Livia Brash is an Australian, award-winning soprano, currently based in Germany.
- Opera Today [Beatrice di Tenda, August 2019]
"Australian soprano Livia Brash has a richly upholstered and luxuriantly coloured lirico-dramatico soprano and she exhibited range, strength and nuance, rising with considerable power in the ensembles and showing stamina in the arias whose tessitura is frequently high... Brash's was an impressive performance of considerable commitment and accomplishment, and one from which she clearly derived enormous pleasure and fulfillment."
In 2020, Livia joined the artists of Düsseldorf Lyric Opera, was a participant in a masterclass conducted by the legendary Grace Bumbry, and in July was due to attend The Art of Lied in Munich, donated by the Bel Canto Summer Program and the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, courtesy of the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation (cancelled due to Covid-19). In 2019, Ms. Brash was one of twelve singers internationally to attend the prestigious Georg Solti Accademia in Italy, where she was under the tutelage of mentors such as Maestro Richard Bonynge AC CBE and Barbara Frittoli. She performed the title role of Bellini's Beatrice di Tenda as part of the London Bel Canto Festival with the London City Philharmonic Orchestra and appeared in recital at the National Liberal Club in London.
In the 2018 season Ms. Brash made four role debuts, touring Australia as Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), then appearing as a guest artist in the title roles Alcina and Tosca, and Mimi (La Bohème), where she was described by critics as "a star in the making".
The same year, she also made solo appearances with the Canberra Symphony's Opera Gala, Lake Macquarie Philharmonic's Elgar Concert, Willoughby Symphony's Opera Gala and Central Coast Philharmonic orchestra's Nelson Mass. Livia is the winner of the Richard Bonynge Award in the 2018 Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Competition.
In late 2018, Livia was chosen one of four Australian singers chosen to participate in a government funded operatic exchange to Germany, which left such an impression that within months, Livia chose Germany as her new base.
Livia is an Pacific Opera Young Artist alumna and has performed as soloist in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, The Chatswood Concourse, Llewellyn Hall in Canberra and Sydney Town Hall.
"Soprano Livia Brash is precociously gifted and ably performed her selections from Verdi with confidence and charm"
- Sounds Like Sydney
"Special guest soloist, Livia Brash, has quite a solid, "meaty" voice with an amazing range... and excellent control, never forced, effortlessly reaching impossibly high notes"
- City News, Canberra
"Brash excelled in her role as the eponymous heroine, with her gorgeous voice and fine acting chops really getting a workout... Brash brought a lovely combination of youthful vulnerability, physical beauty, and a tangible sense of personal power to her interpretation of the passionate diva. She is well on her way to crafting a Tosca worthy of international attention."
- Holly Champion
Performance highlights from the 2017 season include performances in Austria with the AIMS Symphony Orchestra, soloist in Theodorakis' Canto General with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and orchestra at City Recital Hall, concerts at the Sydney Opera House with Pacific Opera, guest soloist for Canberra Choral Society and Canberra Wind Symphony for their Last Night at the Proms event at Albert Hall and performing at the Christmas Eve service at Sydney Town Hall.
In 2017 Livia also won several awards from Australia's most prestigious singing Competitions. She won the Opera Foundation for young Australians Dalwood-Wylie AIMS Award, and the AIMS Sundell Award, which allowed her to receive tuition at the Vienna State Opera. She also came third in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Competition, as well as being named a finalist in the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition.
"The soprano, big-voiced, tall-framed and brassy blonde, Livia Brash, excels... In a world where sopranos proliferate, this young woman can more than hold her own."
"Brash is an authentic performer; a veritable tornado of fresh air vocally."
- Jack Madden
"[Brash] stunned musically too with precision, musicality and serene presence. Livia is a star with a stunning future ahead of her."
- Professor Stephanie Short
In 2016, Livia completed a Masters of Music Studies (Opera) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she was the recipient of the Geoffrey Rothwell Scholarship and the Joan Bonamy Scholarship. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) from the Australian National University.
Previous operatic roles include Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (Opera Hunter), Fiordiligi, Cosí fan tutte (Sydney Conservatorium), Berta, The Barber of Seville (CoOpera), Titania, The Fairy Queen (Sydney Conservatorium), Second Lady, Die Zauberflöte (Opera Laboratory), Mrs Dards/ Duchess of Desmond, English Eccentrics (Sydney Conservatorium), La Maestra delle Novizie, Suor Angelica (Sydney Conservatorium), Eurydice, L'Orfeo (Australian National University) and Nancy Waters, Albert Herring (Australian National University).
"The most successful was Livia Brash, who has already had considerable operatic experience. Her delivery of Rosina's aria from The Barber of Seville and Il est doux from Massenet's Herodiade was vocally and dramatically compelling."
- Richard Gate, Canberra Symphony Orchestra Website
Livia has performed as a soloist for diplomatic and vice-regal events, performing for General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Dame Quentin Bryce, Malcolm Turnbull, and ambassadors for the United States and Japan. She performed as a soloist opposite China's Three Tenors at the sold-out Sydney Opera House Joan Sutherland Theatre under the baton of Brian Castles-Onion AM. She has also been featured in performances for Enlighten Festival, Sydney Operatic Society, The Utzon Room Concert Series and Canberra Carols by Candlelight.
"With her lovely soprano voice, Livia Brash sang "Una voce poco fa" from Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia"with confidence and a great sense of fun... The soloists displayed impressive voices and technique, as well as thoughtful and believable presentation."
- City News, Canberra