WelcomeWith 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.
2014Radio '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
2014New 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
2013Film 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!
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“Olivia used her dusky soprano to supply the evenings most touching performance...”
“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..."
“Olivia has a ringing soprano voice, an impressive stage presence and a convincing musicianship...”
"All the singers proved they had polished and well-projected voices, especially Olivia as Donna Anna..."
“As Fiordiligi, Olivia displays a bright soprano, secure in the treacherous ‘Per Pieta’...”
“Olivia brought a lovely voice and total emotional commitment to Donna Anna...”
"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)
RepertoireWith 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.
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
CHILD OF OUR TIMETIPPETT
EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEMBRAHMS
MASS IN GSCHUBERT
PETITE MESSE SOLENELLEROSSINI
SEA SYMPHONYVAUGHAN WILLIAMS
SONGS OF MIRIAMSCHUBERT
SYMPHONY 9TH (Choral)BEETHOVEN
Concert Arias & Scenas
AIR DE LIADEBUSSY
CONCERTO FOR COLORATURA SOPRANOGLIERE
- 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
Song Cycles & Art Songs
4 LAST SONGSSTRAUSS
ON THIS ISLANDBRITTEN
ITALIAN SONGS BY:
FRENCH CHANSONS BY:
GERMAN LIEDER BY:
ENGLISH SONGS BY:
RUSSIAN & SLAVIC SONGS BY:
MUSICAL THEATRE SONGS FROM:
- Blood Brothers
- 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
RecordingsPlease 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
D'amor sull ali rosee
Il Trovatore (Verdi)
Pace, pace mio dio!
La Forza del Destino (Verdi)
La Traviata (Verdi)
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus 90th Anniversary
Child of our Time
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* 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Olivia lives in Bournemouth with her husband, eight year old daughter and her West Highland Terrier dog called Figaro!