is an Australian, award-winning soprano, currently based in Germany.
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."
Livia Brash is currently a member of Düsseldorf Lyric Opera and is sponsored by the Wagner Society NSW (Australia).
She recently made her Wagnerian debut as Sieglinde in Dramatic Voices Berlin's film of Die Walküre, which will be released in Spring, 2023.
Before the global pandemic, 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. She was set to make her debut in title role of Verdi's Aida at the WIN Entertainment Centre Stadium in Australia (cancelled)
In the 2018 season Ms. Brash made four role debuts, 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", she also toured Australia as Rosina/Bertha swing (Il Barbiere di Siviglia). 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. She is also the winner of the Richard Bonynge Award in the 2018 Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Competition.
Livia is a 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.
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. She also performed Donna Elvira in Opera Hunter's season of Don Giovanni, and Zweite Dame in Opera Laboratory's production of Die Zauberflöte. The same year, 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.
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. Here, she performed the roles of Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte, Titania in the Fairy Queen, Mrs Dards/ Duchess of Desmond in Williamson's English Eccentrics and La Maestra delle Novizie, in Suor Angelica. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) from the Australian National University, where she performed Eurydice in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo and Nancy Waters in Albert Herring.
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.
"Australian soprano Livia Brash has a richly upholstered and luxuriantly coloured lirico-dramtico soprano and
she exhibited range, strength and nuance, rising with considerable power in the ensembles and
showing stamina in 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."
- Opera Today
"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
"With her lovely soprano voice, Livia Brash sang "Una voce poco fa" 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
"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
"The most successful was Livia Brash, who has already had considerable operatic experience...
Il est doux from Massenet's Herodiade was vocally and dramatically compelling."
- Richard Gate, Canberra Symphony Orchestra Website