Oliver studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Wales International Academy of Voice, following a degree in music from Trinity College, Cambridge. He has participated in masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Josephine Barstow, Dame Ann Murray, Richard Bonynge, Della Jones, Nelly Miricioiu, Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles. On the opera stage his roles include Claudio Agrippina (Cambridge Handel Opera), Fasolt Das Rheingold and Hunding Die Walküre (Fulham Opera), Dr Grenvil and Marquis d’Obigny La Traviata (Clonter Opera and Riverside Opera), Superintendent Budd Albert Herring (Britten-Pears Programme), Immigration Officer Flight (British Youth Opera), and Osmin The Abduction from the Seraglio (Surrey Opera). Following his success in the 2012 Bayreuth Bursary Competition, in which he was awarded the runner-up prize, he covered the role of Fasolt in Longborough Festival Opera’s complete Ring Cycle. Other performances last year include cover Polyphemus Acis and Galatea (Iford Arts/Early Opera Company) and Arkel Pelléas et Mélisande (Grimeborn Festival); forthcoming engagements include Ashby La Fanciulla del West (Midsummer Opera) and reprising the roles of Fasolt and Hunding in Fulham Opera’s Ring Cycle.
Oliver appears regularly as an oratorio soloist, in works including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Passions and the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Brahms. A committed recitalist, recent performances include songs by Wolf, Poulenc and Richard Rodney Bennett at The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff. He has sung in a concert series of the complete Fauré songs with Graham Johnson, and performed with David Owen Norris’s group The Works. For eleven years he was a member of vocal ensemble Stile Antico, recording seven albums for Harmonia Mundi which gained a Gramophone Award and two nominations for the Grammys, and touring with Sting as part of his Dowland lute song project Songs from the Labyrinth. Oliver is very grateful to the Wagner Society, The Kathleen Trust, The South Square Trust, the Seary Trust, the Lynn Foundation and the John Wates Charitable Trust for their support of his studies.