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 Welsh National Opera in 2010-11 and spent two years at Luzern opera house, Switzerland from 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 (Switzerland), and the Royal Albert Hall.

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

She released a solo CD in April with Delphian Records and Iain Burnside on songs by composers from Northern Ireland this year and set up the Northern Irish song project. Current and recent performances include Ludlow English Song Festival, ongoing BBC Radio 3 recitals and BBC television appearances, the role of Madam Popova in The Bear, the role of Mary in Der fliegende Höllander for Longborough, and also Elijah and Dream of Gerontius in concert. She has just recorded and released a CD of Richard Loder's opera Raymond and Agnes which was conducted by Richard Bonynge and will record a CD of the opera Fete galant by Ethel Smyth which will be conducted by Odaline de la Martinez.

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