Vivien Shotwell

MEZZO-SOPRANO

"GIÀ I SACERDOTI ADUNANSI"
Verdi
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"ICH BIN DER WELT ABHANDEN GEKOMMEN"
Mahler
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"FRICKA AND WOTAN"
Die Walküre
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"SYMPHONY NO. 2"
Mahler
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"LIBER SCRIPTUS—VERDI REQUIEM"
Verdi
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"AMNERIS—JUDGMENT SCENE, WITH CHERY..."
Verdi
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Vivien Shotwell

(she/her) Canadian-American mezzo Vivien Shotwell recently made her L.A. Opera debut in The Magic Flute, for which she was praised as being “a real standout for volume and vibrancy of tone" (Parterre.com). Last January, she joined the Rai Symphony Orchestra for Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony, under the direction of James Conlon. She received an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, and is the author of Vienna Nocturne (Random House).

Olga Forrai Foundation
Grant Recipient, 2019-20
LA Opera
Second Lady, 2019
Bare Opera
Ottone, 2018
Calgary Opera
Emerging Artist, 2009-2010
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Schedule

Symphony No. 3
Mahler

RAI National Symphony Orchestra, 2021


Don Giovanni
Donna Elvira

Wichita Grand Opera , 2020

Die Zauberflöte
Second Lady

Los Angeles Opera, 2019

Symphony No. 2
Mahler

RAI National Symphony Orchestra, 2020

Biography

Mezzo-soprano and novelist Vivien Shotwell recently made her L.A. Opera debut as the Second Lady in The Magic Flute, for which she was praised as being “a real standout for volume and vibrancy of tone” (Parterre.com). Last January, she joined the Rai Symphony Orchestra (Turin, Italy) for Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony, under the direction of James Conlon, of which GB Opera wrote, “The luminous song, Urlicht, which constitutes the 4th movement, flowed easily, full of charm, from the voice of American mezzo-soprano Vivien Shotwell.” In the 2020-2021 season, canceled due to Covid-19, she would have performed Zosia in Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness with the Miami Music Festival, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Wichita Grand Opera, and returned to the Rai Symphony as the soloist in Mahler’s Third Symphony, again under the direction of James Conlon. She recently sang Ottone in Bare Opera’s Poppea, of which Opera News wrote, “Shotwell’s portrayal was gripping, her voice rich in its lowest reaches and projecting just enough gender ambiguity.” In 2018 she sang Fricka in Die Walküre with the Miami Music Festival. Praised for her “extremely attractive and extremely large voice” (Berkshire Review for the Arts), Vivien received a Master’s in Voice from the University of Iowa, and an Artist Diploma in Opera from the Yale School of Music, where she performed Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi under the baton of Speranza Scappucci.
The luminous song, Urlicht, which constitutes the 4th movement, flowed easily, full of charm, from the voice of American mezzo-soprano Vivien Shotwell.
— GB Opera

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