This summer mezzo-soprano Olivia Ottinger will be singing the role of Geneviève in Pelléas et Melisande, as well as Giunone in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (covering Ericlea) both with Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. Most recently she was seen with Teatro Grattacielo covering Un’Altra Fante in their site-specific production of Giuliettta e Romeo as well as with Garden State Opera in the world premiere of The Silk City as Giovanna Ambrogio. This fall she performed the role of The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos with Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble as part of their Fall Garden Concert Series. In 2020, she was a member of New York Dramatic Voices Winter Institute where she performed the role of Schwertleite in Die Walküre and scenes from Falstaff as Meg Page. Her past roles include Mother Marie from Dialogues of the Carmelites, Olga and Filippyevna from Eugene Onegin, Le Prince Charmant from Cendrillon, Purcell’s Dido, Bizet’s Carmen, and many more.
Last November she travelled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to participate in the district rounds of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition after being named a qualifying winner. She was also named a semi-finalist in the 2021 Camerata Bardi Vocal Competition, as well as the SAS Performing Arts Competition. She won an honorable mention in the professional division of Progressive Musicians Online Classics’ Competition, and was a finalist for Opera Idol 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
Holding a Bachelor’s of Voice from Mannes School of Music, she studies voice with Beth Roberts, coaches with Cristina Stanescu, and has participated in many concerts in conjunction with Mannes, including the Mannes Sounds Festival 2018, and two of Mannes’s main stage operas. In their apprentice artist program, she has performed scenes from Cosí Fan Tutte, Werther, Der Rosenkavalier, and Orfeo Ed Euridice. She has been a member of young artist programs as well as performed with opera companies throughout North America, including Teatro Grattacielo, Garden State Opera, Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Savannah Voice Festival, the International Vocal Arts Institute, Institut Canadien d’art Vocal, Manhattan Opera Studio, and the Eurasia Festival.
Offstage she is an active member of the staff for the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and has a strong passion for diverse concert programming as well as contemporary music. As a cellist, she has performed at Avery Fischer Hall, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and with many orchestras throughout New York City and the surrounding area.