Olivia Prendergast
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Olivia Prendergast

“A name to look for on the posters of the world’s great opera houses in the near future”, soprano Olivia Prendergast is currently based in Philadelphia, PA. This summer, she joined the Merola Opera Program as Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten. For their Grande Finale, she sang a zarzuela duet as Carolina from Louisa Fernanda and as Zerlina in a sextet from Don Giovanni. She previously with Merola as a “thrilling” First Spirit and Papagena (cover) in their production of Die Zauberflöte. She also crooned oldies with Craig Terry and joyfully explored the French repertoire with “outstanding projection” in the Grand Finale Scenes Concert as Juliette from Romeo et Juliette and Frasquita from Carmen. A modern music lover, she sang with Indiana University Opera Theater as Margarita Xirgu in Ainadamar by Osvaldo Golijov, where she was praised as “a voice that can do anything”. While with Indiana University Opera Theater, she also performed as Romilda in Handel’s Xerxes and as Lisette in La Rondine by Puccini. Olivia sang as soprano soloist in Vesperae solennes de confessore by Mozart, Die Donner-Ode by Telemann and Weihnachts-Historie by Heinruch Schütz with conductor Dana Marsh. Proud to ‘bleed purple’, she is an alum of Northwestern University, where she appeared often on the Opera Theater stage, most notably as Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Lisa, in David T. Little’s visceral modern opera, Dog Days, and Flora in Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten.

An avid believer in the beauty of contemporary music, Olivia was the soloist in Steve Reich’s Tehillim and Shawn Jaeger’s Letters Made with Gold with Northwestern’s Contemporary Music Ensemble. Her vibrant interpretations of both operatic and song repertoire has led her to sing in masterclasses with notables such as Carrie-Ann Matheson, Michael Fabiano, Liestte Oropesa and Sherill Milnes. Olivia placed 2nd in the 2023 Midwest Regional Round in the Metropolitan Opera’s Laffont Competition and placed 4th in the 2023 Orpheus Competition. She won the Laffont Competition District Round in 2022 and also received an encouragement award in 2021. With her voice, Olivia hopes to draw audience members into an immersive, effervescent experience through the beauty of vulnerability of performance, creating a magnetic moment with her collaborators to transport her listeners.




Special Skill

Early/Baroque Specialist

Contemporary Classical Music