Vocalist - Mezzo-Soprano
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Of mezzo-soprano Vivien Shotwell’s performance in The Rape of Lucretia with Yale Opera, the critic of the Hartford Courant wrote that she “…was filled with intensities and even sang her succession of low B-naturals in the second act like the ringing of a haunted bell.” Her Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Bare Opera was celebrated by Opera News: “Other cross-gendered roles were excellently handled, particularly Vivien Shotwell as Ottone. … Shotwell’s portrayal was gripping, her voice rich in its lowest reaches and projecting just enough gender ambiguity."

Posted: Aug-7-2019
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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