“Rising star” Vivien Conacher trained on the Opera Works scheme at English National Opera and at the Royal College of Music, where she completed a Masters in Vocal Performance with Distinction.
Vivien’s stage roles include Fidalma Il Matrimonio Segreto (UK Tour for Pop-Up Opera), Rivka Fiddler on the Roof (Grange Park Opera and BBC Proms), Sorceress Dido and Aenaes (Bowes Muesum), Filippyevna Eugene Onegin (Bloomsbury Opera, and cover for Grange Park Opera), Hortense Koanga by Delius (Wexford Festival Opera), Penelope (cover) Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria (Iford Arts Festival). She has also performed in Opera Australia‘s award-winning chorus, in both the 2015 and 2016 summer seasons.
On the concert platform, Vivien has been invited to appear as a soloist for Iford Arts Festival, Battle Choral Society, St-Martin-in-the-Fields lunchtime recital series, Pacific Opera, and the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation in Sydney. Last year, Vivien was selected as a finalist in London Song Festival’s British Song Prize, and her original stage show Moonstricken, combining art song with poetry readings and light/sound design, was premiered at the Bloomsbury Festival.
Prior to her studies in the UK, Vivien grew up in Sydney, Australia where she trained in dance and singing from an early age. She attended a performing arts high school and won awards in singing competitions such as the Sydney Eisteddfod, where at 17 years of age she was a finalist in the Joan Sutherland Society Vocal Scholarship. In addition to her postgraduate vocal studies, Vivien holds a Bachelor of Arts (English) degree (with Distinction) and Bachelor of Music degree (also with Distinction) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Currently based in London, Vivien is an alumna of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, British Youth Opera, and the Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse with Roger Vignoles. Vivien is a current Concordia Foundation Artist and a Tait Memorial Trust Awardee. Her upcoming engagements include a gala concert for Devon Opera, the role of Giovanna in Rigoletto for Wexford Festival Opera, and the continuation of her dementia-friendly concert series in central London called Songhaven .
Vivien is grateful for the support of the Concordia Foundation, Tait Memorial Trust, Tillet Trust, Kathleen Trust, PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation, and Opera & Arts Support Group, Sydney.