Carolyn Dobbin


A Northern Irish mezzo-soprano and Samling Scholar, Carolyn began her career as a teacher of Art and Design before commencing the Opera course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Carolyn was Associate Artist at WNO in 2010 and spent two years at Luzern opera house, Switzerland in 2012-2014.

She has performed extensively in opera, oratorio and in solo recitals, including appearances at the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio, English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, Stadttheater Bern, and the Royal Albert Hall.

She has performed the roles of Carmen, Annio, Penelope, Bradamante, Polina, Meg Page, Dritte Dame, Lucretia, Amastre, Octavia, Nicklausse, Magdalena, Dorabella, Charlotte, Teodata, Concepcion, Scipio, Idamante and Angelina in La Cenerentola

She recorded the role of Madeleine in R Loder's rare opera Raymond and Agnes with Richard Bonynge and Retrospect Opera. She also released a solo CD with Delphian Records and Iain Burnside on songs by composers from Northern Ireland 2018 and has appeared on Radio 3 and BBC TV. She set up the northern Irish song project which aims to collect and record many forgotten songs by Northern Irish composers and new song cycles by current composers.

Recent and future roles include Madam Popova/The Bear, Mrs Peachum/Mrs Peachum’s Guide to Love and Marriage (MWO); Fenena/Nabucco, Alise/Lucia Di lammermoor (Dorset Opera Festival); the Witch/Hansel and Gretel (Irish National Opera); and recitals in the Houses of Parliament, Northern Ireland, Norwich and Dublin.

Previously for Longborough: Smeton/Anna Bolena (2019), Mary/Der fliegende Holländer (2018), Third Lady/The Magic Flute (2017)