Vocalist - Mezzo-Soprano
Mahler’s SYMPHONY NO. 2 “Resurrection” – Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai (Turin)

"The luminous song, Urlicht, which constitutes the 4th movement, flowed easily, full of charm, from the voice of American mezzo-soprano Vivien Shotwell."

Giorgio Audisio, GB Opera (Italy)
L’Incoronazione di Poppea – Bare Opera

"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."

Judith Malafronte, Opera News
Yale Opera Presents A Crystalline 'Rape of Lucretia'

“The dramatic centerpiece of the work was the interaction of mezzo-soprano Vivien Shotwell as Lucretia and baritone Cameron McPhail as Tarquinius.... 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.”

Jeffrey Johnson, Hartford Courant
Beatrice et Benedict

“The performance I heard included Robert Clark as Benedict and Vivien Shotwell as Beatrice, both of whom were vocally excellent in their roles…”

Kenneth DeLong, Opera Canada
Purcell's Dido and Aeneas by the New Opera at Williamstown and the New York Collective of the Performing Arts in Boston

“Vivien Shotwell is indeed a promising singer at the very beginning of her professional career, and I was delighted to hear her, especially her reedy, dark chest tones. 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.”

Michael Miller, Berkshire Review for the Arts
Giulio Cesare In Egitto - Halifax Summer Opera Workshop

“…Vivien Shotwell was energetic and manly as Cesare, and convincingly fell in love with the irresistible Cleopatra.”

Daphna Levit, Opera Canada
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