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.
Last year Olivia covered the role of Mimi in La Bohème and performed the role of Ortlinde in Die Wälkure in The Melbourne Ring Cycle, both for Opera Australia, as well as the roles of Countess and Bridesmaid/Coro in the OA Regional Tour of The Marriage of Figaro. In 2017 she again covers the role of Mimi and sings the roles of Countess and Bridesmaid/Coro on tour for Opera Australia as well as appearing in Victorian Opera’s Murray River International Music Festival in Mildura and as the Princess in The Princess and the Pea for that company.
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 and the Proms Concert Games of Love and Chance, as well as the roles of Rapunzel in Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods, 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). Covered roles include Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Sesto (Julius Caesar) and Popova (The Bear) all for Victorian Opera.
She was a guest soloist in a Gala Concert with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and a tour of Ring.Wagner.Animated with More Than Opera; she has also sung 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; Young Woman in the world premiere of Pecan Summer, Hansel and Mother/Witch/Sand Fairy for Opera Australia’s Schools Tour of Hansel and Gretel and covered the roles of Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly and Countess in The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Australia.
Olivia’s notable achievements include runner-up in the Herald Sun Arias 2017, and at the 2014 Italian Opera Foundation Awards, winner of the 2011 South Eastern Arts Festival Aria and semi-finalist in the IFAC Australian Singing Competition (winner of the Victorian Opera prize).
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.