Olivia Vote

Olivia Vote

Lyric Mezzo-Soprano

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Lauded for her &ldquotheatrical magnetism ”, and “ striking expressiveness and sensitivity to her character”, American mezzo-soprano, Olivia Vote is a “voice to pay attention to...” Most recently Ms. Vote has been participating as a member of the Internationales Opernstudio at Zurich Opera. Highlights of her performances in Zurich include singing Mary Hawkins in the world premier of Frank Schwemmer's Die Schatzinsel, Philomene in Martinů's Zweimal Alexandre, Mago in Handel's Rinaldo, and as a soloist in Hans Neuenfels's new production Wie ich Welt wurde, a co-production with Opernhaus Zurich and the Zurich Shauspielhaus about the life of Richard Wagner. In addition she can be seen in roles in La Traviata, Meistersinger, Salome, and Peter Grimes. She also had the pleasure to work with such artists and directors as: Brigitte Fassbänder, Francesco Araiza, Luana de Vol, Michelle Breedt, Fabio Luisi, Ivor Bolton, Thomas Rösner, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Christoph Loy and Andreas Homoki in Masterclasses and in performance. Just before coming to Zurich, Ms. Vote participated as Filiene Young Artist with the Wolf Trap Opera Company. There she gained critical acclaimed for her portrayal of Donna Elvira in the Wolf Trap Opera Company’s 2012 production of Don Giovanni directed by Tomer Zvulum. She also covered the same role for the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel. In 2012, she finished her residency at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia (AVA) where she had to opportunity to perform many important and challenging lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire including: Cuniza in Verdi’s Oberto, Adalgisa in Norma, Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena,Clarion in Cappricio, and Hester Prynne in the world premiere of Margaret Garwood’s The Scarlet Letter. Other engagements include appearing in Romeo and Juliette with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with both the Annapolis and Piedmont Opera Companies, the title roles in Dido and Aeneas and La Tragedie de Carmen in Italy at the Alba Music festival, and as a fellowship student at Yale University she sang Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and Judith in Bluebeards Castle. A frequent concert artist, Ms. Vote was hailed by the Washington Post for “her big, rich voice that explored the nuances of the poetry” This recital was in collaboration with renowned pianist Steven Blier. She also premiered, Colors passing though us, a chamber work by composer David Froom, with the 21st Century Consort at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Ms. Vote has appeared as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, with the Romanian State Orchestra at the Alba Music Festival in Italy and in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Ravel’s Sheherazade at the Maryland River Concert Series. Her next engagement will be Schubert's Mass in E flat with Ivor Bolton and the Rai National Symphony Orchestra in Torino. In competition Ms. Vote has won second place in the Loren L. Zachary Society, Alfredo Silipigni International Vocal Competition, and Gerda Lisner Foundation International Competition. She is a grant winner from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and has been a New England and Mid Atlantic regional finalist and study grant recipient in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Other accolades include winning the Opera Idol competition at the Academy of Vocal Arts and the Phyllis Curtin Career Award upon graduating with a M.M. from Yale University. 
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