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Olivia Barnes
Olivia Barnes is a singer, violinist and actor from Charlottetown. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Vocal Performance at the Universite de Montreal. Olivia studies with legendary soprano, Rosemarie Landry, mezzo-soprano Catherine Sévigny, baritone John Fanning and opera director, Robin Wheeler.

This winter, Olivia has performed in three operas. Through the l’Atelier d’opéra de l’Universite de Montreal, she played the Sorceress in Henry Purcell's, Dido & Aeneas directed by François Racine. In Maurice Ravel's, L'Enfant et les Sortilèges directed by François Racine, Olivia played La Chatte. The McGill Savoy Society put on Gilbert & Sullivan's, Pirates of Penzance with Roger Andrews directing and Olivia playing the role of Ruth.

A graduate of UPEI's music program, Olivia worked with renowned soprano, Sung Ha Shin-Bouey. Her degree also included a minor in Theatre. Olivia has taken Master Classes in classical singing with Dalton Baldwin and Carrie Ann Matheson. She has also participated in musical theatre Master Classes with Andrew Chapelle from the Broadway hit, "Hamilton" and Michael Cerveris who Playbill called, "arguably the most versatile leading man on Broadway."

Having recently won Gold in Quebec's Music Festival for classical singing, Olivia was invited to represent the Province of Quebec at the National Music Festival. Following her win in PEI's provincial competition in 2015, Olivia was a Finalist at the FCMF National Music Festival in Edmonton for Musical Theatre. In 2013, she won the Outstanding Vocal Performance Award bestowed by the PEI Registered Music Teachers' Association.

Olivia is a soloist at Universite de Montreal's Baroque, Chamber and Contemporary music concerts at the Salle Claude-Champagne as well as Churches throughout Montreal. In addition to having served as Director for the First Baptist Church Choir, Olivia was a member of UPEI's Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Women's Ensemble. She was also featured as a guest singer and violinist with the UPEI Jazz Ensemble.

Olivia has performed principal roles in various musical theatre and tv/film productions. She played Mrs. Dilber in Mavor Moore's A Christmas Carol on the Confederation Centre's Mainstage. Olivia has also had lead and principal roles in A.C.T.'s Shakespeare-in-the-Park productions.

During the summers, Olivia has worked with the Confederation Players at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in PEI, where in addition to acting and interpreting history, she was seen and heard leading the troupe's musical vignettes and choral performances as Music Director for three seasons.

When a member of the Strathgartney Chamber Orchestra, Olivia played classical violin. She also plays violin in an acoustic duet with her father, Tom Barnes, singing and harmonizing on a variety of tunes ranging from early jazz to country, gospel, bluegrass, traditional folk, vintage pop and more. They play at churches, ceilidhs, weddings, banquets and other events.

In 2008, Olivia received the EXCELLENCE IN MUSIC AWARD bestowed by Rowan Fitzgerald, recipient of Music PEI’s Lifetime Achievement Award. It was at this time that Olivia began to cultivate her jazz improvisation skills.

In past summers, Olivia played jazz violin in the Barnes Johnston Quartet and the Rehder Barnes duet on Victoria Row in Charlottetown. She has taken various jazz workshops and also jazz/swing classes with nationally renowned musical educator, Chalmers Doane, recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia.

Upcoming Gigs

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Olivia Barnes
7:30 PM Convocation Hall Edmonton, AB, Canada
Vocal Gems Concert

Sunday, June 4, 2017
Olivia Barnes
1:30 PM Robertson-Wesley United Church Edmonton, AB, Canada
Sacred Songs Concert

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Olivia Barnes
7:30 PM The Oasis Centre Edmonton, AB, Canada
Olivia plays Olga in Tchicovsky's Eugene Onegin.

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Olivia Barnes
7:30 PM Festival Place Edmonton, AB, Canada
Olivia plays Nettie Fowler in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel.