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This profile was last updated on 11/6/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Music Director

Phone: (860) ***-****  HQ Phone
Salt Marsh Opera Company
P.O. Box 227
Stonington , Connecticut 06378
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • performing diploma
    Royal College of Organists
  • Royal College of Music
186 Total References
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"'Madame Butterfly' was Salt Marsh ..., 6 Nov 2015 [cached]
"'Madame Butterfly' was Salt Marsh Opera's first ever opera production and we're thrilled to bring it back to southeast connecticut to celebrate our 15th Anniversary," said Salt March Artistic Director Simon Holt, who described the opera.
The story takes place in Nagasaki, Japan, he said. Young Cio-Cio San, known as Butterfly, adores her husband-to-be, U.S. Naval Officer B.F. Pinkerton. Though their wedding night is filled with tender bliss, Butterfly has no idea Pinkerton wants to marry 'a real American bride' when he returns to the states. Poor Butterfly subsists on the departed Pinkerton's vows for three lonely years, longing for his return," he said. "But when the day arrives, Butterfly's dreams are ... well, you just have to come and find out!"
Holt, the opera company's founder, and the executive director of the United Theatre in Westerly, has conducted numerous operas, operettas and musicals throughout his career, and has recorded and produced several CDs. He is currently the director of music at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.
As founder of Salt Marsh Opera, he has been the company's music director since its inception in 2000, and became artistic director in 2005 and general manager in 2014.
Prior to moving to the U.S. in 1999, Holt was director of music at Bristol Cathedral School, the Bristol Cathedral School Choral Society, Bromsgrove Choral Society and the Birmingham University Chorus and Orchestra, with venues including Bristol Cathedral, Birmingham's Symphony Hall and The Royal Albert Hall in London.
As an organist, Holt has performed in Westminster Abbey, York Minster, Selby Abby, St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Reading Town Hall and the Cathedrals of Norwich, Carlisle, Portsmouth, Wells, Canterbury, Rochester and Gloucester. He has toured extensively in Europe performing at St. Mark's in Venice, Sacré Coeur and Notre Dame in Paris, and venues in Holland, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Switzerland. Holt has appeared several times on British and American radio and television.
Simon Holt, executive ..., 5 Nov 2014 [cached]
Simon Holt, executive director of the United Theatre on Canal Street was with Saunders and the 50 or so others, savoring the news and celebrating.
"Rhode Island has set a precedent," said Holt, who is also the artistic director of the Salt Marsh Opera Company. "It is just amazing and very, very exciting. History in the making."
Holt told the Sun earlier this year that the money would be used to help the United Theater fulfill its mission to become a premier center for performing arts, cinema and arts education in Southern Rhode Island by helping complete the renovations to the 88-year-old building.
Simon Holt - Short Biography - Music Sales Classical, 4 June 2013 [cached]
Simon Holt
Shortly after graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music, Simon Holt was firmly established on the new music circuit with a series of commissions and fruitful collaborations with the London Sinfonietta and the Nash Ensemble. Influenced by Messiaen, Xenakis and Feldman as well as visual artists such as Goya, Giacometti and Brancusi, his music is complex, dramatic and often enigmatic. The intricate internal structures of his works are concealed by a seemingly impulsive nature. During the 1980s he worked primarily in complex soundworlds, while since the 1990s the dense textures have often been offset by Feldmanesque moments of calm, that Holt refers to as 'still centres'. Since becoming the Composer in Association at the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, he has written a number of successful orchestral works including St Vitus in the Kettle, Centauromachy and The Yellow Wallpaper.
The BBC News website quotes ..., 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
The BBC News website quotes spokesman Simon Holt as saying:
Calvary Music School, 10 Mar 2012 [cached]
CMS Director Simon Holt is committed to developing CMS into a first-rate academic music institution, encouraging its students to embrace music in a serious way. Music instruction should be pursued as not only fun, or an after-school hobby, he believes, but as a thoughtful endeavor that can significantly enrich one across several dimensions, musically, culturally, intellectually, and spiritually. Similar to ranking systems used in many sports, the ABRSM language is being used to assess and communicate ability levels. Simon believes that shifting the emphasis toward something that is more purposeful and goal-focused, rather than simply meeting each week for a lesson, can be highly motivating to certain students. He believes that encouraging students in this way can make music instruction more meaningful, and encourages both students and parents to feel a greater commitment to succeeding musically.
Students can opt to participate in the program by simply speaking with their teacher or Simon Holt or by contacting the CMS office for more information.
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