British Mezzo Soprano, Olivia Warburton studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music with Caitlin Hulcup, Yvonne Howard and Jonathan Papp. After graduating with first class honours and distinction from both the BMus and MA programmes, Olivia spent time as Erasmus student at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln where she studied with Prof. Brigitte Lindner. She has been a prize winner in numerous competitions including the International Haydn Singing Competition, the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize and the Lesley Garrett Opera Award. Whilst at RAM she won both the Alice Gamble and Andrew S Sykes Awards for outstanding achievement.
Her recent operatic roles include the title role in Handel's Teseo for the London Handel Festival, Stewardess in Dove's Flight for Royal Academy Opera and the title role in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas for The Grange Festival. This season she looks forward to performing the role of Ino in Handel's Semele under Laurence Cummings.
A keen recitalist, Olivia has made debuts at the Aldeburgh and Oxford Lieder Festivals. She is a Britten Pears Young Artist, a Samling Artist, a member of the Academy's prestigious Song Circle and a graduate of the Internationale Sommerakademie at the Mozarteum, Salzburg. Olivia has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Kings Place, the Holywell Music Room and the Royal Courts of Justice.
As a regular soloist for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, she has worked with leading harpsichordists and conductors including Laurence Cummings and Masaaki Suzuki - in 2015 performances in collaboration with The Julliard School took her on tour to the Lincoln Center, New York; the Boston Early Music Festival and the Bach Festival, Leipzig.
Prior to her undergraduate studies, she toured extensively with Opera North for two seasons in their productions of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, whilst also singing as chorister at Lincoln Cathedral under the directorship of Aric Prentice.
Olivia is hugely grateful to the Charlotte Fraser Trust, the Norman Ayrton Trust, the Countess of Munster Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust and the David Laing Foundation for their support of her studies.