About

Praised for her “full-bodied, sparkling tone” (ClevelandClassical.com), lyric soprano Olivia Boen is a recent graduate of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. This past season, she was a member of the Wigmore Hall French Song Exchange led by Dame Felicity Lott and François le Roux, covered Donna Anna at Nevill Holt Opera, and premiered at the London Song Festival in a recital of unknown works by Ivor Gurney. She was also a finalist in the 2021 Gold Medal Prize at the Guildhall School hosted by the Barbican, where 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.

 

In 2019, she made her European debut at the Verbier Festival 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. This past year, she appeared in two new roles as the Countess Susanna in Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Segreto di Susanna and Queen Mother in Jonathan Dove’s The Little Green Swallow with Guildhall Opera. Olivia has also been seen as the leading ladies in Händel’s Alcina and Serse, Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

In addition to opera, Olivia is particularly committed to new music; she has worked with Judith Weir personally on several of her song cycles, received awards for her performances of music by Thomas Adès, and is a featured soloist with Oberlin Conservatory’s Contemporary Music Ensemble on the Oberlin Music record label. Olivia opened Robin Trischtler and Roger Vignoles’ recitals in the 2021 Oxford Lieder Festival as an emerging artist with pianist Dylan Perez and is looking forward to returning to the Festival to perform four recitals with Oxford Lieder founder Sholto Kynoch in 2022. Previous recital highlights also include two outreach concerts hosted by the London Symphony Orchestra at St. Luke’s Church, her Wigmore Hall debut with the Prince Consort as a part of their Side-By-Side initiative, and a vocal fellowship with the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Her concert repertoire includes Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, and Handel’s Messiah.

Olivia has participated in masterclasses with such renowned artists as Renée Fleming, Kate Royal, Roderick Williams, Thomas Hampson, Eric Owens, Helmut Deutsch, and Marilyn Horne. She was awarded the English Song Prize from the London Song Festival in 2019, the first place prize (Lynne Cooper Harvey Foundation Award) of the Musicians Club of Women Competition in 2018, a grant from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians in 2018, and the first place prize of the Tuesday Musical Competition in 2017. Olivia recently graduated from the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she received a Distinction mark for both her Artist Masters and Artist Diploma degrees, and is a 2017 alumna of Oberlin Conservatory.