.

A committed recitalist, Caroline made her Wigmore Hall debut with Joseph Middleton in 2011 and has also performed at Purcell Room, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Sheffield Music in the Round and at the Chichester, Machynlleth, Oxford Lieder, Ryedale and Two Moors festivals. Her broadcasts include Fauré’s La bonne chanson live from the Cheltenham Festival for BBC Radio 3 as well as transmissions for France Musique and France 3 with Opéra de Lyon. This season she will give recitals as part of Opéra de Lyon’s Festival des jardins mystérieux.

On the concert and oratorio platform recent performances include Fauré Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Messiah with Southbank Sinfonia at St. John’s Smith Square and Bach B Minor Mass with South West Sinfonia at Exeter Cathedral. Further highlights include Grieg songs with the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, Mozart arias with the Northern Sinfonia at Ripon Cathedral, Mozart Requiem with the Philharmonia and Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Handel Dixit Dominus with the Classical Opera Company, Vaughan Williams’ Sinfonia Antartica with the Hallé, Bach St. John Passion with the Hanover Band and the title role in Handel’s Athalia with the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra. In 2010 she undertook a series of Johann Strauss Gala Concerts at all the major venues throughout the UK.

A finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Caroline’s competition successes include First Prize in the Emmy Destinn Awards, Prague, Miriam Licette Scholarship (Musicians’ Benevolent Fund), Dame Eva Turner Award and Blyth-Buesst Operatic Prize (Royal Academy of Music), Schubert Prize and Claire Croiza Prize for French Song (Royal Northern College of Music). She is also a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Kirckman Society Artist, Samling Artist, Steans Institute Young Artist (Ravinia Festival, Chicago) and Wingate Scholar.