Tiemey, Vivian, English soprano; b. London, Nov. 26, 1957. She studied with Rita Crosby, Eduardo Asquez, and Jeffrey Neilson-Taylor. At age 17, she joined the chorus of the D’Oyly Carte Co., and soon sang principal roles with it at home and abroad. After appearances with the Kent Opera and Opera 80, she made her debut with the English National Opera in London in Orpheus in the Underworld in 1986. In 1989 she created the role of Regan in the British premiere of Reimann’s Lear in London. From 1989 to 1991 she was a member of the Freiburg im Breisgau Opera, where her roles included the Marschallin, Katerina Ismailova, Iduna in Burkhard’s Das Feuerwerk, and Renata in The Fiery Angel. In 1990 she created the title role in Holloway’s Clarissa in London. She portrayed Rosalinde at the English National Opera in 1991, and then sang Ellen Orford at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1992. In 1993 she was engaged as Berg’s Marie with Opera North in Leeds. During the 1994-95 season, she sang the Dyer’s Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten in Basel. She appeared as Gutrune at London’s Covent Garden in 1995. After appearing as Mrs. Coyle in Owen Wingrave at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1997, she returned to London to sing Tatiana in 1998 and Salome in 1999.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire