Vocalist - Mezzo-Soprano

Canadian-American mezzo-soprano Vivien Shotwell recently performed the role of Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Yale Opera. Of her performance in The Rape of Lucretia with Yale Opera, Jeffrey Johnson of the Hartford Courant wrote, “Shotwell was filled with intensities and even sang her succession of low B-naturals in the second act like the ringing of a haunted bell.” Michael Miller of the Berkshire Review for the Arts called her voice “extremely attractive and extremely large,” and wrote of her concert performance of Dido and Aeneas: “Her vocal production, phrasing, and musicianship were impressive throughout, but she rose to a very high level in her final scenes, especially in Dido’s great ‘Lament,’ which could not have been more moving and musicianly.” In 2014-15 she sang as soloist in Messiah with Symphony Nova Scotia.

Posted: May-19-2015
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Mezzo-Soprano Vivien Shotwell will perform Edward Elgar's The Music Makers alongside the Georgetown Chorale as part of their exploration of lesser-known choral pieces by English composers. The performance will take place on Saturday, April 28, at 4pm - Church of the Epiphany, Washington DC. 

Posted: Apr-20-2018
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"Other cross-gendered roles were excellently handled, particularly Vivien Shotwell as Ottone. A nobleman dressed as a homeless person, Shotwell accepted, even reveled in, the character’s debasement, as he cannot let go of Poppea. Without glamorous vocal writing to define him, the role often comes off as a tedious bore, but Shotwell’s portrayal was gripping, her voice rich in its lowest reaches and projecting just enough gender ambiguity."

— Opera News
Posted: Nov-18-2018