Olivia Cranwell is a graduate of the Master of Music (Opera Performance) program, run by Victorian Opera in partnership with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. Prior to that, she completed her Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2009, and her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2010, winning the Friends of the VCA Grace Durling Award in her second year of study. Olivia attended the inaugural Lisa Gasteen Opera Summer School in 2011.
Olivia made her operatic debut with Victorian Opera playing the role of Gossip in Angelique, and since then she has performed as soloist in the Gala Concerts in 2012 and 2013, the roles of Watkin Wombat/Rooster (The Magic Pudding), Celeste 1 & Waitress (Sunday in the Park with George), Puss (Puss in Boots), Queen Clementine (Sleeping Beauty), Clorinda (Cenerentola), soloist (Assembly), Robber Girl (Snow Queen) and God (Noye’s Fludde), and covered roles including Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Sesto (Julius Caesar) and Popova (The Bear) all for Victorian Opera.
She has also performed as guest soloist in Victorian Opera’s Proms Concert Games of Love and Chance, Rapunzel in Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods also for Victorian Opera; a tour of Ring.Wagner.Animated with More Than Opera; the title role in Carmen for In Good Company; Papagena in The Magic Flute with VCA Symphony orchestra; The Plaintiff/Angelina in Trial by Jury and Hebe in HMS Pinafore for Savoy Opera Company; and Young Woman in the world premiere of Pecan Summer.
In 2015 Olivia’s engagements will include the roles of Hansel and Mother/Witch/Sand Fairy for Opera Australia’s Schools Tour of Hansel and Gretel, and she will also cover the roles of Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly and Countess in The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Australia.
Olivia’s notable achievements include winner of the 2011 South Eastern Arts Festival Aria, finalist in the Herald Sun Aria, semi-finalist in the IFAC Australian Singing Competition (winner of the Victorian Opera prize) and winner of the audience choice award at the 2014 Italian Opera Foundation Awards.
Olivia is also a graduate of NIDA’s Young Actor’s Studio where she appeared as Clytemnestra in The Greek Tragedies at Chapel off Chapel.