Chicago-born soprano Olivia Boen is equally at home in traditional and contemporary repertoire. As a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians Grant and the Marianne Falk Award, she is currently pursuing her Master of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. A frequent recitalist and advocate for the intimacy of song, she was a 2018 Vocal Fellow at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. In 2016, Olivia was the youngest Gerdine Young Artist of the season at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. During her undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory, she appeared in leading roles for Alcina and Serse (Händel), Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), and Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Poulenc). Olivia performed the North American premiere of Jesse Jones’ One Bright Morning with the Contemporary Music Ensemble on Oberlin’s 150th Anniversary Tour in 2016, a recording of which is due to be released on the Oberlin Music record label in 2018. She has participated in masterclasses with such renowned artists as Renée Fleming, Eric Owens, Helmut Deutsch, and Marilyn Horne. Olivia was awarded the 2018 First Place Lynne Cooper Harvey Prize at the Musicians Club of Women in Chicago and the 2017 overall winner for the Arden J. Yockey Scholarship for Performance at the Tuesday Musical Competition.
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