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    With her sumptuous soprano voice (spanning an impressive 3½ octaves range), consummate musical artistry and enthralling stage presence, Olivia Whelan has built an impressive reputation as one of the most unique, exciting and engaging artists within the world of opera today.


    Her internationally acclaimed opera roles include Fiordiligi (Così Fan Tutte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Violetta (La Traviata), Tosca (Tosca) and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus). A regular on the concert platform, she was universally praised for her Wigmore Hall and South Bank recital debuts and has won numerous international singing prizes and awards. Olivia studied at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.

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    Latest News

    Aug
    2014
    Radio 'Album of the Week' - Australia

    Olivia's new album CASTA DIVA was the featured album of the week and received its official Australian radio launch.

    Jun
    2014
    New album launch - Casta Diva

    Olivia's new album CASTA DIVA features some of her favourite arias including Casta Diva from Norma, Vissi d'arte from Tosca, Pace Pace from La Forza del Destino and È strano!...Sempre libera from La Traviata.

    Feb
    2013
    Film Advisor - Quartet

    Olivia Whelan was invited to be the opera adviser for the international smash hit film Quartet starring Dame Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly and directed by Dustin Hoffman. The film tells the story of four retired opera singers growing old disgracefully!

  • Press


    For media and press information please contact
    Maestro Artists' Management

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    E-mail: info@maestroartists.co.uk

    reviews

    “Olivia used her dusky soprano to supply the evenings most touching performance...”
    (THE TIMES)

    “A beautiful sonorous lead soprano part, splendidly rendered by Olivia…”
    (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)

    “Olivia sung gorgeously...”
    (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS)

    "Olivia was a wonderful Countess..."
    (OPERA MAGAZINE)

    “Olivia has a ringing soprano voice, an impressive stage presence and a convincing musicianship...”
    (ARTS PAGES)

    "All the singers proved they had polished and well-projected voices, especially Olivia as Donna Anna..."
    (THE OBSERVER)

    “As Fiordiligi, Olivia displays a bright soprano, secure in the treacherous ‘Per Pieta’...”
    (THE TIMES)

    “Olivia brought a lovely voice and total emotional commitment to Donna Anna...”
    (OPERA JAPONICA)

    "As for Fiordiligi, it is impeccably constructed and sung throughout by Olivia..."
    (EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS)

    "In a well-moulded Beethoven’s 'Ah! Perfido', Olivia is a gifted soprano..."
    (MUSICAL OPINION MAGAZINE)



  • Repertoire

    With the combination of her extensive vocal range and impressive musical knowledge, Olivia is often described as a vocal chameleon, enabling her to build a large and diverse repertoire list in a wide variety of musical genres, languages and vocal type.


    Please browse the list below to see a sample selection of her repertoire.

    Opera Roles


    AIDA (Verdi) AIDA
    ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (R.Strauss) PRIMA DONNA
    CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Mascagni) SANTUZZA
    COSI FAN TUTTE (Mozart) FIORDILIGI
    DER FREISCHUTZ (Weber) AGATHE
    DER ROSENKAVALIER (R.Strauss) MARSCHALLIN
    DIE FLEDERMAUS (J.Strauss) ROSALINDE
    DON CARLOS (Verdi) ELISABETH de VALOIS
    DON GIOVANNI (Mozart) DONNA ANNA
    ERNANI (Verdi) ELVIRA
    FIDELIO (Beethoven) LEONORE
    I PURITANI (Bellini) ELVIRA
    IL FORZA DEL DESTINO (Verdi) LEONORA
    IL TROVATORE (Verdi) LEONORA
    LA BOHEME (Puccini) MIMI
    LA GIOCONDA (Ponchielli) GIOCONDA
    LA TRAVIATA (Verdi) VIOLETTA
    LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Mozart) CONTESSA
    LUCIA DE LAMMERMOOR (Donizetti) LUCIA
    MACBETH (Verdi) LADY MACBETH
    MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Puccini) CIO-CIO SAN
    MANON (Massenet) MANON
    MANON LESCAUT (Puccini) MANON
    NABUCCO (Verdi) ABIGAILLE
    NORMA (Bellini) NORMA
    OSUD (Janacek) MILA
    RIGOLETTO (Verdi) GILDA
    THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA (Britten) FEMALE NARRATOR
    TOSCA (Puccini TOSCA
    TURANDOT (Puccini) LIU
    TURANDOT (Puccini) TURANDOT
    UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (Verdi) AMELIA

