Barbara Hollinshead
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Mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead has enjoyed many performances with the Folger Consort, in guises ranging from a sin-sick soul to a witch! The Washington Post has described her as singing with "an artful simplicity that illuminated the text and beguiled the ear." She studied baroque performance practices with Max van Egmond in the Netherlands and has since appeared with multitudes of early music groups, including Tafelmusik, Chatham Baroque, and the Four Nations Ensemble. Hollinshead is a frequent guest artist with Opera Lafayette, the Washington Bach Consort and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She has been a member of the Manhattan-based ARTEK since 1995 and has performed with the group at festivals from California to Scotland. She is also a member of an 8-voice ensemble in residence at the National Gallery of Art. On recordings you can find her featured in music from Bach to Mrs. H.H.A. Beach, including a Folger Consort disc and a just-released disc of Airs de Cour. Hollinshead rounds out her musical contributions teaching voice at American University and acting in the Washington Bach Consort's much-celebrated program "Bach to School," which brings Bach's music to DC elementary school students.