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Song at Wolfson: Olivia Boen & Sholto Kynoch

05 May 2022, 18:00 - 19:00

We are delighted to welcome soprano Olivia Boen, with pianist Sholto Kynoch, for a programme of songs that owes its origins to Salzburg's famous Café Bazar. The Café Bazar was an extraordinary meeting place for creative intellectuals in the 1920s and was the launchpad for the International Society of Contemporary Music one hundred years ago. Today's programme features music by some of the most important composers in ISCM's early days: Debussy, Strauss, Ethel Smyth, Manuel de Falla and others.

Olivia is an award-winning graduate of the Opera Course at the Guildhall where she was a finalist in the 2021 Gold Medal competition at the Barbican. She also gave one of the 2021 Oxford Lieder Festival's 'Emerging Artist' slots.


Olivia Boen performs Undine Smith Moore's 'Love Let the Wind Cry' with pianist Dylan Perez. This recording was filmed by TallWall Media at the 2021 Oxford Lieder Festival live from St John the Evangelist Church.


Artist Portrait

Olivia Boen

Olivia Boen


Praised for her “full-bodied, sparkling tone” (Cleveland Classical), Chicago-born lyric soprano Olivia Boen is increasingly in demand both on the operatic stage and in the recital hall. In the 2022-23 season, she will make her role debuts as Musetta and Gretel at the Hamburg Staatsoper, where she will be joining the International Opera Studio. This season, Olivia made her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis in Beethoven’s concert aria “Ah, Perfido!” and performed her f... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. In July 2018, Sholto was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in the RAM Honours. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festi... Read Full Biography

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