Internationally acclaimed soprano Holly Gash has been in popular demand throughout the United States and 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 as a “most favored diva” among many opera patrons 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 the many that delighted the ear. Her fioritura in her aria, ‘Verginella il Morir Vo,’ was marvelous.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Nino Pantano).
Holly with former voice teacher, Elaine Cencel
The following year, in 2006, Ms. Gash performed the role of the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Living Opera of Richardson, Texas to great acclaim, along with the title role of Thaïs as an alumnus guest artist with the Opera Theatre of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In 2009, Ms. Gash debuted a 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 Madama Butterfly. Ms. Gash also sang Frasquita in Knoxville Opera’s production of Carmen, along with Fiordiligi in Carroll Freeman’s updated and clever 1960s hippie staging 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 Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Arkansas under Professor Elaine Cencel. Other previous musical mentors include Daniel Ferro, Juilliard Professor Emeritus, and Benton Hess, Eastman School of Music. Ms. Gash currently studies with Valentin Peytchinov.
Holly with dear friends, Luis Giron May, baritone, and Chris Lacy, pianist
Holly has given over a dozen performances around Central America, including Guatemala City, Antigua Guatemala; San José, Costa Rica; San Salvador, El Salvador; and Managua, Nicaragua. Many of these performances there, along with several in the United States, have been for fundraising opportunities benefitting nonprofit medical expenses for those in need.
Holly and her husband are on the Board of Directors of the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, and they are passionate about keeping their hometown community of Bucks County’s talent and culture scene thriving. She enjoys singing at the Newtown Methodist Church in Newtown, PA, and she also delights in teaching private voice lessons.
She enjoys traveling for singing opportunities and for leisure, particularly with her Morkie, Kirby, and her biggest fan and partner, Tim Bryan – also known as “The Diva Pack Mule.”
Daniel Ferro, Luis Giron May, Chris Lacy, Raquel Ramirez, Herald Stark, Philip Frohnmayer, John & Ginger Gash