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.” She recently sang as soloist in Messiah with Symphony Nova Scotia.

Other roles include Béatrice and Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Public Opinion in Orpheus in the Underworld, A Woman in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and the title role of Giulio Cesare, which she has sung on four occasions, on stage and in concert, most recently with the Arcadia Ensemble in Toronto and The New Opera in Williamstown, Massachusettes. Her concert repertoire includes Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Rückert-Lieder, Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and Copland’s In the Beginning.

She has performed as a soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Singers of Iowa City, and Orchestra New England. She has received grants from Early Music America, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, and the Canada Council for the Arts, and was the recipient of the 2013 Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize and the 2012 David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize from the Yale School of Music. She was twice a Regional Finalist (Upper Midwest and New England) in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and recently completed an Artist Diploma in voice at the Yale School of Music. She was a 2009-2010 member of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Programme. Vivien is also a novelist, and her debut novel, Vienna Nocturne, about an English soprano who loved Mozart, was released in February 2014 by Ballantine Books and Doubleday Canada, and translated into ten languages.


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