Libby O’Donovan

Libby O’Dononvan is a “powerful and sassy performer” (SMH), renowned for her nuanced interpretations and extraordinary voice. She is a critically acclaimed Jazz and Cabaret performer and an award-winning Musical Director. Libby has entertained audiences world-over with her unique talents, performing in New York, Tokyo and Toronto as well as Australia-wide. Equally at home in small ensemble acts as well as solo performances, she has been a proud member of ARIA nominated Coco’s Lunch, Flat on Your Bacharach, and Women With Standards, for which she won a Green Room Award for Musical Direction. Highly regarded as a solo artist, Libby has performed seasons for the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Edinburgh Fringe, Sydney Spring Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, the International Jazz Educators Convention, Adelaide Cabaret Festival (including working with Broadway composers Jason Robert-Brown and Andrew Lippa), Melbourne Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Feast Festival, and this year performed across India as part of the Hindu Festival. Her theatre credits include Matthew Robinson’s Metro Street, Doppio Parallelo’s DJ Squat, Contaminations Lab and The Last Child, Vitalstatistix’s Way Dead Cool and Patch Theatre Company’s Sharon Keep Ya Hair On! Libby’s recent body of work in Cabaret includes The Story of Meredith Crocksley, Some of My Best Friends Are Single and Gady La La: Songs for the Sophisticated Fag Hag. She was a featured soloist for the Australian Premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, with American tenor Jubilant Sykes, for the 2012 Adelaide Festival of Arts. As a recording artist she has featured on numerous Jazz and Cabaret albums, as well as her critically acclaimed self penned albums The Complication and her current album release, Home To You. Libby is also highly in demand as a composer, arranger and musical director. Most recently, she wrote and recorded the theme song for both the Adelaide Feast Festival and Women Say Something, Mardi Gras 2014 with Australian singer Beccy Cole. Libby is currently supporting Beccy Cole on a national tour. The Cowgirl and The Showgirl, starring Beccy Cole and Libby O’Donovan, will premiere at this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival. “Libby O’Donovan, impressive as always, is engaging, cheeky and unquestionably one of the hardest working singers in Australia. Her richness of vocal range and emotion-filled song interpretations are captivating and instantly engaging.” Rip It Up