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Vivien Hamilton's performance repertoire is wide-ranging and includes the music of Bach, Bauld, Blow, Byrd, Couperin, Delalande, Dowland, Hildegard of Bingen, Bononcini, Gasparini, Handel, Haydn, Humfrey, MacMillan, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Scarlatti, Schubert, Schumann, Britten, Strauss; her opera repertoire includes Purcell, Massenet, Monteverdi, Lully and Mozart.

The Age

"skilled exuberance ... a chain of pleasures performed to a rapt, totally absorber audience ... of particularly high quality ... Hamilton's moving solo turn as the distressed girl in the three sectioned Lamento della Ninfa." Love and the Art of War: with Ludovico's Band and e21: Castlemaine State Festival 2007.

The Age

"...the evening's second half was a chain of pleasures performed to a rapt, totally absorbed audience ... of particular high quality were Hamilton's moving solo turn as the distressed girl in the ... Lamento della Ninfa (Monteverdi)." with Ludovico's Band and e21: North Melbourne Town Hall.

The Age

"Lamentations far from lamentable ... for undeniable emotional impact, you could not go past two splendid high points ... Vivien Hamilton and tenor Irving Dekterev gave a passionate performance of Gavin Bryar's "Oi Mi Lasso". tears, laments and complaints: e21: Horti Hall, Melbourne.

Ballarat Courier

" ... the rhythmic energy of the dance music was irresistible, while the sultry voice of Vivien Hamilton added an even more colourful dimension." Renaissance Spanish and Italian Music: La Compania: Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields.

Albury Paper

"From the first note it was clear that the historical performance pioneers of the last 30 years really did have a point ... when Hamilton lit up the gallery with musical pearls ... she was able to convey a very wide range of emotions and contrasts. It was most welcome to hear musicians more interested in presenting music as the composers intended, rather than using the notes as a basis for extravagant display." "Lucrezia" A Woman Wronged": The Orpheus Ensemble: Albury/Wadonga Art Gallery.

The Age

"Treasures of the past uncovered...among the various entertainments and celebrations organized for the Federation Festival this series of six programs came close to the ideal of revisiting Australia's past without reducing history to chauvinistic hoopla or enmeshing an audience in tedious scholarship ... the singing was excellent: baritone Lucas de Jong was a constant source of energy ... in league with sopranos Merlyn Quaife, Vivien Hamilton, mezzo Roxanne Hislop, tenor Angus Wood, baritone John Bolton-Wood ..." Federation Festival 2001: curator Richard Divall.

The Age

"Holy Week lessons are a late night treat ... these lessons for the three days leading up to Easter Sunday are simple and yet effective arrangements that require eloquent voices and a sympathetic accompaniment. You couldn't have asked for a better line-up of talent ... Vivien Hamilton caressed the music splendidly in the sparse surrounds of the college chapel." Les Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin) with Deborah Kayser, Soprano, Rosemary Hunt, baroque Cello, Elizabeth Anderson, Harpsichord/Organ: Ormond College: (Holy Week Celebrations).

The West Australian

"The Terrace Proms transformed the city at the weekend ... Melbourne's soprano Vivien Hamilton was in top form in Italian arias." Music from the Italian Baroque with Suzanne Wijsman, baroque cello and Simon Lawford, Harpsichord.

Ballarat Paper

"The spiritual beauty was matched by the performance ... the beautifully, relaxed voices (Deborah Kayser and Vivien Hamilton) and sublte accompaniment created an ethereal almost mesmerizing effect." Les Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin) with Deborah Kayser, Soprano, Rosemary Hunt, baroque Cello, Elizabeth Anderson, Harpsichord/Organ: Ballarat Opera Festival.

The Age

"The Orange Tree is a lengthy song covering the complete 10 stanzas of John Shaw Neilson's poem of the same name. It has a rhapsodic quality that nonetheless is full of variety that soprano Vivien Hamilton, Emmas Viskic (Clarinet) and Devianni Segal effortlessly displayed" Margaret Sutherland Centenary Concert. "Hamilton, strong and dramatic ... a rare experience ... " Les Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin) with Deborah Kayser, Soprano, Rosemary Hunt, baroque Cello, Elizabeth Anderson, Harpsichord/Organ: Ormond College Chapel.

The Age

"Fine moment in wordy opera ... the performances were very good: so good that one heard almost every work. As Miss Tina ... Vivien Hamilton's voice becamse perceptibly sweet as the character blossomed." The Aspern Papers (Michael Hurd): Collins Street Grand Music Promenade.

The Age

"Hamilton was the hardest worked vocalist, infusing her solos with enthusiasm and splendidly controlled vigour." Mr Purcell and Company A Tercentenary Concert: The Orpheus Ensemble (Vivien Hamilton, soprano, Margaret Waugh, Cello, Priscilla Taylor, Harpsichord): Celebrations Series: The Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne.

The Age

"put bluntly, this is magnificent music (Monteverdi, Gabrieli) ... Vivien Hamilton contributed 11 times during the night, soaring effortlessly above the rich, low colour of the organ and a sackbut continuo ... and later cutting through the sombre Sackbutt texture." Spring Concert: Fonte Musicale: Sacred Heart Church.

The Age

"In the Mozart Mass ... Vivien Hamilton ... impressed for her clarity of articulation and the ability to be heard over the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra: Music for Holy Week. Ormond College Choir.

The Age

"The two sopranos each sang a lesson and combined mellifluously in the third: although their voices are different ... Hamilton strong and dramatic ... the accuracy and clean delineation of both lines, intertwining and sprialling above the chaste organ/harpsichord ... and the study viol ... gave those of us lucky to get into the chapel a rare and musical experience, one that gives sensual enjoyment and intellectual satisfaction." Les Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin) with Deborah Kayser, Soprano, Miriam Morris, Viola da Gamba, Elizabeth Anderson, Harpsichord/Organ: Ormond College Chapel.