Sydney-born Vivien Conacher trained on ENO OperaWorks and holds a Masters of Vocal Performance with Distinction from the Royal College of Music.
A versatile stage performer, Vivien’s recent 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), and 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.
Vivien is an alumna of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, British Youth Opera, and the Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse with Roger Vignoles. She is a Concordia Foundation Artist, a Tait Memorial Trust Awardee, and was selected as a finalist in the British Song Prize at the 2016 London Song Festival.
An avid performer of art song and concert repertoire, Vivien has recently appeared as a soloist for Iford Arts Festival, Battle Choral Society, and also at the Bloomsbury Festival, where her original stage show Moonstricken (combining staged art song performance with poetry readings and light/sound design) premiered in 2016. In her hometown of Sydney, she has performed in concerts for Pacific Opera and the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation and has also appeared as a soloist in prestigious UK concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Leighton House, the Foundling Museum, St James Piccadilly and St Paul’s Covent Garden.
Currently based in London, Vivien’s 2017 engagements include a Wagner concert with Stuart Skelton for the Tait Memorial Trust, a concert of French chamber music at the National Portrait Gallery, the role of Giovanna in Rigoletto for Wexford Festival Opera, appearances in gala concerts for Devon Opera, and the continuation of her dementia-friendly concert series in central London called Songhaven.
“the acting honours among the women went to Vivien Conacher’s dippy Aunt Fidalma… a real comic grotesque… as well as vocal panache” – LIVE THEATRE UK
“Vivien Conacher’s titilatingly sassy aunt [was] particularly delightful” – PLANET HUGILL
“Blending seamlessly into the no-holds-barred spirit… a slinky Vivien Conacher (Fidalma)” – THE STAGE
“Vivien Conacher was fabulously suggestive as the well-informed aunty, coaching her nieces with a battered copy of The Joys of Sex” – CLASSICAL SOURCE
“…Fidalma (the hysterical Vivien Conacher) and her instruction-manual inspired lustful lurches…” – JONATHAN BAZ REVIEWS
“…Expectations were high for what turned out to be a truly engaging evening of superb Wagner singing… The concert opened with a bevy of eight Valkyries appearing from all over the church. Their German diction was as impeccable as the singing and the sound beautifully pitched to fill the space…” – LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE
“The evening’s four soloists, youthful but simply brimming with ability, were a joy… each had their moments, and they blended immaculately in the quartets” – RYE & BATTLE OBSERVER
“Rising Star” – LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE
“absolute charm and sweet sound” – BACH TRACK
“Conacher is one to watch in the future… a near-flawless performance”– TRESSPASS MAGAZINE
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.