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Holly Chaplin is a Lyric Coloratura Soprano from Toronto, Canada. Holly started her musical training at 6 years old with piano lessons and joining a community choir. She then studied with Stephanie Bogle at York University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Voice performance with honors in 2014. Afterwards Holly was the recipient of an emerging artist scholarship for her participation in the Saarburg International music festival in Saarburg, Germany. Other young artist programs include Summer Opera Lyric theatre(Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann 2016, and Semele in Semele in 2018), Miles Nadal Opera Studio, and Schloss Henfenfeld Oper Akademie(Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte in 2018).
Holly has been a featured artist in many productions within Ontario based companies, such as Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Talk is Free Theatre in Barrie, Opera By Request, Counterpoint Community Orchestra, Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and The Toronto Choral Society.
Holly was the 2019 recipient of the Stuart Hamilton Memorial Foundation Award for Emerging Artists. That year she also won first prize in Women on the Verge SongSLAM Competition. Holly made her Toronto Operetta Theatre debut in the role of Josephine in H.M.S Pinafore in 2020. In June 2022 she sang Gilda in Rigoletto for Camerata De Bardi Opera Festival in Ubbergen Netherlands, followed by Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi under the baton of Samuel Tamarit-Orteo with the Flehite Sinfonietta in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.
In November 2022, Holly won an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera's Laffont competition in the Idaho-Montana district.
Earlier this year, Holly sang the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, and premiered the role of Leontine in Bologne’s L’Amant Anonyme with Opera in Concert, conducted by David Fallis. Then she joined Orchestra Toronto for the premier of Elizabeth Raum’s opera Romance of the Gods in the role of Persephone and other famous opera scenes, with the orchestra led by Michael Newnham
This fall, Holly will sing the role of Marchesa di Poggio in Verdi’s Il Finto Stanislao/Giorni di Regni with Opera in Concert. Holly sends out thanks to her friends, family and supporters who give continuous love and encouragement.
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