Born in Lancashire, Caroline MacPhie studied as a postgraduate at the Royal Northern College of Music with Caroline Crawshaw, and on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music with Noelle Barker. She also holds a degree in French and German from Bristol University.
Caroline has been a Samling Scholar and a Britten-Pears Young Artist. She has been awarded the Miriam Licette Scholarship administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, as well as several major scholarships and awards from both the RNCM and RAM, including the Dame Eva Turner Award 2008. Her studies were generously supported by the Countess of Munster, the Sir James Caird Fund and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Caroline's repertoire includes a strong element of contemporary music and in addition to her work with Jeffrey Lewis she has collaborated with James MacMillan and Giya Kancheli as well as creating the role of Daphne in The Airman's Tale by Gerard McBurney for the Yorke Trust.
Caroline's operatic roles include Vixen/ The Cunning Little Vixen, Lucy/ The Threepenny Opera (RNCM), Miss Wordsworth/ Albert Herring (British Youth Opera), Linfea/ La Calisto and Dew Fairy/ Hänsel und Gretel (RAM). Oratorio includes works by Fauré , Haydn , Mozart , Vivaldi and Poulenc . She recently performed Messiah with the Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir and the London Gala Orchestra conducted by Simon Over, Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antarctica with the Hallé Orchestra, and his Dona Nobis Pacem with the Hallé Youth Orchestra and Youth Choir. She performed the title role in Handel's Athalia with the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra at Snape Maltings in 2008 and will give a performance of Mozart's Requiem with the Britten-Pears Orchestra as part of the Aldeburgh Easter Festival 2009.