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Vivien Conacher

Mezzo Soprano

Vivien Conacher grew up in Sydney, Australia where she trained in dance and singing from an early age. She caught the performing bug after starring in high-school productions of West Side Story and The Mikado as a teenager. All attempts to be cured (including four years in a proper office job) have thus far been unsuccessful. In 2010, Vivien moved to London to join the Masters programme at the Royal College of Music. After graduating with Distinction she trained further with ENO OperaWorks, and took part in the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and the Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse with Roger Vignoles. Named as a "rising star" by Australia’s Limelight Magazine, Vivien’s stage roles have included Rivka (Fiddler on the Roof - Grange Park Opera and BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall), Sorceress (Dido and Aenaes - Bowes Museum), Penelope (cover) (Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria - Iford Arts Festival), Filippyevna (Eugene Onegin - Bloomsbury Opera, and cover for Grange Park Opera), Hortense (Koanga by Delius - Wexford Festival Opera, Ireland), and Wild Goose & cover Moppet (Paul Bunyan by Britten - British Youth Opera). She has also performed with Opera Australia’s award-winning chorus in 2015 and 2016, at the Sydney Opera House.Vivien is a current Concordia Foundation Artist, a Tait Memorial Trust Awardee, and was a finalist in London Song Festival’s 2016 British Song Prize. Her original stage show Moonstricken, combining art song with poetry readings and light/sound design, premiered at the 2016 Bloomsbury Festival. Other concert appearances include 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, and Handel’s Anthem for the Foundling Hospital and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne at the Foundling Museum. Back in her hometown of Sydney, she has performed in concerts for the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation, Opera & Arts Support Group, and Pacific Opera. Vivien also runs a dementia-friendly concert series in central London called Songhaven, delivering professional concerts of uplifting repertoire, in a relaxed and welcoming setting. vivienconacher.com songhaven.co.uk