Born in Nottinghamshire, Vivien studied singing with the late Pamela Cook MBE and at the Birmingham Conservatoire under Australian soprano, Margaret Field. Generous bursaries from the Sybil Tutton Trust and the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association enabled Vivien to further her studies as a Britten-Pears Young Artist, working alongside musicians such as Michael Chance, Diane Forlano, Audrey Hyland, Jonathan Papp and Ruth Drucker.
Praised by critics and adjudicators alike for her “remarkably warm and even” alto timbres (Christopher Morley, The Birmingham Post), Vivien has won numerous prizes, including the Symphony Hall Recital Prize, the Mario Lanza Opera Prize and the Birmingham Conservatoire Voice Prize.
Vivien performed the title role in the Hungarian première of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in Budapest and Szeged for Opera Europe and in further performances of that production at the Latvian National Opera House, Riga and the Hermitage Theatre, St Petersburg. Other roles include Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw for the Aldeburgh Festival and Opera Project; Marcellina and Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Annina La Traviata, Gianetta L’elisir d’amore, and Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor for Pavilion Opera; Ottavia L’incoronazione di Poppea, Florence Pike Albert Herring, Juno Semele, Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress, Mistress Quickly Falstaff , Hansel Hansel and Gretel and Carmen for Birmingham Conservatoire; Olga Eugene Onegin and Fenena Nabucco in Nottingham; and Pitti Sing The Mikado, Kate The Pirates of Penzance and Lady Saphir Patience for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.
Vivien has performed in concert halls throughout Europe, North America, Japan and Australia. For her Symphony Hall debut, Vivien sang Mahler’s Lieder – eines Fahrenden Gesellen. Other concert highlights include Elgar’s Sea Pictures for Leominster Festival, Bach’s St Matthew Passion at Llandaff Cathedral, Handel and Scarlatti cantatas for the National Portrait Gallery, and Bach’s Cantata 170 at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. In 2013, Vivien gave a solo recital in Buckingham Palace’s Rose Garden, as part of the Queen’s Coronation Festival celebrations, Plans for 2018 include Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder.
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