Vivien Shotwell is the author of Vienna Nocturne, a novel about a young soprano who loved Mozart, forthcoming in February 2014 from Ballantine Books and Doubleday Canada. A graduate of Williams College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Vivien is also a classically-trained singer, and recently received an Artist Diploma in opera performance from Yale University, where in February 2013 she sang the role of Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi. She was a 2011 and 2009 Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; and the recipient of the 2013 Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize and the 2012 David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize from the Yale School of Music. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, and has performed as a soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Aradia Ensemble, the Orchestra of New England, and The New Opera. Vivien was born in Colorado and raised in Nova Scotia. Her novel will be translated into eight languages.
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