"Above all, Holly Teague simply astounded as a Mary Crawford too sophisticated for these country bumpkins. Her stage-presence (such lingering eyes!) was mesmerising, her command of the highest of ranges makes her a shoe-in for Mozart and Strauss, and I shall follow her career with great interest." Christopher Morley, Midland Music Review, 2019
A versatile musician, Soprano Holly Teague is as at-home with delicate 16th Century lute song as she is with Romantic Art Song, or 21st Century layered voice and electronics. She enjoys a varied singing career, appearing as a soloist for symphonies, oratorios, concerts, gala evenings, recitals and new music projects in addition to stage work in the UK and internationally.
In January Holly will embark upon an “Opera Highlights” tour with Scottish Opera, before return appearances with Cumbria Opera Group and covers at Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Artist. In April, she looks forward to the release of an album of Rameau for voice & organ with Edward Higginbottom, recorded in 2022 at Keble Chapel, Oxford with CRD Records.
Holly's most regularly performed sacred works are Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahm’s Requiem and recently, Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony. Her concert repertoire includes Britten's Les Illuminations, Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder and Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915; notable venues in recent years are Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham Cathedral and Westminster Central Hall. Recent roles include "Maria" in Der Diktator (Krenek) with Northern Opera Group and Oxford Alternative Orchestra, "Hilde" in No Way Out (Wood) at OSO Arts Centre, "Boxer" in Animal Farm (Jasmine Morris) at Snape Maltings, "Despina" in Cosí fan tutte (Mozart) with Cumbria Opera Group and "The Sandman" in Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck) with BYO/Silent Opera at Opera Holland Park.
A chamber music enthusiastic, Holly regularly partners with guitarist Michael Matthews. In the autumn of 2022, they presented Martin Bussey’s new song cycle, “A Shropshire Lass," a forty-five minute semi-staged piece inspired by the words of Shropshire novelist and poet, Mary Webb. In 2023, Holly and Michael look forward to performing their new programme “A Dawn Chorus” featuring selections from “A Shropshire Lass” alongside the music of Mátyás Seiber, Lennox Berkeley and Fanny Mendelssohn.
Holly has a particular interest in promoting classical music to more diverse and under-served audiences. As Artistic Director for UKAC Productions, she will present a second “Shrewsbury Proms in the Park” concert in June 2023 following its inaugural success at the county showground this summer, as well repeat concerts in Warwick, Bath and Windsor.
Holly studied at the Royal College of Music, London, CNSMD (Paris), and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and over the years has been supported by the Audrey Sacher Award, The Mario Lanza Trust, The Walker Trust, Help Musicians UK and The Countess of Munster Trust. She is a 2022 Josephine Baker Trust Artist, was a semi-finalist in the 2022 Kathleen Ferrier Competition at Wigmore Hall and the 2022 New Elizabethan Song Award and was the 2020 recipient of the St Clare Barfield Rosebowl for Operatic Distinction.
Biography updated October 2022 - to be used by request, please.