Olivia Spahn-Vieira

Originally from Toronto, Spahn-Vieira is a soprano who is the very first in her family to make it onstage, performing and singing! This year, she is joining HSOF as Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann. Find out more about The Tales of Hoffmann here:

Les contes d’Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann) (1881)


The 2019 festival

This year, HSOF welcomes over 50 performers from around the world, including many from Nova Scotia and the Maritimes, all of whom underwent competitive auditions. We are excited to introduce Olivia Spahn-Vieira as a performer this summer!

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Q:  When did you start studying voice? Where are you studying now?

A:  I started my classical training with Dr. Insook Chung, at age 11, through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Today, I study under Peter Barnes, through the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. I will be starting my third year of my undergraduate degree in vocal performance in September.

Q:  What is the best part about starting a new opera?

A:  I am so excited to dive into this, my first opera, and discover what my process looks like for me. I have had a lot of experience with approaching music in a classroom setting, and am grateful for every opportunity to come at it more organically, in a performance setting.

Q:  Who is your biggest inspiration in the opera world?

A:  “I had the chance to meet Angel Blue this year, while she was in Toronto for La Boheme. She sat down with a group of singers from U of T, and talked to us about resilience. It was striking to me, that such a successful and talented singer was so humble, and so transparent about some of her failures. I respect her so much. (Also, have you heard her sing Mimi?! Magic.)”

Q:  Who is your biggest inspiration in the non-opera world?

A:  “Barbra Streisand. She’s Barbra Streisand!”

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