    Oratorios


    CARMINA BURANAORFF
    CORONATION MASSHAYDN
    CREATIONHAYDN
    CHILD OF OUR TIMETIPPETT
    EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEMBRAHMS
    ELIJAHMENDELSSOHN
    EXULTATE JUBILATEMOZART
    JUDAS MACCABAEUSHANDEL
    MASS IN GSCHUBERT
    MESSIAHHANDEL
    MISA SOLEMNISHAYDN
    PETITE MESSE SOLENELLEROSSINI
    REQUIEM MASSMOZART
    REQUIEMRUTTER
    REQUIEMVERDI
    SEA SYMPHONYVAUGHAN WILLIAMS
    SOLEMN VESPERSMOZART
    SOLOMONHANDEL
    SONGS OF MIRIAMSCHUBERT
    STABAT MATERDVORAK
    STABAT MATERROSSINI
    SYMPHONY 9TH (Choral)BEETHOVEN
    SYMPHONY 2MAHLER
    SYMPHONY 4MAHLER
    SYMPHONY 8MAHLER
    TE DEUMDVORAK
    THE APOSTLESELGAR

    Concert Arias & Scenas


    AH! PERFIDOBEETHOVEN
    AIR DE LIADEBUSSY
    CONCERTO FOR COLORATURA SOPRANOGLIERE
    CONCERT ARIAS:MOZART
    - Ah, lo previdi
    - As se in ciel, benigne stelle
    - Al desio di chi t’adoro
    - Alcandro, lo confesso…non so d’onde
    - Alma Grande e nobil core
    - Basta Vincesti…Ah non lasciarmi
    - Bella mia fiamma…Resta, o cara
    - Ch’io mi scordi di te…Non temer, amato
    - Chi sa qual sia
    - Kommet her, ihr frechen Sunder
    - Ma che vi fece….Sperai vicino
    - Mia speranza adorata…Ah non sai
    - Misera, dove son…Ah! Non son io che
    - Nehmt meinen Dank
    - No, No, No che non sei capace
    - Non piu….Non temer, amato bene
    - Ridente la calma
    - Vado ma dove
    - Voi avete un cor fedele
    - Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio

    SCENA DI BERENICEHAYDN
    SEI ARIETTEBELLINI

    Song Cycles & Art Songs


    4 LAST SONGSSTRAUSS
    ARRIETTES OUBLIEESDEBUSSY
    CABARET SONGSBRITTEN
    HEBREW SONGSRAVEL
    ON THIS ISLANDBRITTEN
    WESENDONK LIEDERWAGNER

    ITALIAN SONGS BY:
    - Bellini
    - Donizetti
    - Respighi
    - Rossini
    - Tosti
    - Verdi

    FRENCH CHANSONS BY:
    - Berlioz
    - Debussy
    - Duparc
    - Faure
    - Gounod
    - Liszt
    - Poulenc
    - Ravel
    - Saint-Saens
    - Satie

    GERMAN LIEDER BY:
    - Beethoven
    - Brahms
    - Haydn
    - Mahler
    - Mendlessohn
    - Schubert
    - Schumann
    - R.Strauss
    - Wagner
    - Wolf

    ENGLISH SONGS BY:
    - Britten
    - Dankworth
    - Delius
    - Elgar
    - Finzi
    - Hageman
    - Head
    - Ireland
    - Purcell
    - Quilter
    - Warlock

    RUSSIAN & SLAVIC SONGS BY:
    - Dvorak
    - Janacek
    - Liszt
    - Rachmaninov
    - Tchaikovsky

    MUSICAL THEATRE SONGS FROM:
    - Blood Brothers
    - Candide
    - Cats
    - Chess
    - Les Miserables
    - My Fair Lady
    - Phantom of the Opera
    - Porgy and Bess
    - Mamma Mia
    - Singing in the Rain
    - Sweet Charity
    - The Sound of Music
    - West Side Story


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  • Recordings

    Please mute the 'SOUND CONTROL' for this website (which can be found in the bottom right corner of your screen) before selecting tracks from Olivia's latest album CASTA DIVA


    Casta Diva
    Norma (Bellini)

    Duration 5:46





    D'amor sull ali rosee
    Il Trovatore (Verdi)

    Duration 5:01





    Vissi d'arte
    Tosca (Puccini)

    Duration 3:21





    Pace, pace mio dio!
    La Forza del Destino (Verdi)

    Duration 6:32



    Ave Maria
    (Schubert)

    Duration 5:08





    E strano...
    Sempre Libera

    La Traviata (Verdi)

