Northern Irish mezzo-soprano and Samling Scholar, Carolyn Dobbin began her career as a teacher of Art and Design before commencing the Opera course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She was Associate Artist at WelshNationalOpera in 2010 and spent two years at Luzerner Theater, Switzerland, from 2012 to 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 title role in Bizet’s Carmen, Annio in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina, Polina in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff, Dritte Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Amastre in Handel’s Xerxes, Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Nicklausse in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, Teodata in Handel’s Flavio, Concepcion in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole, Scipio in Detlev Glanert’s Caligula, Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo, and the title role in Rossini’s Cinderella/La Cenerentola.
She recorded the role of Madeleine in Richard Loder’s rare opera Raymond and Agnes under Richard Bonynge and released a solo CD with Delphian Records and Iain Burnside of songs by composers from Northern Ireland. She has also appeared on BBC Radio 3 and BBC television.