English baritone Ashley Holland made his Royal Opera debut in 2002 as Masetto (Don Giovanni) and has since returned to sing Panthus (Les Troyens) and Spirit Messenger (Die Frau ohne Schatten) for The Royal Opera. In 2015 he sings Mr Darling/Captain Hook (Peter Pan) for Welsh National Opera on the Royal Opera House main stage.
Holland studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. He represented England in the 1995 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and won the Competizione dell'Opera at Hamburg State Opera in 1988. He was a principal baritone at the English National Opera, during which time he performed roles including Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Ford (Falstaff) and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly). Engagements elsewhere include Ford (Falstaff) and Marcello (La bohème) for Semperoper Dresden, Wolfram (Tannhäuser) for Greek National Opera, Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Lyric Opera of Chicago, the title role in Glanert’s Caligula and Jack Rance (La fanciulla del West) in Frankfurt, Dr Schön (Lulu) for Welsh National Opera, Mr Flint (Billy Budd) in Düsseldorf and Count (Capriccio) in Cologne and for the Edinburgh Festival. He has worked with such conductors as Colin Davis, Mark Elder, Kent Nagano and Antonio Pappano, and with directors including Christopher Alden, Johannes Erath and David McVicar.
Holland sings regularly in concert and has performed with such orchestras as the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, London Symphony Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra, with engagements including Biterolf (Tannhäuser) at the BBC Proms.