Olivia Ray studied at the Royal Northern, the English National Opera’s The Knack, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, receiving a fellowship to Aspen, Colorado, to study with Susanne Mentzer. She currently studies with Robert Dean.
In the current season Olivia returns to Grange Park Opera as Anna Polikovskaya in the world premiere of The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko and performs with Harpenden Choral Society and at the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival.
Highlights in recent seasons include Lady Spencer in Georgiana at the Buxton International Festival; Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette, Flora La traviata, Enrichetta di Francia I puritani, and Soeur Mathilde Dialogues des carmélites for Grange Park Opera; Elgar The Apostles at Gloucester Cathedral; and Rossini Petite messe solennelle at the Three Choirs Festival.
Operatic roles include Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor, Curra La forza del destino, Mrs Fox Fantastic Mr Fox and Suzy / Lolette La rondine (all for Opera Holland Park); Juno Orpheus in the Underworld and Olga Eugene Onegin (Scottish Opera); Mrs Noye Noyes Fludde (London Philharmonic Orchestra); Rosina The Barber of Seville (Stanley Hall Opera); the title role in Offenbach’s La Périchole (Opera South); Angelina La Cenerentola (English Pocket Opera, Minotaur Productions, London Opera Productions); Maddalena in Rigoletto (Live Action Opera); Irene Theodora and Pulcheria Riccardo Primo (Opéra de Baugé); Mother The Tales of Hoffmann and Esmeralda The Bartered Bride (Mid Wales Opera); the title role in Carmen (Pavilion Opera, Opera Brava, Mananan Arts Festival); Annina La traviata (Pavilion Opera); Smeraldina in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges (English Pocket Opera); Dido Dido and Aeneas (Minotaur Productions, Cannon Scholars); Mrs Kneebone Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement (Opera East); and Nadine, John Lunn’s workshop production of Tangier Tattoo (Glyndebourne).
Oratorio and concert appearances include Bach St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion; Berlioz Les nuits d’ete; Britten Spring Symphony; Duruflé Requiem; Elgar Sea Pictures, The Music Makers; Handel Messiah, Theodora, Dixit Dominus; Haydn Nelson Mass, Harmoniemesse; Mozart Mass in C Minor, Coronation Mass, Requiem, Vesperes Solomnes; Scarclatti Miserere;and Vivaldi Gloria. In recent seasons she performed her first Mahler Symphonies - Symphony No. 8 at the Royal Festival Hall and Symphony No.2 in Yorkshire.
Prizes include Fellowship, Aspen Music Festival and School, Colorado; Lillian Baylis Bursary, The Knack, ENO; Clare Croiza Prize for French Song, RNCM and John Cameron Special Lieder Prize, RNCM.
Lady Spencer / Georgiana / Buxton international Festival / 2019
“Olivia Ray adds a touch of class as Georgiana's Mother."
"Olivia Ray makes a very effective contribution as Lady Spencer (Georgiana’s mother)"
(Manchester Classical Music)
Gertrude / Roméo et Juliette / Grange Park Opera / 2018
“Olivia Ray’s finely sung Gertrude, cast as a confidante-chaperone rather than a nurse, worked very well.”
“Olivia Ray is a force as Gertrude…”
(British Theatre Guide)
Flora / La traviata / Grange Park Opera / 2014
“Olivia Ray is elegant and vivacious as Flora, singing with lovely tone and acting with smart precision."
"Olivia Ray’s confident Flora made a very strong impression"