Jimmy Holliday Bass

Recipient of INDEPENDENT OPERA Voice Fellowship 2011-2013

Jimmy Holliday finished a year’s study at The National Opera Studio, London last year where he was supported by British American Tobacco and The Friends of Covent Garden. In the previous year, he graduated from the Royal College of Music's International Opera School with distinction as the Martin Harris scholar supported by a Douglas & Kyra Downie Award. He was also supported by a Toeman Weinberger Opera Scholarship. In his last year at the RCM Jimmy won the McCulloch Prize for Opera, was awarded the inaugural Richard Van Allan Award administered by the Musician’s Benevolent Fund, and won the Hampshire Singer of the Year competition, the 10th anniversary of the competition.  He has recently been awarded an Independent Opera Voice Fellowship for October 2011-2013.

Jimmy is a regular oratorio performer with recent highlights including J.S. Bach St Matthew Passion with The Dunedin Consort, Handel’s Messiah with Southern Sinfonia and David Hill, Handel’s Alexander’s Feast at St James’ Piccadilly, Haydn Creation at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Brahms Requiem with David Hill, The Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to open the Winchester Festival, Verdi Requiem, again with David Hill and the BSO, Mahler Symphony No 8 at The Sage, Gateshead and Stravinsky's Threni and The Flood with the CBSO in Symphony Hall, Birmingham.  Jimmy won the RCM’s Lieder competition in 2007 and regularly gives recitals around the country, most recently at the Winchester Festival, Schubert’s Schwanengesang at the Stratford-upon-Avon Festival, and various recitals at The National Opera Studio.  

Operatic roles include Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (Noye) at Romsey Abbey, Handel’s Acis & Galatea (Polyphemus) for Woodhouse Opera and Sleep in Purcell’s Fairy Queen with Harry Bicket and The English Concert and Handel’s Flavio (Lothario cover) for ETO.  In RCM productions he performed the roles of Dr Bartolo in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Badger/Parson in Janacek’s Cunning little Vixen, Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Kecal in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride.

Projects in 2012 include his debut with English National Opera in Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz, Pastor Oberlin (cover) and ensemble role and the UK premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s one-act opera Wagner’s Dream with the LSO at The Barbican.  He is also taking on the role of Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress for Ostrava Opera Company, Czech Republic.

Jimmy is taught by Graeme Broadbent.