Olivia Donnel, Creative Assistant and Connoisseur Series Project Director is a professional opera singer and budding arts administrator with a love of performing and a passion for making the performing arts accessible to her community. She aims to bring exceptional music to all audiences through educational and inspiring performances. Olivia performed with the DCC as a Gordon Nelson Scholar (21’-23’) and currently serves as the Creative Assistant for the choir. She is excited to expand her administrative responsibilities and act as the Program Director of the Connoisseur Series.
Olivia holds a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and a master's degree in vocal performance from Oakland University. Some of her favorite performed roles include Fiordiligi from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Chrysothemis from Strauss’ Elektra, Inez from Verdi’s Il trovatore, Dido from Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, and Galatea from Handel’s Acis & Galatea. Olivia has performed as a young artist for the Dramatic Voices Program of Berlin and the Southern Illinois Music Festival, and in 2020 was awarded an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council district auditions. She is regularly featured as a choral soloist in ensembles across the metro Detroit area and serves as a section leader for the First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak. When not performing, Olivia can be found teaching at the Rochester Conservatory of Music.