Vivien Conacher grew up in Sydney, Australia where she trained in dance and singing from an early age. After graduating with Distinction from the Masters Programme at London’s Royal College of Music she went on to complete the ENO OperaWorks training scheme, as well as participating in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, British Youth Opera, and the Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse with Roger Vignoles. Vivien was granted an Exceptional Talent Visa to continue living and working in the UK.
Named a “rising star” by Australia’s Limelight Magazine, Vivien Conacher has received critical acclaim for her vibrant stage performances. Most recently she toured the UK for Pop-Up Opera playing the role of Fidalma in Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, with reviewers praising her “titilatingly sassy” and “hysterical” performances as well as her “vocal panache”. Other recent stage roles have included Giovanna Rigoletto and Detenuta Risurrezione (Wexford Festival Opera), Rivka Fiddler on the Roof (Grange Park Opera and BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall), Sorceress Dido and Aeneas (Bowes Museum), Penelope Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria (cover Iford Arts Festival), Filippyevna Eugene Onegin (Bloomsbury Opera / cover Grange Park Opera), and Hortense Koanga by Delius (Wexford Festival Opera).
Vivien is also a prolific concert soloist, with performances for Battle Choral Society, St James Piccadilly, Leighton House Museum, St Paul’s Covent Garden, Devon Opera, Budleigh Music Festival, Pacific Opera, and the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation in Sydney. Her original stage show Moonstricken, combining staged art songs with poetry readings and light/sound design, premiered at the 2016 Bloomsbury Festival. Other appearances on the concert platform have included a solo recital at St-Martin-in-the-Fields themed around ‘Women on the Edge’, a concert of Handel arias for Iford Arts Festival with Christian Curnyn and musicians from the Early Opera Company, a soiree of French chamber music at the National Portrait Gallery, Handel’s Anthem for the Foundling Hospital and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (alto soloist) at the Foundling Museum directed by Richard Hetherington (ROH), and singing Schwertleite Die Walküre in a Wagner Concert with Stuart Skelton at St Paul’s Knightsbridge in celebration of the Tait Memorial Trust’s 25th Anniversary.
Vivien is a Concordia Foundation Artist, a Tait Memorial Trust Awardee, and was a finalist in the British Song Prize at the 2016 London Song Festival. She also runs a dementia-friendly concert series in central London called Songhaven, delivering professional concerts in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
“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.