Caroline Taylor

Genre: Soprano

Artist Reviews

"The high notes from soprano Caroline Taylor bring tears to my eyes, not the story, not the words, simply the sound.” Another Afternoon at the Opera, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023


“Soprano Caroline Taylor, already well known to many in the pews from her brilliant lead in HGO's production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, opened with a piece from Fidelio which…thrilled the audience.” Of Love and War, HGOpera 2023

HAM & HIGH, David Winskill

"Caroline Taylor gave an impressive rendition of the solo songs [...] John Bannister’s three settings of Ariel’s Songs from The Tempest were sung with sparkling finesse...whilst the anonymous ‘Begone sweit night’ received an affecting interpretation on account of Taylor’s pure-voiced nobility"


“Caroline Taylor in particular shone in this programme. A very talented soprano, also a charming and intelligent actress, she moved apparently effortlessly from the coquettish Norina in Don Pasquale to Bizet’s virtuous Micaëla, to Mozart’s Susanna, and the flirtatious vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen, concluding with one of the best renderings of Vilja Lied from The Merry Widow that I with my Austrian heritage have heard. " An Afternoon at the Opera, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022



British soprano Caroline Taylor graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with Distinction, where she won the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for Singing of Strauss and was a finalist in the Gold Medal. A keen performer of Czech repertoire, she won the 2021 Emmy Destinn Award for Czech Opera and Song and the 2023 Off West End Opera Performance Award with Hampstead Garden Opera for Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, in which she played the title role. She is a City Music Foundation Artist.

Praised for her “glittering soprano” (The Times), Caroline opened the 2023/2024 season with her recital debut at the Royal Opera House, accompanied by Fran Hills. Further season highlights included Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri (Peri) at the Caird Hall, Dundee and a solo recital with acclaimed collaborative pianist Roger Vignoles at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, in a programme comprising Strauss’ Brentano Lieder. This summer, she looks forward to taking part in the New Voices Singing Competition at the Northern Aldborough Festival.

Caroline’s opera credits include La Musica L’Orfeo (Longborough Festival Opera), Adina The Elixir of Love (Duchy Opera; King’s Head Theatre; Opera’r Ddraig), Lauretta Gianni Schicchi and the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon (RNCM Opera), Helena The Enchanted Island (British Youth Opera), She Cupboard LoveGoverness The Turn of the Screw and Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring (Byre Opera), Papagena The Magic Flute (St Andrews Voices), Kate The Yeomen of the Guard (Grange Festival) and a number of leading Gilbert & Sullivan roles. In 2022, Caroline made her role debut as Asteria in a new English translation of Handel’s Tamerlano with Cambridge Handel Opera, later jumping in to sing the role in the original Italian at the Grange Festival to considerable acclaim.

Concert highlights include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 at the Bridgewater Hall and solo performances at Wigmore Hall, St James’s Piccadilly, St Martin in the Fields and St John’s Smith Square. Caroline is a former Concordia Foundation Artist, Leeds Lieder Young Artist and member of the Wigmore Hall French Song Exchange and was most recently an Oxford International Song Festival Young Artist with duo partner George Ireland.

Caroline enjoys performing new and contemporary music and was honoured to create the role of Sara in the 2018 World Premiere of Ben Kaye and Adam Gorb’s The Path to Heaven (RNCM, Psappha), directed by Stefan Janski and conducted by Mark Heron. She also gave the World Premiere of Jen Hartley and Kerry Darbishire’s Lakeland Song Cycle with pianist George Needham at the inaugural Cumbria Opera Festival.

Prior to her musical studies, Caroline completed an MA (Hons) in French, Italian and Spanish at the University of St Andrews, comprising an Erasmus year abroad at Université Paris-IV Sorbonne. She graduated as the recipient of the Cedric Thorpe Davie Memorial Prize for outstanding contribution to music and theatre.

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Composer Work
Bach. J.S B minor mass
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem (DE/EN)
Fauré Requiem
Handel Jephtha (Angel)
Saul (Michal)
Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 (Soprano 2)
Mozart  Exsultate, jubilate
Pergolesi Stabat mater
Poulenc Gloria (in preparation)
Rossini Petite messe solenelle
Vivaldi Gloria
Song cycles
Britten  On this Island
Les Illuminations
Berg  Sieben frühe Lieder
Debussy Ariettes oubliées
Cinq poèmes de Baudelaire
Dove, Jonathan Five Am’rous Sighs
Hartley, Jen Lakeland Song Cycle
Hughes Brian Three Shakespearean Songs
Messiaen Chants de terre et de ciel
Trois mélodies
Patterson, Paul The Sorriest Cow of Capricorn
Poulenc 2 Poèmes de Louis Aragon
Quilter Five Shakespeare Songs
Seven Elizabethan Lyrics
Schumann, Robert Frauenliebe und -leben Op. 42
Liederkreis Op. 39
Strauss, Richard 4 Lieder Op. 27
6 Lieder “Brentano” Op. 58 (* only 5 of 6)
Mahler Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 8 (Mater Gloriosa)
Schumann, Robert Das Paradies und die Peri (Peri)
Sullivan, Arthur The Golden Legend
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music (Dame Eva Turner)
Sinfonia Antarctica
Operatic roles
Britten Miss Wordsworth/Albert Herring
Governess/The Turn of the Screw
Cavalli Clori/L’Egisto
Debussy Mélisande/Pelléas et Mélisande (sung only)
Donizetti Adina/The Elixir of Love (EN)
Giannetta/The Elixir of Love (EN)
Dring, Madeleine She/Cupboard Love
Gorb, Adam Sara/The Path to Heaven
Handel Galatea/Acis and Galatea
Asteria/Tamerlano (IT and EN)
Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen (CZ and EN)
Monteverdi La Musica/L’Orfeo
Mozart  Papagena/The Magic Flute (EN)
Pamina/The Magic Flute (EN, sung only)
Puccini Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi
Sams, Jeremy Helena/The Enchanted Island
Sullivan, Arthur Josephine/H.M.S. Pinafore
Casilda/The Gondoliers
Yum-Yum/The Mikado
Lady Psyche/Princess Ida
Aline/The Sorcerer
The Plaintiff/Trial by Jury
Kate/The Yeomen of the Guard
Elsie/The Yeomen of the Guard (sung only)
Artist: Caroline Taylor
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Soprano