BIOGRAPHY

“MacPhie sings with haunting sensitivity and emotional engagement… She is a singer of whom we should hear more” – The Daily Telegraph

Training and operatic experience
Caroline MacPhie studied French and German at Bristol University before undertaking postgraduate studies in vocal performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She was then awarded a full scholarship to complete her studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Upon graduation with distinction from RAM she won First Prize in the Emmy Destinn Awards in Prague before winning representation with the prestigious Young Classical Artists Trust, an organisation that works with exceptional musicians at the start of their performance career.

 

Caroline’s stage experience involves a diverse range of roles. She is particularly drawn to repertoire from the late 19th century to the present day. Past highlights include the world premiere of Max Richter’s SUM with Royal Opera House, London, First Niece Peter Grimes and Ein Mädchen Die Gezeichneten both with Opéra de Lyon and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen with The Banff Centre, Canada. She has also performed Judith Weir’s mini opera for unaccompanied soprano, King Harald’s Saga at the Festival Présences Féminines at Opéra de Toulon and at the New Paths Festival in Yorkshire. Further roles include Ninfa/ Euridice Orfeo (Monteverdi) with Silent Opera, Cleopatra (cover) Giulio Cesare with Opera North, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Norina Don Pasquale, all with Opera Project, Frasquita Carmen with Scottish Opera, Papagena/ Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte and Barbara Eine Nacht in Venedig (a role she also performed at Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman).

 

On the concert and oratorio platform highlights include Bach St. John Passion with Hanover Band, Mozart Requiem with Philharmonia and King’s College Cambridge, Fauré Requiem with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vaughan Williams Sinfonia Antartica with the Hallé Orchestra.

 

Recital work
With her background in languages and her avid interest in European literature, Caroline has always been fascinated by the richness and diversity of the recital repertoire. Often perceived as an elitist art form, Caroline aims to make this repertoire – the perfect union between music and poetry – more accessible to a wider audience. She combines storytelling with imaginative staging as well as incorporating other art forms in order to more directly communicate with her audiences.

 

Her flair for innovative programming has led Caroline to seek out lesser-known repertoire – and in particular works by female composers. Her latest album, Love said to me…. with pianist Joseph Middleton is a collection of songs inspired or written by women with music by Strauss, Wolf and Poulenc as well as Muriel Herbert, Elizabeth Maconchy and two new commissions by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Rhian Samuel. Described as marking “the arrival of a fine young recitalist” the album was released to critical acclaim throughout Europe.

 

Since her permanent move to France four years ago, Caroline has undertaken several ambitious projects. In 2017 she performed in and was Artistic Director of Hommage aux femmes – a multi disciplinary project portraying the different stages in a woman’s life through song, story telling, video mapping and dance – at Lyon’s Salle Molière. In 2019 she opened the festival Présences Féminines at Opéra de Toulon with an all female composer programme, receiving special coverage on France 24. For her latest project for International Women’s Day 2020, Sur un air de femmes, she collaborated with leading sopranos Amel Brahim-Djelloul and Heather Newhouse and pianist Marieke Hofmann in a unique programme with music by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Irène Poldowski, Isabelle Aboulker as well as Saint-Saëns, Aubert and Walton.

 

Past highlights of Caroline’s recital experience includes concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Amphithéâtre de l’Opéra de Lyon, Musée des Tissus de Lyon, Cité de la Culture in Tunis and at the Cheltenham, Chichester, New Paths, Oxford Lieder and Ryedale Festivals. Over the course of her training she has been mentored by world-renowned artists such as Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber, Graham Johnson, Felicity Lott and Malcolm Martineau in the context of a number of Young Artists Programs (including Aldeburgh Britten-Pears and Steans Institute, Ravinia Festival Chicago).

 

Workshop leader and lecturer
Caroline regularly works in a corporate setting, using the skills she has learnt over the course of her performance career to inspire and motivate others. By using opera as a learning vehicle, she addresses topics such as teamwork, discipline, high performance, leadership, creativity and stress management. She works with teams of all sizes from executive committees to large groups at events such as annual conventions. For more information and videos relating to Caroline’s business activities, including her unique workshops with keynote speaker, author, researcher and management consultant Stéphane Moriou, please visit the Beyond the Music page.

 

Outreach projects
Caroline is passionate about making the operatic repertoire more accessible to the greater public as well as promoting the benefits the singing. For the past three years, Caroline has been Artistic Director of “Mission Opéra”, a month long outreach project in Valence working with teenagers who have had very little exposure to classical music and the world of opera. This year’s project will involve 100 young people from five different high schools who will rehearse and perform a programme of operatic repertoire together with the Orchestre Musaval at the Conservatoire de Valence.