    Duration 9:36


    Bournemouth Symphony Chorus 90th Anniversary
    Child of our Time
    (Michael Tippett)


      Duration 14:06


  • Contact Information

    Olivia Whelan is represented by:
    Maestro Productions & Artists' Management

    +44 (0) 1202 912153


    E-mail: info@maestroartists.co.uk

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  • Biography

    * Olivia's new album 'Casta Diva' was launched in June 2014 *


    With her sumptuous dramatic coloratura soprano voice, consummate musical artistry and compelling stage presence, Olivia Whelan (née Keen) has built an impressive reputation as one of the most exciting and engaging artists within the current generation of opera singers. Her rich, distinctive and lustrous voice (spanning an impressive 3½ octaves range) combined with her impressive vocal agility and fine acting skills, continues to enchant audiences throughout the world.

    Background


    Olivia was born in 1975 and studied at Chetham’s School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music. She has won numerous international singing competitions and the recipient of many awards including: winning the Dame Eva Turner Singing Competition, the Miriam Licette Award, 2nd Prize in the Frederic Cox Singing Competition and was selected as the UK representative to compete in the finals of both the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna and the Llangollen International Young Singer of the World Competition

    Olivia was also honoured to be awarded scholarships from the Peter Moores Foundation, the Countess of Munster Trust, the Ian Fleming Trust, the Sybil Tutton Trust, the Wingate Foundation, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music to assist her in her operatic training and development.

    Operatic Experience


    Her internationally acclaimed operatic roles include Fiordiligi (Così Fan Tutte) in Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh Festival, Brighton Festival, Scottish Opera and British Youth Opera; Violetta (La Traviata); Tosca (Tosca); Mimi (La Bohème) with the Hallé Orchestra; Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro) at Kazan Opera House in Russia, Europe and the UK; Mila (Osud) in the European premiere at Garsington Opera; Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus); Female Narrator (The Rape of Lucretia) in the RNCM’s multi-award winning production; and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Holland Park Festival, Longborough Festival Opera and throughout the UK.

    Concert Experience


    Her concert experience includes Mozart’s Requiem with Brian Kay conducting the Manchester Camerata; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Choral); Dvořák’s Stabat Mater; Verdi's Requiem; Elgar’s The Apostles at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre; Dvořák’s Te Deum at Durham Cathedral; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and Stabat Mater; Beethoven’s Misa Solemnis with the Highgate Choral Society (part of the Highgate and Hampstead Festival); soprano soloist at the Aix en Provence Festival opera gala and numerous international concerts and opera galas.

    Olivia was honoured to have been invited as the Guest Soloist at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Last Night of the Proms at both the Bournemouth International Centre and the Brighton Centre; and critically acclaimed for her performance of Beethoven’s notorious concert aria Ah! Perfido conducted by Vassily Sinaisky. Olivia is also a regular on the recital platform and made both her South Bank and Wigmore Hall recital debuts to much acclaim as well as highly successful international recital debuts in Canada and the U.S.A.

    TV, Radio & Film


    Olivia regularly features on TV and radio including a Radio 3 broadcast of Handel's Messiah with the Halle Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester; an ITV broadcast of Tippett’s Child of our Time with Robert Tear, Kokoro Ensemble and the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus to celebrate their 90th anniversary; a live Radio 3 broadcast of the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho's Chateau de L’ame with Kent Negano conducting the Halle Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall and a televised masterclass with Sir Thomas Allen.

    Olivia was recently invited to be the opera advisor for the international smash hit film Quartet starring Dame Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly and directed by Dustin Hoffman. Released in 2013, this film tells the story of 4 retired opera singers growing old disgracefully and features a who's who of British actors.

    Other Activities


    Never one to keep still, Olivia is in high demand on the lecture circuit as a presenter and guest speaker giving lectures, seminars and after-dinner speeches on a wide variety of topics including The History of Opera, Motivation, Understanding Body Language, PR & Marketing and The Art of Giving a Presentation.

    In her spare time, Olivia is passionate about sharing her extensive knowledge and experience. She is regularly invited to give public masterclasses and is also a singing teacher and vocal coach to a small number of personally selected professional singers in the opera, musical theatre and pop music genres, where she works with them on core technical elements (e.g. vocal technique, breathing and support) but also exploring musical and dramatic interpretation, performance skills, marketing and career development.

    Personal


    Olivia lives in Bournemouth with her husband, eight year old daughter and her West Highland Terrier dog called Figaro!