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, under the tutelage of 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 in three concerts for Saariaho’s 70th Birthday Festival. Olivia was awarded The Gus Christie Award 2018 from Glyndebourne, an honour given to support a young singer with exceptional promise.
This 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, and she has sung in special concerts for Saariaho’s 70th birthday festival.
Olivia made her Royal Festival Hall debut as soprano soloist in Bernstein’s Mass, under the baton of Marin Alsop. Other roles include Suor Dolcina in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (Heraklion Piano Festival, Crete) and Caterina in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz (Sibelius Academy Opera, Helsinki). Olivia has covered twice for Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) and for Yulia in the world premiere production of Uljas Pulkkis’ All the Truths We Cannot See (Sibelius Academy Opera). 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 and recently sang the solo cantata Arion by Campra. Olivia is also featured on the film soundtrack for The Postcard Killings (Good Films Collective) and sang in Lee Mingwei’s Sonic Blossom at the Ateneum National Gallery in Helsinki.
A keen 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 collaborated with the Chimera Ensemble (York), the York Composers’ Collective (York), Philomel (London) and Oblivia (Helsinki). Olivia was part of the working group for the new opera Obsessions by Yiran Zhao.
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, John Ramster and David Gowland 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 husband and their Hungarian vizsla, Elvis.