 

Singing teacher and vocal coach
Caroline has over 15 years teaching experience, providing made to measure high quality tuition to pupils of all levels and ages. She is also a voice teacher for the Children’s Chorus at Opéra de Lyon and has given masterclasses to aspiring young singers as part of the prestigious Samling Foundation in Newcastle.

 

Caroline is an active vocal coach for professionals who wish to improve their spoken voice in the workplace. Her international client base includes journalists, CEOs, keynote speakers, actors and voice over artists.

 

Current and future projects
Caroline’s projects for the 2021/22 season include a unique staged production of Grieg’s masterpiece Peer Gynt with Opéra de Lyon, the broadcast of a filmed, all female composer recital with the French channel “Connaissances du monde”, and performances of Mozart Requiem with the Jardin Musical and the Cantabile Choir at Abbaye d’Ainay in Lyon. For the 2022/23 season and beyond, she will appear with the l’Orchestre Symphonique Tunisien as well as performing in the première of two new works: “Strange on a train” (for soprano, baritone and orchestra with music by the British composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad and text by Ian MacMillan) and a new opera with text by Diderot by the French-Maroccan composer Henri Agnel.  

Training and operatic experience
Caroline MacPhie studied French and German at Bristol University before undertaking postgraduate studies in vocal performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She was then awarded a full scholarship to complete her studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Upon graduation with distinction from RAM she won First Prize in the Emmy Destinn Awards in Prague before winning representation with the prestigious Young Classical Artists Trust, an organisation that works with exceptional musicians at the start of their performance career.

 

Caroline’s stage experience involves a diverse range of roles. She is particularly drawn to repertoire from the late 19th century to the present day. Past highlights include the world premiere of Max Richter’s SUM with Royal Opera House, London, First Niece Peter Grimes and Ein Mädchen Die Gezeichneten both with Opéra de Lyon and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen with The Banff Centre, Canada. She has also performed Judith Weir’s mini opera for unaccompanied soprano, King Harald’s Saga at the Festival Présences Féminines at Opéra de Toulon and at the New Paths Festival in Yorkshire. Further roles include Ninfa/ Euridice Orfeo (Monteverdi) with Silent Opera, Cleopatra (cover) Giulio Cesare with Opera North, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Norina Don Pasquale, all with Opera Project, Frasquita Carmen with Scottish Opera, Papagena/ Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte and Barbara Eine Nacht in Venedig (a role she also performed at Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman).

 

On the concert and oratorio platform highlights include Bach St. John Passion with Hanover Band, Mozart Requiem with Philharmonia and King’s College Cambridge, Fauré Requiem with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vaughan Williams Sinfonia Antartica with the Hallé Orchestra.

 

Recital work
With her background in languages and her avid interest in European literature, Caroline has always been fascinated by the richness and diversity of the recital repertoire. Often perceived as an elitist art form, Caroline aims to make this repertoire – the perfect union between music and poetry – more accessible to a wider audience. She combines storytelling with imaginative staging as well as incorporating other art forms in order to more directly communicate with her audiences.

 

Her flair for innovative programming has led Caroline to seek out lesser-known repertoire – and in particular works by female composers. Her latest album, Love said to me…. with pianist Joseph Middleton is a collection of songs inspired or written by women with music by Strauss, Wolf and Poulenc as well as Muriel Herbert, Elizabeth Maconchy and two new commissions by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Rhian Samuel. Described as marking “the arrival of a fine young recitalist” the album was released to critical acclaim throughout Europe.

 

Since her permanent move to France four years ago, Caroline has undertaken several ambitious projects. In 2017 she performed in and was Artistic Director of Hommage aux femmes – a multi disciplinary project portraying the different stages in a woman’s life through song, story telling, video mapping and dance – at Lyon’s Salle Molière. In 2019 she opened the festival Présences Féminines at Opéra de Toulon with an all female composer programme, receiving special coverage on France 24. For her latest project for International Women’s Day 2020, Sur un air de femmes, she collaborated with leading sopranos Amel Brahim-Djelloul and Heather Newhouse and pianist Marieke Hofmann in a unique programme with music by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Irène Poldowski, Isabelle Aboulker as well as Saint-Saëns, Aubert and Walton.

 

Past highlights of Caroline’s recital experience includes concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Amphithéâtre de l’Opéra de Lyon, Musée des Tissus de Lyon, Cité de la Culture in Tunis and at the Cheltenham, Chichester, New Paths, Oxford Lieder and Ryedale Festivals. Over the course of her training she has been mentored by world-renowned artists such as Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber, Graham Johnson, Felicity Lott and Malcolm Martineau in the context of a number of Young Artists Programs (including Aldeburgh Britten-Pears and Steans Institute, Ravinia Festival Chicago).

