Lauded for her “theatrical magnetism ”and “ striking expressiveness ,” American mezzo-soprano, Olivia Vote is a “voice to pay attention to...”
Recently Ms. Vote completed a two year engagement in Switzerland with the Internationales Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zürich. Highlights of her performances in Zürich included singing Fidalma in Il matrimonio segreto, 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 the Zürich Shauspielhaus about the life of Richard Wagner. In addition she performed roles in La Traviata, Meistersinger, Salome, and Rigoletto and covered roles in Madame Butterfly, Alcina, La Straniera, and Falstaff. She also had the pleasure of working with such artists and directors as: Brigitte Fassbänder, Francesco Araiza, Michelle Breedt, Ann Murray, Fabio Luisi, Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Minasi, Keri- Lynn Wilson, Christoph Loy and Andreas Homoki in masterclasses and in performance.
Ms. Vote returned to Opernhaus Zürich in 2015 to sing Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos with Fabio Luisi and Flora in a new production of La Traviata under Maestro Armiliato. She then joined Santa Fe Opera as an apprentice artist and covered the role of Ruby in the world premiere of Cold Mountain. She will also cover the same role in Philadelphia for the East coast premiere. Currently she is working with Santa Fe Opera to workshop the upcoming premiere of The (r)evolution of Steven Jobs, by Martin Bates in San Francisco. She is singing the role of his wife, Laurene Powell.
Prior to beginning her time in Zürich, Ms. Vote participated as a Filene Young Artist with the Wolf Trap Opera Company. There she gained critical acclaim for her portrayal of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni directed by Tomer Zvulum. She also covered the same role for the Los Angeles Philharmonic earlier that spring.
From 2008 till 2012, Olivia was a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia (AVA) where she was fortunate to perform challenging mezzo-soprano repertoire including: Cuniza in Verdi’s Oberto, Adalgisa in Norma, Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena, Clarion in Cappricio, and Meg Pag in Falstaff.
Other engagements have 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 Bluebeard's 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 review was taken from a recital performed with celebrated pianist Steven Blier in collaboration with Wolf Trap Opera. Ms. Vote has appeared as soloist in such works as Verdi’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Das Lied von der Erde, and Ravel’s Sheherazade. Recently she sang Schubert's Mass in E flat with Ivor Bolton and the Rai National Symphony Orchestra in Torino. This fall she will be interpreting Respighi's Il Tramonto and Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch with the world renown Wolf Quartet in Massachusetts and NewYork. In the spring she will perform in recital with pianist Brain Ganz in Annapolis and DC.
An eager and passionate fan of modern music. Olivia has premiered a number of new roles and works. With the 21st Century Consort at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., she peformed Colors passing though us, a chamber work written specifically for her by composer and friend David Froom. While at Opernhaus Zurich she created the role of Mary Hawkins in Frank Schwemmer's Die Schatzinsel and at AVA she sang the world premiere of Margaret Garwood’s The Scarlet Letter as Hester Prynne.
In competition most recently Ms. Vote was a grand finalist in the Francesco Vinas Competition in Barcelona this past winter. She 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, has been a New England and Mid Atlantic regional finalist and study grant recipient in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, and most recently was awarded a Sullivan Foundation Development Grant. 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.