biography

Olivia is a Kathleen Roberts scholar studying for a vocal Master’s at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she is learning under Tessa Cahill, having read English as senior choral scholar at Queens’ College Cambridge, where she won the Beaumont Award for musical excellence and the Gilbert Ryle Reading Prize. She is a member of the conservatoire's chamber choir and this year won the inaugural Carne competition at Trinity.  

 

She was a young artist at Bury Court Opera, where she premiered Mad King Suibhne in conjunction with ENO and with Helios Collective, and took part in workshops with the British Youth Opera  and Will Kerley last summer. She studied on the Morley College Opera programme and is the inaugural recipient of the Rose Opera bursary. 

Recent opera credits include: Susanna (Nozze di Figaro), Puzzlepiece Opera: Maiden (Fliegende Hollander), Rose Opera; Annina (La Traviata), New Sussex Opera; Yum-Yum (The Mikado), the Witch (Hansel and Gretel), First Lady (the Magic Flute), the Monitor (Suor Angelica) with Opera Anywhere; Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas), Helios Collective; Lucy (Cheryomushki), Nancy (Albert Herring), Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Cambridge University Opera Society.

Upcoming work includes Papagena (cover, Oxford Opera), First Witch (Hurn Court Opera) and soprano in Nicky Spence's production of The Diary of One Who Disappeared at the Two Moors Festival.

As a member of Emma Kirkby’s Dowland Works, she performs with lutenists across the country, and is a soloist with the Facade Ensemble, specialising in contemporary music, particularly Stemming. She is also a member of St Martin's Voices at St Martin in the Fields.

Olivia is passionate about oratorio: recent solo performances include Mozart and Brahms Requiems, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Handel Messiah, Bach Christmas Oratorio, Haydn Nelson Mass and Poulenc Gloria.

She is a founding member of the operatic trio Sorelle, reimagining the role of women in opera and exploring power and gender in some of the genre's most iconic and exciting works. Themed concerts in Oxfordshire, Stroud and London complement an array of corporate work.www.sorellesingers.com

Olivia's studies are supported by a Trinity Laban award, grants from the Split Infinitive Trust, the Kathleen Turst and the Yorkshire Ladies’ Council of Education, a bursary from Rose Opera and a choral scholarship at St Gabriel’s, Pimlico. She is grateful for the continued support of News UK and the Times.