 

Workshop leader and lecturer
Caroline regularly works in a corporate setting, using the skills she has learnt over the course of her performance career to inspire and motivate others. By using opera as a learning vehicle, she addresses topics such as teamwork, discipline, high performance, leadership, creativity and stress management. She works with teams of all sizes from executive committees to large groups at events such as annual conventions. For more information and videos relating to Caroline’s business activities, including her unique workshops with keynote speaker, author, researcher and management consultant Stéphane Moriou, please visit the Beyond the Music page.

 

Outreach projects
Caroline is passionate about making the operatic repertoire more accessible to the greater public as well as promoting the benefits the singing. For the past three years, Caroline has been Artistic Director of “Mission Opéra”, a month long outreach project in Valence working with teenagers who have had very little exposure to classical music and the world of opera. This year’s project will involve 100 young people from five different high schools who will rehearse and perform a programme of operatic repertoire together with the Orchestre Musaval at the Conservatoire de Valence.

 

Singing teacher and vocal coach
Caroline has over 15 years teaching experience, providing made to measure high quality tuition to pupils of all levels and ages. She is also a voice teacher for the Children’s Chorus at Opéra de Lyon and has given masterclasses to aspiring young singers as part of the prestigious Samling Foundation in Newcastle.

 

Caroline is an active vocal coach for professionals who wish to improve their spoken voice in the workplace. Her international client base includes journalists, CEOs, keynote speakers, actors and voice over artists.

 

Current and future projects
Caroline’s projects for the 2021/22 season include a unique staged production of Grieg’s masterpiece Peer Gynt with Opéra de Lyon, the broadcast of a filmed, all female composer recital with the French channel “Connaissances du monde” and performances of Mozart Requiem with the Jardin Musical and the Cantabile Choir at Abbaye d’Ainay in Lyon. For the 2022/23 season and beyond, she will appear with the l’Orchestre Symphonique Tunisien as well as performing in the première of two new works: “Strange on a train” (for soprano, baritone and orchestra with music by the British composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad and text by Ian MacMillan) and a new opera with text by Diderot by the French-Maroccan composer Henri Agnel.

Overview
Lyon based British soprano Caroline MacPhie is a dynamic and versatile performer, artistic director, pedagogue, workshop leader and lecturer. Over the past ten years she has worked with leading international opera companies such as Royal Opera House London, Opéra National de Lyon, Opéra National de Lorraine, Opera North and Scottish Opera in a diverse range of repertoire from Monteverdi to Max Richter. She has performed as a soloist on stages including Royal Festival Hall and Barbican, London, Stockholm Concert Hall and Luzern Kultur- und Kongresszentrum and is also an established recitalist with her latest album ‘Love said to me….’ receiving critical acclaim throughout Europe. Her recital work has led her to undertake the role of Artistic Director for a number of projects through which she aims to make the song repertoire – and more specifically music by female composers – more accessible to a wider public.

 

Alongside her performance activity, Caroline has a busy teaching and coaching practice working with amateur and professional singers as well as journalists, CEOs, keynote speakers, actors and voice over artists. She also brings together her performance and pedagogical experience by leading school outreach projects as well as workshops in the business environment. She regularly joins forces with Stéphane Moriou, keynote speaker, author, researcher and management consultant, to deliver unique workshops combining the worlds of opera and business.

Training and operatic experience
Caroline MacPhie studied French and German at Bristol University before undertaking postgraduate studies in vocal performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She was then awarded a full scholarship to complete her studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Upon graduation with distinction from RAM she won First Prize in the Emmy Destinn Awards in Prague before winning representation with the prestigious Young Classical Artists Trust, an organisation that works with exceptional musicians at the start of their performance career.

 

Caroline’s stage experience involves a diverse range of roles. She is particularly drawn to repertoire from the late 19th century to the present day. Past highlights include the world premiere of Max Richter’s SUM with Royal Opera House, London, First Niece Peter Grimes and Ein Mädchen Die Gezeichneten both with Opéra de Lyon and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen with The Banff Centre, Canada. She has also performed Judith Weir’s mini opera for unaccompanied soprano, King Harald’s Saga at the Festival Présences Féminines at Opéra de Toulon and at the New Paths Festival in Yorkshire. Further roles include Ninfa/ Euridice Orfeo (Monteverdi) with Silent Opera, Cleopatra (cover) Giulio Cesare with Opera North, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Norina Don Pasquale, all with Opera Project, Frasquita Carmen with Scottish Opera, Papagena/ Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte and Barbara Eine Nacht in Venedig (a role she also performed at Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman).

