British Mezzo Soprano, Olivia Warburton studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music with Kate Paterson, Yvonne Howard and Andrew Smith. She previously received both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees with honours and distinction under Elizabeth Ritchie and Audrey Hyland. During her studies she was awarded the Andrew S Sykes Prize for outstanding achievement; the Lesley Garrett Opera Prize; the Most Promising Singer Award (Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition); 2nd Prize in the Major van Someren-Godfrey English Song Competition and 3rd Prize in the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Competition.
Olivia has benefited hugely from the opportunity to work with an array of international artists including Angelika Kirschlager, Anne Sofie von Otter, Christoph Prégardien, Wolfgang Holzmair, Florian Boesch, Imogen Cooper and Roger Vignoles. Having developed a love of the German language and repertoire in particular, Olivia spent part of her Masters degree as an Erasmus student at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln under Prof. Brigitte Lindner and the Mozarteum Internationale Sommerakademie under Prof. Rudolf Piernay.
A keen recitalist, Olivia has made debuts at the Aldeburgh and Oxford Lieder Festivals. She is a Britten Pears Young Artist, Samling Artist and member of the Academy's prestigious Song Circle. 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 soloist and regular chorus member for the Bach/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.
Operatic highlights include the title role in Dido and Aeneas under Michael Chance, Valetto in 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 Royal Academy Opera Scenes. This season she looks forward to performing the role of Stewardess in Flight for Royal Academy Opera.
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 grateful to the Countess of Munster Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust, the David Laing Foundation and Charlotte Fraser for their support of her studies.