Biography

Holly Gash, international soprano, has been in popular demand throughout Central America since her debut in Guatemala in 2003.  Consistently brilliant performances in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador have firmly established Ms. Gash with a “most favored diva” status with many patrons in attendance due to her name alone.

In 2011 Ms. Gash made her New York debut with the Vertical Repertoire Opera in the title role of “Calisto”. “Holly Gash as Calisto sang in a caressing soprano with power on reserve… Her aria to freedom, “Viver in Libertad” was a feast to the spirit and one of many that delighted the ear. Her fioritura in her aria Verginella io Morir Vo” was marvelous.” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Nino Pantano

Holly Gash in Tosca

Holly Gash in Tosca

Opportunities in Central America were key in forming Ms. Gash’s early professional career  Ms. Gash made her personal debut of many operas and oratorios with the Guatemala National Symphony and Guatemala Youth Orchestra including, “Mozart’s Requiem”, “Rossini’s Stabat Mater” ,“Beethoven’s 9th Symphony” and excerpts from “Verdi’s Requiem”.  In October 2007 she was the featured soloist in an all Verdi extravaganza in El Salvador with arias from “I Vespri Siciliani”, “La Traviata”, “La Forza del Destino” and “Aida”.  In 2006 Ms. Gash opened the The Guatemala National Symphony Season with arias and duets from “Carmen”, “I Pagliacci”, “La Forza del Destino” and “Il Trovatore” with world renowned baritone, Luis Giron May.  In 2008, Ms. Gash enchanted Managua, Nicaragua’s Ruben Dario National Theatre with her debut there as “Madama Butterfly”.  In 2005, Ms. Gash made her debut in San José, Costa Rica performing Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata” under the direction of Constantino Juri and Maestro Mario Perusso, both from Buenos Aires Teatro Colón.  Ted Wasserman of the Tico Times introduced his review of Ms. Gash’s Traviata performance with, “La Gringa Takes Opera Scene by Storm.” This Traviata performance was a very auspicious step for Ms. Gash. She had just performed Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” in Houston, Texas with Opera in the Heights. The Houston Press credited Ms. Gash’s “Luisa Miller” debut with “Holly Gash is a vocal powerhouse” and The Houston Chronicle’s Critic Charles Ward proclaimed “Miss Gash adds ample voice and touching lyricism to the final scene”. Ms. Gash first performed with Opera in the Heights as Leonora in Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” under the direction of Maestro William Weibel, formerly with the Metropolitan Opera. The following year in 2006, Ms. Gash performed a very convincing Countess in “Le Nozze di Figaro” with the Living Opera of Richardson, Texas and she portrayed the title role of “Thais” as an alumnus guest artist with the Opera Theatre of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In 2009, Ms. Gash debuted a very triumphant “Tosca” with Amarillo Opera.

Ms. Gash apprenticed with Austin Lyric Opera, Knoxville Opera, Virginia Opera and Amarillo Opera.  At Opera in the Ozarks, she portrayed “Suor Angelica”, Nedda in “I Pagliacci”, Rosalinda in “Die Fledermaus” and, in her final year, as winner of a national scholarship, Cio-Cio-San in “Madame Butterfly”. Ms. Gash sang Frasquita in Knoxville Opera’s production of “Carmen” and Fiordiligi in Carroll Freeman’s updated, very clever, 1960’s hippie version of “Cosi Fan Tutte”.  While at Virginia Opera, Ms. Gash covered the leading mainstage roles of Desdemona in Verdi’s “Otello”, Liú in Puccini’s “Turandot”, and the Countess in “Le Nozze di Figaro”.

Ms. Gash received her Masters Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Arkansas under Professor Elaine Cencel.  Ms. Gash currently studies with Daniel Ferro of Julliard and coaches primarily with Benton Hess of Eastman.  Ms. Gash is very grateful to have attended Daniel Ferro’s summer Italy program in 2007 and Benton Hess’ “Si Parla Si Canta” in Urbania, Italy in 2009.