PROM 29: August 14
Carrickfergus born, Northern Irish mezzo-soprano and Samling Foundation Scholar, Carolyn Dobbin, trained on the Opera Theatre Company Young Artist Programme in Dublin and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. In opera, Carolyn Dobbin has worked with numerous companies including Dorset Opera Festival, English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, English Touring Opera, Castleward Opera, Stadttheater Bern (Switzerland), Mid Wales Opera, Opera Della Luna, Opera Holland Park, Opera Theatre Company, The Opera Group, Raymond Gubbay Ltd and Welsh National Opera. In 2010, Carolyn Dobbin was a WNO Associate Artist and the recipient of the WNO Chris Ball Bursary and Sir John Moores Award. Carolyn established the Northern Irish Song Project which has seen her collect and record songs by N Irish composers for many years. She has also had new song cycles written for her by contemporary N Irish composers and as a result of this project she has collaborated with Delphian Records and Iain Burnside to produce and launch her first cd Calen-o at The Ludlow English Song Weekend and also in Belfast. She also exhibited her paintings of these composers and the scenes of where the songs are about alongside these recitals.