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Olivia Ray studied at the Royal Northern, the English National Opera’s The Knack, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, receiving a fellowship to Aspen, Colorado, to study with Susanne Mentzer.
In the current season engagements include Emelia in Otello, directed by David Alden at Grange Park Opera, a recital with Elizabeth Mucha at the London Song Festival and Bach B Minor Mass with the London Chorus.
Highlights in recent seasons include Lady Spencer in Georgiana at the Buxton International Festival; Anna Polikovskaya in the world premiere of The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko; Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette, Flora La traviata, Enrichetta di Francia I puritani, and Soeur Mathilde Dialogues des carmélites for Grange Park Opera; Elgar The Apostles at Gloucester Cathedral; and Rossini Petite messe solennelle at the Three Choirs Festival.
Operatic roles include Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor, Curra La forza del destino, Mrs Fox Fantastic Mr Fox and Suzy / Lolette La rondine (all for Opera Holland Park); Juno Orpheus in the Underworld and Olga Eugene Onegin (Scottish Opera); Mrs Noye Noyes Fludde (London Philharmonic Orchestra); Rosina The Barber of Seville (Stanley Hall Opera); the title role in Offenbach’s La Périchole (Opera South); Angelina La Cenerentola (English Pocket Opera, Minotaur Productions, London Opera Productions); Maddalena in Rigoletto (Live Action Opera); Irene Theodora and Pulcheria Riccardo Primo (Opéra de Baugé); Mother The Tales of Hoffmann and Esmeralda The Bartered Bride (Mid Wales Opera); the title role in Carmen (Pavilion Opera, Opera Brava, Mananan Arts Festival); Annina La traviata (Pavilion Opera); Smeraldina in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges (English Pocket Opera); Dido Dido and Aeneas (Minotaur Productions, Cannon Scholars); Mrs Kneebone Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement (Opera East); and Nadine, John Lunn’s workshop production of Tangier Tattoo (Glyndebourne).
Oratorio and concert appearances include Bach St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion; Berlioz Les nuits d’ete; Britten Spring Symphony; Duruflé Requiem; Elgar Sea Pictures, The Music Makers; Handel Messiah, Theodora, Dixit Dominus; Haydn Nelson Mass, Harmoniemesse; Mozart Mass in C Minor, Coronation Mass, Requiem, Vesperes Solomnes; Scarclatti Miserere; and Vivaldi Gloria. In recent seasons she performed her first Mahler Symphonies – Symphony No. 8 at the Royal Festival Hall and Symphony No.2 in Yorkshire.
Prizes include Fellowship, Aspen Music Festival and School, Colorado; Lillian Baylis Bursary, The Knack, ENO; Clare Croiza Prize for French Song, RNCM and John Cameron Special Lieder Prize, RNCM.
Anna Politkovskaya / The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko / Grange Park Opera / 2021
“Olivia Ray sang strongly as crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya.”
(Financial Times / Richard Fairman)
“Olivia Ray’s rich and defiant voice as journalist Anna Politkovskaya.”
(Operawire / Benjamin Poore)
Lady Spencer / Georgiana / Buxton international Festival / 2019
“Olivia Ray adds a touch of class as Georgiana’s Mother.”
“Olivia Ray makes a very effective contribution as Lady Spencer (Georgiana’s mother)”
(Manchester Classical Music)
Gertrude / Roméo et Juliette / Grange Park Opera / 2018
“Olivia Ray’s finely sung Gertrude, cast as a confidante-chaperone rather than a nurse, worked very well.”
“Olivia Ray is a force as Gertrude…”
(British Theatre Guide)