 

On the concert and oratorio platform highlights include Bach St. John Passion with Hanover Band, Mozart Requiem with Philharmonia and King’s College Cambridge, Fauré Requiem with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vaughan Williams Sinfonia Antartica with the Hallé Orchestra.

Recital work
With her background in languages and her avid interest in European literature, Caroline has always been fascinated by the richness and diversity of the recital repertoire. Often perceived as an elitist art form, Caroline aims to make this repertoire – the perfect union between music and poetry – more accessible to a wider audience. She combines storytelling with imaginative staging as well as incorporating other art forms in order to more directly communicate with her audiences.

 

Her flair for innovative programming has led Caroline to seek out lesser-known repertoire – and in particular works by female composers. Her latest album, Love said to me…. with pianist Joseph Middleton is a collection of songs inspired or written by women with music by Strauss, Wolf and Poulenc as well as Muriel Herbert, Elizabeth Maconchy and two new commissions by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Rhian Samuel. Described as marking “the arrival of a fine young recitalist” the album was released to critical acclaim throughout Europe.

 

Since her permanent move to France three years ago, Caroline has undertaken several ambitious projects. In 2017 she performed in and was Artistic Director of Hommage aux femmes – a multi disciplinary project portraying the different stages in a woman’s life through song, story telling, video mapping and dance – at Lyon’s Salle Molière. In 2019 she opened the festival Présences Féminines at Opéra de Toulon with an all female composer programme, receiving special coverage on France 24. For her latest project for International Women’s Day 2020, Sur un air de femmes, she collaborated with leading sopranos Amel Brahim-Djelloul and Heather Newhouse and pianist Marieke Hofmann in a unique programme with music by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Irène Poldowski, Isabelle Aboulker as well as Saint-Saëns, Aubert and Walton.

 

Past highlights of Caroline’s recital experience includes concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Amphithéâtre de l’Opéra de Lyon, Musée des Tissus de Lyon, Cité de la Culture in Tunis and at the Cheltenham, Chichester, New Paths, Oxford Lieder and Ryedale Festivals. Over the course of her training she has been mentored by world-renowned artists such as Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber, Graham Johnson, Felicity Lott and Malcolm Martineau in the context of a number of Young Artists Programs (including Aldeburgh Britten-Pears and Steans Institute, Ravinia Festival Chicago).

 

Workshop leader and lecturer
Caroline regularly works in a corporate setting, using the skills she has learnt over the course of her performance career to inspire and motivate others. By using opera as a learning vehicle, she addresses topics such as teamwork, discipline, high performance, leadership, creativity and stress management. She works with teams of all sizes from executive committees to large groups at events such as annual conventions. For more information and videos relating to Caroline’s business activities, including her unique workshops with keynote speaker, author, researcher and management consultant Stéphane Moriou, please visit the Beyond the Music page.

Outreach projects
Caroline is passionate about making the operatic repertoire more accessible to the greater public as well as promoting the benefits the singing. For the past three years, Caroline has been Artistic Director of “Mission Opéra”, a month long outreach project in Valence working with teenagers who have had very little exposure to classical music and the world of opera. This year’s project will involve 100 young people from five different high schools who will rehearse and perform a programme of operatic repertoire together with the Orchestre Musaval at the Conservatoire de Valence.

 

Singing teacher and vocal coach
Caroline has over 15 years teaching experience, providing made to measure high quality tuition to pupils of all levels and ages. She is also a voice teacher for the Children’s Chorus at Opéra de Lyon and has given masterclasses to aspiring young singers as part of the prestigious Samling Foundation in Newcastle.

 

Caroline is an active vocal coach for professionals who wish to improve their spoken voice in the workplace. Her international client base includes journalists, CEOs, keynote speakers, actors and voice over artists.

 

Current and future projects
Caroline’s projects for the 2021/22 season include a unique staged production of Grieg’s masterpiece Peer Gynt with Opéra de Lyon, the broadcast of a filmed, all female composer recital with the French channel “Connaissances du monde”, performances of Mozart Requiem With Jardin Musical and the choir Cantabile at Abbaye d’Ainay in Lyon. For the 2022/23 season and beyond, she will appear with the l’Orchestre Symphonique Tunisien as well as performing in the première of two new works: “Strange on a train” (for soprano, baritone and orchestra with music by the British composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad and text by Ian MacMillan) and a new opera with text by Diderot by the French-Maroccan composer Henri Agnel.