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Olivia Ray

Mezzo Soprano

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. She currently studies with Robert Dean.

Delayed due to COVID-19, Olivia returns to Grange Park Opera as Anna Polikovskaya in the world premiere of The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko in summer 2021.

Highlights in recent seasons include Lady Spencer in Georgiana at the Buxton International Festival; 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.

Steven Swales Artist Management represents Olivia Ray worldwide


Lady Spencer / Georgiana / Buxton international Festival / 2019
“Olivia Ray adds a touch of class as Georgiana’s Mother.”
(The Telegraph)

“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)

Flora / La traviata / Grange Park Opera / 2014
“Olivia Ray is elegant and vivacious as Flora, singing with lovely tone and acting with smart precision.”

“Olivia Ray’s confident Flora made a very strong impression”



10 Dec 2021

10 Dec 2021

A Selfless Obsession
Pianist: Elizabeth Mucha

31 Mar 2022

31 Mar 2022

Bach: B Minor Mass
Conductor: Ronald Corp

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