British Mezzo Soprano, Olivia Warburton studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music with Kate Paterson, Yvonne Howard and Andrew Smith. After graduating with first class honours and distinction from both the BMus and MA programmes with Elizabeth Ritchie, Olivia spent time as Erasmus student at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln, where she studied with Prof. Brigitte Lindner. During her studies she won numerous awards including the Lesley Garrett Opera Prize and the Alice Gamble and Andrew S Sykes Awards for outstanding achievement.
Her recent operatic roles include the title role in Dido and Aeneas under Michael Chance for The Grange Festival, Valetto L'incoronazione di Poppea for Royal Academy Opera and the roles of Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia and Annio La clemenza di Tito for RAO scenes. This season she looks forward to performing the title role in Handel's Teseo for the London Handel Festival and Stewardess in Dove's Flight for RAO.
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, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Kings Place, the Holywell Music Room and the Royal Courts of Justice. This season she looks forward to performing in a concert of Venetian songs curated by Richard Stokes at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
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 Countess of Munster Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust and the David Laing Foundation for their support of her studies.