Biography

Olivia graduated from the University of York with a BA (hons) in Music in 2016 and now studies privately with Rosa Mannion, with additional lessons from Mary King and Richard Jackson. Olivia is honoured to be the recipient of The Gus Christie Award 2018 from Glyndebourne.

Recent performance highlights for Olivia include performances of Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ at the Royal Festival Hall in April under the baton of Marin Alsop, where she sang the soprano solo as a character in the Street Chorus. Olivia also played Suor Dolcina in a new production of Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ for the Heraklion Piano Festival in February 2018.

Olivia was honoured to be selected for the Glyndebourne Academy 2017, where she benefitted from an intensive training programme, led by Mary King and Olivia has recently enjoyed singing in the final showcase performance. Olivia also studied for the 2016/17 academic year at the Morley College Opera School.

Other recent performances include singing with the Philomel Vocal Collective as part of the Musica Antica series and at the Brunel Museum in London, singing the Street Sweeper for Charpentier’s Louise with OperaCoast and in recital at Schott Music in London.

Olivia is passionate about exploring and promoting contemporary music. She has performed as part of the Chimera Ensemble and the York Composers’ Collective and she is part of a new soprano group, Philomel, which programmes new commissions alongside early soprano works. In June, Olivia performed a selection of soprano and piano works, including two world premieres written for her, in the Borough New Music concert series in London.

Olivia was a member of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir, directed by Simon Emery, and was honoured to perform with them at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony and in the world premiere of Emily Howard’s chamber opera ‘Zatopek!’. With them, she also performed as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. At University Olivia was part of The 24, directed by Robert Hollingworth and the University of York Choir and Chamber Choir with Prof. Peter Seymour. Olivia also performed as a soloist for the chamber choir on numerous occasions, in performances with the university Baroque Ensemble.