ABOUT

Welcome to the website of British soprano Caroline MacPhie

Described as a singer with ‘flair, style and imagination’ (The Telegraph), Caroline is a versatile artist, performing as a soloist in repertoire from Monteverdi to Max Richter with companies such as Royal Opera House, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Opéra  National de Lyon and Opéra National de Lorraine. In concert she has performed with leading ensembles including Hallé, Hanover Band, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia. A committed recitalist, she made her Wigmore Hall debut in 2010 and has since gone on to perform at major UK festivals as well as further afield. A specialist in repertoire by female composers, her latest album with pianist Joseph Middleton ‘Love said to me….’ is a collection of songs inspired or written by women.

 

Alongside her performance career, Caroline is also Artistic Director of a number of performance as well as outreach projects. Through these initiatives, she aims to make opera and the recital repertoire more accessible to a larger audience whilst also using the voice as a transformational tool. She regularly delivers workshops and lectures in a business setting, combining her expertise and experience as both performer and pedagogue.

NEWS

Interview with France 24 following the opening recital at Festival Présences Féminines 2019 at Toulon Opera

Reviews

Seen and Heard International

MacPhie radiated joy and ecstasy…

Seen and Heard International (Cheltenham Festival with the Elias Quartet & Tom Poster, 2011)

Damien Dutilleul

Caroline MacPhie portrays a mischievous Barbara with clear high notes…

Andrew Porter

Caroline MacPhie sang Berenice’s difficult music surely and truly….in the aria she spun her notes into touching, lovely lines.

Ekkehard Pluta

Her bright, light lyrical soprano voice… also has dramatic bite. The performance is imaginative and eloquent…

Barbara Maxwell

Special mention must go to MacPhie’s performance as Pamina. Her solos were breathtaking and she manages to convey the many emotions required for this part.

Céline Wadoux

Caroline MacPhie portrays in this version a Glasha who is a cleaner rather than a servant. Her diction is executed effectively and she carries her high notes well whilst she toils away…

Olyrix (Katya Kabanova, Opéra National de Lorraine, 2018)

Rupert Christiansen

MacPhie sings with haunting sensitivity and emotional engagement… This lovely disc marks the arrival of a fine young recitalist.

Jonathan Woolf

…Caroline MacPhie and David Jones….both excellent.

Music Web International (Album 'Silence of the night', 2009)

David Nice

The real modernism came in a taster of Josephine Stephenson’s ‘Les constellations, une théorie’, bewitchingly articulated by Gillian Keith and Caroline MacPhie in perfect accord with Cottis and the orchestra – the most surprising highlight. All works were sung in their original language – Stephenson’s in excellent French….

The Arts Desk (SWAP'ra gala, Opera Holland Park, 2018)

Rupert Christiansen

Three committed and accomplished soloists – Caroline MacPhie, Damien Thantrey and Rupert Enticknap – move like priests or mentors among us, reciting and reflecting.