(018) 299-1692 music@nwu.ac.za

Date of appointment:
1 July 2012

Qualifications completed:
Honours BMus, Opera Diploma

Teaching responsibilities:
Voice & Voice Pedagogy

Who are/were your professional mentors/inspiration?
Emma Renzi, Renee Fleming.

Antoinette Olivier

Ms Olivier (middle) with Dawn Brown (left) and Emma Renzi (right).

Top 5 must-hear music:
1. J Canu — Epilogue, sung by Renee Fleming
2. Giordano — La mamma morte from Andrea Chenier, sung by Aprile Millo
3. Mahler — Ich hab den Welt abhanden gekommen, sung by J van Dam
4. Cent Mille Chansons, sung by Frieda Boccara
5. Verdi — Ricordare from Requiem, sung by L Price & F Cossotto

Which personal music experiences are most memorable to you?
World première of Hendrik Hofmeyr’s cycle for soprano and orchestra.

Top 5 must-read books:
1. To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. People of the lie by M Scott Peck
3. As I walked out one midsummer’s morning by Laurie Lee
4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
5. Goeiemôre, mnr. Mandela by Zelda le Grange

Favourite quote(s):
“Lie is so unmusical a word.”

Top 5 must-see movies:
1. Cinema Paradiso
2. The English Patient
3. Babette’s Feast
4. Il bacio di Tosca (The kiss of Tosca)
5. Aristocats

Antoinette Olivier

With Gerhard Maritz and Tinus Botha after a concert in Grahamstown.

Which television shows can you watch over and over again?
Downton Abbey

Favourite food:
Sushi, ice cream

Favourite drink(s):
Champagne, whisky, water

How do you relax?
A bit of gardening, watching DVD, reading.

Family (spouse / children):
Sebastiaan & Oskar … ginger felines.

Which places would you still like to visit?
Italy, Russia.

Antoinette Olivier

In Finland.

What is the ringtone on your cell phone?
iPhone: Strum

What is your favourite moment of the day/week/year at the Conservatory?
First day of practical exams.