In the upcoming season, soprano Olivia Boen is a finalist in the imminent Gold Medal competition at the Guildhall School of Music hosted by the Barbican, is welcomed back to Wigmore Hall in a recital with the French Song Exchange led by Dame Felicity Lott and François le Roux, and will become a Samling Young Artist.
Recently, she premiered at the London Song Festival in a programme of unknown works by Ivor Gurney and sang in a masterclass with Dame Lott hosted by Wigmore Hall, which is to be released for streaming online shortly. She also 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.
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. 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 will be featured as a soloist with Oberlin Conservatory’s Contemporary Music Ensemble on a digital release from the Oberlin Music label later this year.
Previous recital highlights 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 Renée Fleming, Kate Royal, Roderick Williams, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quasthoff, Eric Owens, Helmut Deutsch, and Marilyn Horne. She was awarded 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, the English Song Prize from the London Song Festival in 2019, and the first place prize of the Tuesday Musical Competition in 2017. Olivia is currently in her second year of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music in Drama in London, where she also received her Artist Masters, and is a 2017 alumna of Oberlin Conservatory. Her studies at Guildhall are generously supported by The Worshipful Company of Innholders and the Walter Hyde Memorial Prize.