Meet Olivia

Chicago-born soprano Olivia Boen is equally at home in contemporary and traditional repertoire. In 2019, she made her European debut at the Verbier Festival live on under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev as Die Stimme des Falken in Strauss’ Die Frau Ohne Schatten and as Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Maestro Stanislav Kochanovsky.

As a finalist in the 2021 Gold Medal Prize at the Guildhall School of Music hosted by the Barbican, she sang a diverse programme of songs by Messiaen, Marx, Maconchy, and Rachmaninov, and arias from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Strauss’ Daphne, and Floyd’s Susannah.

During the pandemic, Olivia recently premiered at the London Song Festival in a recital of unknown works by Ivor Gurney and sang in a masterclass with Dame Lott hosted by Wigmore Hall, which is currently available for viewing on Wigmore Hall’s YouTube channel.

She looks forward to returning to Oxford Lieder Festival for a mini-tour with the festival’s founder Sholto Kynoch in May 2022, featuring a programme which transports us back to Café Bazar in 1922 Salzburg, the meeting ground for some of the most influential musical and literary minds of the 20th century, revolving around the works of Debussy, Strauss, Ethel Smyth, de Falla, Berg, Syzmanowski and their friends.

About Olivia

“Among the other protagonists, the American soprano Olivia Boen (First Lady) affirms her authority with an exemplary vocal projection, a rich sound, and perfect diction.”

{Parmi les autres protagonistes, la soprano américaine Olivia Boen (1ère Dame) affirme son autorité avec une projection vocale exemplaire, une voix bien timbrée et une diction parfaite.}

ResMusica – Jacques Schmitt

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“…full-bodied, sparkling tone…” – Mike Telin

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