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Carrie-Ann Williams – Soprano

Carrie-Ann Williams

Soprano Carrie-Ann Williams, born in Cheshire, has recently graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2013, with First Class Honours degree in Vocal and Operatic Studies. Carrie-Ann was awarded an entrance scholarship at the Conservatoire, and she is currently under the tutelage of Soprano Rita Cullis.

Carrie-Ann will be continuing her studies as a postgrad with Elizabeth Ritchie at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded an entrance scholarship.

During her time at Birmingham Conservatoire Carrie-Ann has been involved in many productions, landing roles in the yearly operas such as The Fox – Janácek’s: The Cunning Little Vixen, Anna Maurrant – Kurt Weills: Street Scene, Dido – Purcell’s: Dido and Aeneas and Suor Angelica – Suor Angelica from Puccini’s 3 act opera Il Triticco. Carrie-Ann has also been involved with the Conservatoire’s Opera Scenes, and has performed the role of Monica in Menotti’s: The Medium.

Carrie-Ann is also active outside of the Conservatoire, working with Operamus as 2nd Woman in their production of Purcell’s: Dido and Aeneas. Carrie-Ann has also had the pleasure of working with The Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra, where she performed the roles of Depina – Cosi fan Tutte and Susanna – De nozze di Figaro in a collection of scenes from Mozart’s Operas. Carrie-Ann also gained a place in the British Youth Opera workshops this year and studied the role of Countess in Mozart’s:The Marriage of Figaro, working with Martin Lloyd-Evans and David Gowland.

As a Soloist, Carrie-Ann has had several opportunities and has performed many recitals and oratorio works across the country, her oratorio work includes: Mozart’s: C Minor Mass, Mozart’s: Requiem, Britten’s: Rejoice in the Lamb, Finzi’s: In Terra Pax, Saint-Saëns: Oratorio de Noël, Rutter’s: Requiem, Haydn’s: Creation and Haydn’s: Paukenmesse.

She has also had the pleasure of being guest soloist for a number of groups around the Cheshire and Staffordshire area including Stokes Male Voice Choir, Biddulph Kingsfield Singers, Tideswell Choir and Biddulph Male Voice Choir, who invited her to perform with them for their 90th Anniversary concert in the Victoria Hall.

Within Birmingham Conservatoire, Carrie-Ann has performed in master classes with Graham Johnson and Roy Howat. Carrie-Ann has also entered a number of competitions within the Conservatoire, including the Vincent Lieder Prize in 2011 in which she was highly commended as a finalist. She has also been a finalist for the Cecil Drew oratorio prize in 2012 and was awarded first place in the Mario Lanza Operatic Prize in 2012. She also received the St Clare Barfield Operatic Distinction Rose Bowl award in the same year. This year Carrie-Ann was a recent finalist for the Singing Prize which was adjudicated by soprano Janis Kelly, who highly commended Carrie-Ann for her performance within this prize. Carrie-Ann also has recently been awarded first place for The John Ireland Prize, The Ashleyan Opera Prize and The American Song Prize.

In 2011 she competed in the Biddulph and Moorlands Music Festival, and placed first in three classes as well as receiving the Johnson Rose Bowl.

In her final year at the Conservatoire, she performed and directed a collection of scenes from Britten’s operas in celebration of his centenary. Roles include: Miss Jessel -Turn of the Screw, Female Chorus – Rape of Lucretia, Helena – A Midsummer Nights Dream and Lady Billows – Albert Herring.

Carrie-Ann is generously supported by the Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award.

Future engagements include:

  • Welsh National Youth Opera – Workshop. With Director Alessandro Talevi, Vocal specialist Mary King, Music Director and Conductor Natalie Murray.
  • Soprano Soloist for Haydn’s: Nelson Mass, with The Malmesbury Singers Choral Society
  • Soprano Soloist for Rutter’s: Requiem and William Llewellyn’s: On Earth In Concert Sing, with The South Holland Singers

Find out more about Carrie-Ann here.