"Stevens is passion from the moment she walks on stage"
"Olivia Stevens is disarming. She is a pretty and vivacious young woman with an open, generous smile, bringing to mind Dana Delaney or a young Donna Reed. When she begins to sing, however, Stevens loses all guilelessness. She assumes control...and takes no prisoners."
"Stevens is passion from the moment she walks on stage."
She is an actress. Her voice is strong and versatile, taking her into intoxicating low tones and gentle higher territory. It is her acting talent, however, and her energy and dance training that drive her performance with drama and grace."
"Like the title of her show at the Metropolitan Room, Olivia – Passion, Olivia Stevens is passion from the moment she walks on stage, inviting all emotions the songs offer, and sinking into them with relish.
She is an actress. Her voice is strong and versatile, taking her into intoxicating low tones and gentle higher territory. It is her acting talent, however, and her energy and dance training that drive her performance with drama and grace.
While she has a robust belt, Stevens was most compelling in her softer numbers, consumed by life's questions in 'Where I Want to Be' (Chess) by Andersson/Ulvaeus and Tim Rice, and the poignancy and emptiness in 'Look Mommy, No Hands' (Keane). Director Eric Michael Gillett wrapped the show around the song's point, 'How careless we are when we're young.'
There are some cabaret fans who do not appreciate songs in other languages. I am not one of them; I enjoyed Stevens' compelling French and German renditions, with their mix of sentimentality and cynicism, and I got a personal kick out of hearing 'Cabaret' in Swedish. Stevens was accompanied by pianist Eric Rausch."
Splendid performance with artist Olivia Stevens in Washington
It was quite an evening when Swedish-American artist Olivia Stevens performed her program "Passion," with Erich Rauch playing the piano, at the House of Sweden in Washington last night, Friday, February 25. She delivered a rich mixture of songs and stories from her Swedish, French, Norwegian and American experiences, with lyrics and narratives in Swedish, English, French and German.
For the occasion, the House of Sweden transformed its Alfred Nobel Hall into a cabaret night club for the performance, complete with cocktail tables with candles, low lights and plenty of wine for the audience.
Ms. Stevens was born in Sweden to an American father and a Swedish mother, and is now based in New York and Stockholm. She has starred in plays and musicals in London, Stockholm, Oslo and Warsaw. Being a true cosmopolitan, she has performed at the Théâtre du Soleil in Paris, played Shakespeare In London and Oscar Wilde in New York. Critics hailed her leading roles in Cabaret, West Side Story and Chess as "outstanding."
This year, Olivia Stevens has performed her acclaimed one-woman shows "Pleasure & Peril" and "Romance" to sold-out audiences in Europe and New York City. She has also co-starred in the feature film "All Screwed Up," and her Swedish feature film "Lies to Love" opens in Europe this spring."