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 debuts with Los Angeles Opera as the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Die Zauberflöte opens on November 16, with additional performances on November 21 and 23(m) and December 1(m), 12, and 15(m).

Posted: Nov-16-2019
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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