Praised for her interpretive abilities and stage presence, British soprano Olivia Moss is an exciting young artist currently working towards her Vocal Master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, studying with Outi Kähkönen. She was awarded Second Prize in the Helsinki Lied Competition 2021, alongside her duo partner Kumi Shimozaki and she was a finalist in the Boosey & Hawkes international Sing Finzi competition 2021. Other recent performance highlights include singing the title role in Handel’s Semele (Sibelius Summer Academy/Vantaa BRQ Festival) and singing in Lee Mingwei’s moving installation Sonic Blossom at the Ateneum National Gallery in Helsinki. Olivia was awarded The Gus Christie Award 2018 from Glyndebourne, an honour given to support a young singer with exceptional promise.
Olivia has been chosen for the semi-finals of the Merikanto Singing Competition in Finland and the live rounds of the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Singing Competition in Sweden, both in the summer of 2022. Next season, Olivia will sing the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Sibelius Academy Opera and in Krenek’s Der Diktator with Tapiola Sinfonietta, as well as in special concerts for Saariaho’s 70th birthday festival.
Olivia made her debut at the Royal Festival Hall, London, as soprano soloist in Bernstein’s Mass, under the baton of Marin Alsop and has also sung Suor Dolcina in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (Heraklion Piano Festival, Crete), Emmeline in Purcell’s King Arthur (Richmond Opera, London) and Caterina in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz (Sibelius Academy Opera, Helsinki). In scene studies, Olivia has sung Violetta (La Traviata), Gilda (Rigoletto), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Olivia has sung soprano solos for Bach’s St John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Dvorak’s Te Deum, amongst others. She also recently sang the solo cantata Arion by Campra for Baroque Fridays at the Sibelius Academy. Olivia is also featured on the film soundtrack for The Postcard Killings (Good Films Collective).
A passionate performer of contemporary music, Olivia has been praised for her musicality and vocal colours in her approach to contemporary repertoire. She has premiered several works as a soloist and has performed with the Chimera Ensemble (York), the York Composers’ Collective (York) and Philomel (London). Led by Anu Komsi and Pia Värri, Olivia participated in a week of masterclasses exploring the vocal works of Kaija Saariaho, culminating in a concert at the Sibelius Academy with Saariaho herself. Olivia was also part of the working group for the new contemporary opera Obsessions by Yiran Zhao with contemporary theatre company Oblivia.
Olivia previously studied with Rosa Mannion and Mary King after graduating from the University of York with a BA (Hons) in Music in 2016. She has sung in masterclasses with Anu Komsi, Hartmut Höll, Soile Isokoski, Andreas Schmidt, Joan Rodgers, Mary King and John Ramster and was selected for studies at the Glyndebourne Academy, British Youth Opera workshops programme, the Oxenfoord International Summer School Opera Programme, the Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers, Morley College Opera School and the Savonlinna Summer Academy.
Olivia lives in Espoo, Finland with her partner and their dog, Elvis.