Praised for her interpretive abilities, musicality 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 recently awarded Second Prize in the Helsinki Lied Competition 2021, alongside her duo partner Kumi Shimozaki. Other recent performance highlights include singing the title role in Handel’s Semele (Sibelius Summer Academy, Vantaa BRQ Festival and Audite Choir) 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. She previously studied with Rosa Mannion and Mary King after graduating from the University of York with a BA (Hons) in Music in 2016.
Olivia has received further competition success recently; she is now a finalist in the Boosey & Hawkes international ‘Sing Finzi’ singing competition and she has been chosen for the semi-finals of the renowned Merikanto Singing Competition in Finland.
Olivia made her debut at the Royal Festival Hall, London, as soprano soloist in Bernstein’s Mass, under the baton of Marin Alsop. Her other roles include 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). Olivia has studied and performed scenes from many other roles, including Violetta (La Traviata), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Amina (La Sonnambula) (full list on repertoire page).
Also experienced in Oratorio, Olivia has sung soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Bach’s St John Passion and Dvorak’s Te Deum, amongst others. She also recently sang the solo cantata Arion by Campra with ensemble for the Baroque Fridays concert series at the Sibelius Academy. As a recitalist, Olivia has recently sung at the Sibelius Academy, The Funtington Music Group, Bognor Regis Music Club and Chichester Festival. 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 has sung in masterclasses with Anu Komsi, Hartmut Höll, Soile Isokoski, Andreas Schmidt, Joan Rodgers, Mary King and John Ramster and has been selected for the Glyndebourne Academy, British Youth Opera workshops programme, the Oxenfoord International Summer School Opera Programme, the Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers and the Savonlinna Summer Academy. For the 2016/17 academic year, Olivia studied at the Morley College Opera School in London.
Alongside her singing, Olivia was the Assistant Musical Director for Richmond Opera (2019), the Director of the Choir of Fortnum & Mason (2017-19) and she teaches singing and piano. Olivia lives in Helsinki with her partner and their dog, Elvis.