Vocalist - Mezzo-Soprano

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." Among her 2019-20 engagements is her debut with Los Angeles Opera as the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI in Torino, under the baton of James Conlon.

Ms. Shotwell’s engagements in the 2018-19 season included Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Bare Opera. Her recent performances include Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Yale Opera, and Messiah with Symphony Nova Scotia. Other opera 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, Massachusetts.

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. Ms. Shotwell has performed as a soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Singers of Iowa City, and Orchestra New England.

Ms. Shotwell has received grants from Early Music America, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is a past recipient of the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize and the 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 is also an alumna of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Programme.

Ms. Shotwell is also a novelist. 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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