British soprano Olivia Moss is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Vocal Arts at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, studying with Outi Kähkönen. Previously, Olivia studied with Rosa Mannion and Mary King after graduating from the University of York with a BA (Hons) in Music in 2016. Olivia was awarded The Gus Christie Award 2018 from Glyndebourne, an honour given to support a young singer with exceptional promise.
This Summer Olivia sings the title role in Handel’s Semele for the Sibelius Summer Academy in collaboration with the Vantaa BRQ Festival and Audite Choir. Olivia will also sing in Lee Mingwei’s Sonic Blossom at the Ateneum Gallery, Helsinki from September.
Olivia’s roles include soprano soloist in Bernstein’s Mass (Royal Festival Hall, London) under the baton of Marin Alsop, Suor Dolcina in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (Heraklion Piano Festival, Crete), Emmeline in Purcell’s King Arthur (Richmond Opera, London), Caterina in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz (Sibelius Academy Opera, Helsinki). 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. A keen 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 advocate for contemporary music, Olivia 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 recently 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, 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 and the Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers. 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.