“Rising Star” Vivien Conacher’s stage roles include Rivka Fiddler on the Roof alongside Bryn Terfel (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), and Wild Goose and Moppet (cover) Paul Bunyan (British Youth Opera). She has also performed in Opera Australia‘s award-winning chorus, in both the 2015 and 2016 summer seasons. Her next engagement is playing the role of Fidalma in a UK summer tour of Il Matrimonio Segreto for Pop-Up Opera.
On the concert platform, Vivien has appeared as a soloist for the Iford Arts Festival, St-Martin-in-the-Fields lunchtime recital series, Pacific Opera, and the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation in Sydney. Vivien’s stage show Moonstricken, a semi-staged performance of art songs and poetry readings recently premiered at the 2016 Bloomsbury Festival. She has also founded a new dementia-friendly concert series called Songhaven, supported by Camden Carers Centre, Age UK Camden, and the St Andrew Holborn Charity.
Currently based in London, Vivien 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). She is a current Concordia Foundation Artist and is an alumna of the Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse with Roger Vignoles and the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
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 as a soprano, 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. Vivien also performed a variety of musical theatre roles throughout school and university, including Maria (West Side Story), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Euridice (Venetian Twins), and Miss Bell (Loves Lessons Learned – World Premiere). 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. She transitioned to singing mezzo soprano repertoire in 2010 when she moved to London.
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.