Olivia Fuchs was born in London and spent her childhood in Greece, the US and from the age of five in Germany. Having finished her Abitur Olivia moved to London to study Drama and German at Westfield College‚ University of London, affiliated to Central School of Speech and Drama. She was awarded the May McKisack prize for Best Finalist in the Arts and won a scholarship to study at Berkley University‚ California. She then went on to complete the Postgraduate Acting course at the Drama Studio‚ London.
At the beginning of her career Olivia was co-founder of Cracked Mirror Theatre Company and ran a fringe theatre in Camden. Theatre work with her own company includes national tours of Yerma‚ The Madman and the Nun and Ulysses Blooms as well as Woyzeck‚ Le Malade Imaginaire and the British Premieres of Washday and The Round Table‚ in her own translations
Since then she has worked extensively in opera and music-theatre. Productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal Opera House‚ The Marriage of Figaro at English National Opera‚ Rusalka for Opera Australia (for which she was awarded Best Director and Best Production in both the Helpmann and the Green Room Awards)‚ Pelleas et Melisande at Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Madama Butterfly in Magdeburg, Germany, The Rake’s Progress, The Magic Flute, Cherivichki‚ May Night‚ and Osud/Sarka at Garsington‚ Don Giovanni‚ Rusalka and The Pied Piper at Opera North‚ Lucia di Lammermoor, Pelléas et Mélisande, Katya Kabanova, Jenufa‚ Macbeth‚ Fidelio and Luisa Miller with Opera Holland Park‚ Die Zauberflöte in Oviedo‚ La Traviata, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore with the Danish National Opera‚ Saul at the Buxton Festival and an Opera Gala for Bergen National Opera.
Other projects include: Romeo et Juliette for British Youth Opera‚ Carmen‚ the musical for Pimlico Opera‚ Italian Songbook (ROH‚ Linbury Studio) La Traviata (English Touring Opera)‚ The Turn of the Screw (Brighton Festival)‚ the World Premiere of The Maids by John Lunn (an ENO‚ Lyric Theatre Hammersmith‚ Theatre Works co-production)‚ Apollo and Hyacinth by Mozart (Classical Opera Company‚ National Opera Studio Showcase (Queen Elizabeth Hall, London)‚ Il Trovatore and La Bohéme (Opera South‚ Ireland)‚ Handel’s Arminio and Giustino (London Handel Society/Trinity), Johnny Johnson (Opera Factory Zurich) and Falstaff (Guildhall School of Music and Drama). She has devised and created several projects including Burning Mirrors for the ENO studio and Pleasure Palaces‚ a millennium production for the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. She was Associate Director on productions at ENO‚ Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Opera Factory.
Current and future plans include Hansel und Gretel at Garsington‚ Der Rosenkavalier in Magdeburg and Madama Butterfly in Oviedo.