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Josep-Ramon Olivé


Born in Barcelona in 1988, Josep-Ramon Olivé started his musical studies in the Escolania of Montserrat where apart from receiving both vocal and choral training he studied piano and cello. He finishes his bachelor’s degree on Choral Conducting (2010) and Singing (2012) in the ESMuC (Higher School of Music of Catalonia) with Josep Vila and Johan Duijck, and mezzo-soprano Mireia Pintó respectively. In 2014 he achieves a Singing Masters and in 2016 finishes the Opera Course both at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama studying with Professor Rudolf Piernay. Vocal master classes include names such as Richard Levitt, Graham Johnson, David Gowland, Eric Halfvarson, Carlos Mena, Edith Wiens, Gerald Finley, Helena Döse, Malcolm Martineau, Kurt Widmer, Josep Bros, Lynne Dawson, Luigi Alva & Teresa Berganza.

From 2010, Josep-Ramon collaborates regularly with different orchestras in the national and international scene such as the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Orquestra Barroca Catalana, the OBC, the London Handel Orchestra, the Orquestra Nacional de Cambra de Andorra, Les Concert des Nations, the Cambridge Philharmonic, Al Ayre Español or the Brussels Philarmonie. New recent venues include the Palau de la Música Catalana, the Auditorio Nacional of Madrid, the Auditorio Manuel de Falla of Granada, the Barcelona Auditorio, the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, the Catalan National Theatre, the Shanghai Grand Theatre, the Avignon Opera, the Vichy Opera or the Barbican Hall of London, amongst others. Such professional activity has allowed him to work under the baton of great conductors such as Jordi Savall, Kazushi Ono, Eduardo López Banzo, Johan Duijck, Mark Shanahan, Laurence Cummings, Sigiswald Kujken, Rubén Gimeno, Dominic Wheeler, Timothy Redmond or Lluís Vilamajó.

He has performed the roles of Il Conte in Mozart Le nozze di Figaro, Tarquinius in Britten The Rape of Lucretia, Orfeo in Monteverdi L’Orfeo, Lesbo in Handel Agrippina, Aeneas in Purcell Dido & Aeneas, Frank in Strauss Die Fledermaus, Pantalone in Wolf-Ferrari Le donne curiose Thésée in Martinů Ariane and Uberto in Pergolesi La Serva Padrona. His Oratorio repertoire includes Brahms Ein deutches Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Duruflé Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Vesperae Solenne de Confessore, Orff Carmina Burana, Handel Messiah and Alexander Balus and Bach B minor Mass, Magnificat, various Cantatas and the Weinachts Oratorium. As a lieder performer he has sung Brahms Die schöne Magelone, Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Schumann Dichterliebe, Ravel Histoires Naturelles, Fauré La bonne chanson and Schubert Die schöne Müllerin amongst others.

Olivé has been awarded with the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2015 Handel Singing Competition, the 2nd Prize at the 2013 International Singing Competition ‘Symphonies d’Autômne’ (Mâcon), the 2nd Prize at the 2013 International Singing Competition ‘Germans Pla’ (Balaguer) and the 2nd Prize at the 2011 Concurso Permanente of Juventudes Musicales de España. In 2015 he is also nominated Oxford Lieder Young Artist together with pianist Ben-San Lau.

In 2014 he takes part in the premiere of the opera L’Eclipsi by García-Demestres at the Catalan National Theatre with the role of Carles as well as at the rerun of Morera La Viola d’Or with the leading role of Serafí. Some of his training achievements include having been part of the European Baroque Academy of Ambronay and the Pedagogic Project of the Madrid’s Teatro Real. Besides, he has recorded for Alia-Vox, Columna Música, Phaedra, Discmedi and Musièpoca labels. Josep-Ramon is currently a member of the Capella Reial de Catalunya conducted by Jordi Savall.

During 2015/16 season Josep-Ramon Olivé is a resident artist both at the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera and the Ateneu – CMEM of Banyoles.

Last updated: Jul 2019